Through partnerships with American and international institutions, Atelierhaus Hilmsen supports the education and professional development of artists and scholars from around the world with an emphasis in the Arts and Humanities. Residents come together to create and research in complete freedom, unmediated by external distractions.
Atelierhaus Hilmsen selects artists and scholars of varying disciplines regardless of age, sex or nationality to experience an unforgettable place of creativity and mystery. Through the alchemy of diversity, spacious studios and the wondrous environment of Hilmsen, the Atelierhaus becomes a channel for deeper understanding across cultures and perspectives as well as a catalyst for spontaneous collaborative projects.
BEGINNING WITH A PIONEERING SPIRIT Hans Molzberger, Founder
Hans Molzberger, a self-taught artist, was born in 1953 in Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany’s Rhineland region, where his family lived for generations working in industrial ceramic factories. In 1982, as a result of mounting personal crises and a fervent need to reassess his life, Molzberger opened a studio in Wendland, Germany. By 1991, his first solo museum exhibition was featured at the Jenny-Marx Museum in Salzwedel, Germany.
Molzberger’s early works were primarily assemblages which incorporated Raku ceramic objects. Eventually, he turned to printmaking, creating woodcuts and large-scale silkscreens which contained political references. Most recently, he has begun incorporating 3D printing technology into his sculptural work.
Molzberger has worked in Israel, France, The Netherlands, Poland and Russia and has lectured at various major universities. He currently divides his time between Germany and Houston, Texas where he is a Professor of Sculpture at Houston Baptist University. He is also the director of Atelierhaus Hilmsen, which he founded in 1996. For more details about Hans Molzberger and his work, please click HERE.
COURAGEOUS VISION The Hamlet of Hilmsen + The Farm
Hilmsen is a small hamlet located 10 miles outside of the medieval town of Salzwedel in the former territory of the German Democratic Republic (population 25,000). Salzwedel is centrally located between Hamburg and Berlin. Culturally rich with a charming aesthetic, modern amenities, and a fascinating history, Salzwedel is a place of interest for many travelers along the old Eastern border. In 1993, Hans Molzberger acquired 50,000 square meters of land in Hilmsen, which included a Gothic farmhouse built in 1906 along with several dilapidated barns, to continue to create large-scale sculpture.
TWINS ARE BORN Atelierhaus Hilmsen + Molzberger Academy
Molzberger began making minor modifications and additions to the farm and facilities so the environment would be more conducive for studio artwork. He started hosting his friends and fellow artists to create their own work, research and collaborate. This led to the founding of Atelierhaus Hilmsen (meaning “ studio house” in English), a professional arts and humanities residency and non-profit organization.
Simultaneously, Molzberger’s outreach to local schools as well as his new friendships with Houston based artists Sharon Kopriva and Michael Roque Collins resulted in an offer of employment as a Professor of Art at Houston Baptist University. Molzberger invited scholars from Texas to visit Hilmsen. This was the catalyst for the birth of Molzberger Academy, a summer student residency program for students which operates out of Atelierhaus Hilmsen 501(c)(3).
In 2015, Atelierhaus Hilmsen became a Local Action Group supported by the European Union LEADER structure fund. This will support various grounds improvements.
ART-NETZWERK The Umbrella Organization
In the USA, Atelierhaus Hilmsen operates under the umbrella of the Houston based, non-profit organization Art-Netzwerk. All donations and payments to Atelierhaus Hilmsen are made to Art-Netzwerk 501(c)(3). For more information about Art-Netzwerk click HERE.
ABOUT THE HOSTS
Kathrin Wirth, manages the accounting for Atelierhaus Hilmsen as well as the facilities and rooms within the house itself. Kathrin is a delightful and gracious host for the residents. Kathrin works full time as a family consultant and social worker in Germany.
Artist and founder, Hans Molzberger has worked tirelessly to build and maintain Atelierhaus Hilmsen. Recently, Hans has been successful in gaining funding from the European Union which has been instrumental in making improvements and upgrades to the residency facilities. When in Hilmsen, Hans enjoys conducting workshops and engaging with the local community near the residency through various programs. During the academic season, Hans works full time as a sculptor professor at Houston Baptist University in the United States.
ART /// NETZWERK + Atelierhaus Hilmsen : The Third MindAtelierhaus gives special thanks to its Houston-based, umbrella organization ART NETZWERK, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. ART NETZWERK kick-started the mission and vision of Atelierhaus-Hilmsen. With their generosity, hard work and collaborative spirit, Atelierhaus is able to continue its mission. We look forward to continued relations with our friends at ART NETZWERK. All donations and payments are made to ART NETZWERK.
ART /// NETZWERK IS AN INNOVATIVE, NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION WHICH FOCUSES ON CULTIVATING THE PROMOTION, UNDERSTANDING AND APPRECIATION OF THE ARTS + HUMANITIES.
We champion motivated individuals, businesses, and organizations locally and internationally by offering a variety of administrative and development oriented services. ART NETZWERK serves groups, individual projects, and community initiatives by maintaining operational stability through fiscal sponsorship opportunities, handling project management responsibilities, and expanding partnerships so they may better realize their mission and vision.