Neue Folkwang Reisdence

Neue Folkwang Residence

In 2021 Museum Folkwang and the Neuer Essener Kunstverein initiated Neue Folkwang Residence – an artist-in-residence programme. Two places will be awarded every year to international artists covering in both cases a five-month period in Essen. The residency also includes a solo show at Neuer Essener Kunstverein and Museum Folkwang in the context of the “6 ½ Weeks” series. The artist-in-residence programme is enabled by the Folkwang-Museumsverein and the Olbricht Foundation and is sponsored by Vonovia.

The combined house and studio is located in Essen’s Eltingviertel, a district close to downtown, the university and the central railway station. Here the artists live and work in a multi-storey modernized building dating from 1883 boasting 170 square metres of space. The Neue Folkwang Residence enables artists to bring their know-how and art to bear in other contexts, to establish networks in the region, and to focus single-mindedly on advancing specific projects. The programme is also intended to intensify the interaction between international artists and the local art scene and to reinforce Essen’s position as a centre of output by the visual arts.

The artists in residence are nominated by an international commission, which changes its composition every year. The final selection is made jointly by the museum and the Kunstverein.


2021: Olu Ogunnaike und Min Yoon
2022: Kate Mackeson und Valentina Triet
Leyla Aydoslu und Won Oduk Cha

In the form of the Neuer Folkwang Residence Museum Folkwang is reviving the long tradition of its former guest-house in Essen-Werden. The first artists came in 1971 and for several decades it accommodated numerous international guest artists and scholars who exhibited and researched at Museum Folkwang and in the region.

Made possible by Folkwang-Museumsverein e.V and Stiftung Olbricht

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