BUILDING

The Bielefelder Kunstverein is housed in a manor farm once belonging to local nobility, built in the style of the Weser renaissance and dating from the 16th century. It lies in the centre of Bielefeld, not far from the Kunsthalle Bielefeld and the Old City with its pedestrian precinct.

THE VAULTS / HIREAGE

In its present form, the Waldhof is a structure from the late renaissance. Certain parts of its substance date back to the time of Bielefeld’s foundation as a city in the 13th century. The Waldhof’s forty square metre vaults hail from the Gothic era and offer a particularly atmospheric setting for events. It can be hired by private individuals or by firms and has room for a maximum of 30 people. Should this be of interest, then you are welcome to assure yourself of its special atmosphere in situ, whilst we will be pleased to advise you on your individual needs.

ELISABETH MASÉ

Elisabeth Masé, The Morning, 2000, spatially-integrated installation

»In the rear area of the room, with its ambience of a self-contained place of refuge, a colourful piece of fitted sculpture in several pieces has taken shape: in the sense of a picture you can walk into, painted with light, red and lilac, silver, white and just a little blue. The red tabletop rests on five red cubes. The number of the cubes corresponds to that of the Society’s board. Two silver-grey benches flank the table. At the head of the table stand two lilac-coloured chairs fashioned as cubes. On the long, red table stands a midnight-blue vase out of metal, which always contains a fresh white lily. It has been entrusted to the Bielefelder Kunstverein for the duration of its lifespan. It broadcasts its scent in what was originally a mediaeval cellar and represents the formal link to the Gothic vaults. The lily became widely distributed in the 13th century and counts, according to Biblical tradition, as a symbol of particular status conferred.«

Elisabeth Masé, Der Morgen, 2000, raumbezogene Installation im gotischen Gewölbe des Bielefelder Kunstvereins. Foto: Nic Tenwiggenhorn, Düsseldorf

Elisabeth Masé, Der Morgen, 2000, raumbezogene Installation im gotischen Gewölbe des Bielefelder Kunstvereins. Foto: Nic Tenwiggenhorn, Düsseldorf