In 2007, Katrin Liesenfeld-Jordan and Dirk
Liesenfeld made their home at the art-lodge, an old farm house in the middle of
the carinthian Nockberge mountains that was converted into a small hotel to
host not only individual guests but nonetheless their growing art collection. So,
the collection is spreaded all over the hotel comprising of two buildings to
make young art tangible for the guests and everybody entering the buildings
instead of storing it or showing it in the white cube of a museum.
Since the main focus is on collecting art
and being in close contact with artists, the opening times of the hotel are
adapted to the art projects instead of focusing on sales and key figures.
art-lodge-projects supports an artist-in-residence
programme, encouraging artists to benefit from the idyllic surroundings and to integrate
with the local community. So, not only young artists have the chance to develop
new ideas in a laid back atmosphere, but they help to keep the collectors’ brains
and thinking young and updated. Last but not least, the hotel guests benefit
from the chance to meet young artists next to their breakfast table and to
learn about different ways of thinking in a relaxed and unexcited atmosphere.
The steadily growing sculpture park was
built on an approximately 1 hectare alpine pasture and is to offer a surprising
experience in this environment - free of charge for all.
Centred around a core belief in
conversation and personal exchange, the art-lodge offers a variety of special
events including lobby talks, high -art cookings and guided tours, and personal
conversation. The art-lodge also provides a range of
art books and catalogues as well as a “LOKAL” called bar & café that integrates a tiny concept store with local products up to small art editions.