HCOB Art Foundation supports the “sinn.vor.ort”

October 2021 – For almost 30 years now, Hamburg Commercial Bank’s Art Foundation has been supporting contemporary fine arts and culture in Schleswig-Holstein. The work never felt more important than today. A new project in Pinneberg in October showed how art can help put the Corona pandemic behind us.

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The public space has to be rediscovered and reinvigorated. This is the central idea behind the “sinn.vor.ort” project, which took place over a total of three weekends in October in Pinneberg near Hamburg. The Pinneberg Museum and the art group“feine menschen” (subtle people) wanted to conquer the public space of Pinneberg around the Drosteiplatz with their art and thus revitalize it. “Through this action, both the respective specific local history and contemporary developments of our society are expressed, and their particular relevance is examined,” says Ina Duggen-Below, Director of Pinneberg Museum. After the completion of the actions, the museum director is highly satisfied: "I am very happy about the new perspective on Pinneberg that the artists have brought in.

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Hamburg Commercial Bank with a long tradition of supporting the arts

This project was supported by the Art Foundation of the Hamburg Commercial Bank. The HCOB promotes contemporary fine arts and culture in Schleswig-Holstein through its Art Foundation, which was established in 1992 by LB Kiel.

The foundation allows a curator to develop and implement an art program that corresponds to the foundation’s main objective – above all, supporting young, talented artists. Getting started in this profession, which is associated with a great deal of insecurity, requires a lot of courage and a strong, helping hand.

„The exciting thing about this project is the stimulation of a physical debate about art and space. It’s about how one positions one’s self in space, which activates the perception and elicits an immediate reaction of the beholder.t“

Angela Krzykowski & Nicole Neumann, HCOB Art Foundation Board of Directors

Focus on supporting young art

With the performance artist Sabrina Schuppelius, who earned her Master's degree at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts in Kiel in 2019, such a young talent was active at the kick-off in Pinneberg on October 2. In her opening performance "An bei", Schuppelius used choreographic walking to re-experience the movements and flows of urban space. Public space was taken for granted and considered secondary by many of us in the past. Now it has to be made accessible to the public once again.

The four artists from “feine menschen” also played their part. The art group is known for its actions in which they subtly question assumptions about public space and address its social relevance in a straightforward fashion.

“The exciting thing about this project is the stimulation of a physical debate about art and space. It’s about how one positions one’s self in space, which activates the perception and elicits an immediate reaction of the beholder,” say Angela Krzykowski and Nicole Neumann from the HCOB Art Foundation Board of Directors.

In total, 28 artists were involved in the overarching performance over all three October weekends, including the creative writing group “Der Schnipsel” (the scrap of paper) and the sculptor Oskar Schroeder.