New Patrons


The New Patrons
of Mönchengladbach

Photo: Jan Hoehe

The New Patrons of Mönchengladbach

Patrons*innen: Pupils and teachers of the Stiftisches Humanistisches Gymnasium Mönchengladbach, Team and visitors of the Arbeitslosenzentrum Mönchengladbach,

Commission: We are commissioning a project in the garden of the unemployment centre, which makes visible the claim to social opening on the Abteiberg and the reflection on the social roots of the city.

Mediators*in: Kathrin Jentjens,

Artists*in: Ruth Buchanan,

Cooperation Partners and Sponsors: Federal Cultural Foundation,

Duration: 2018 –

In Mönchengladbach, an unemployment centre and a school have teamed up as partners in a joint commission: The Stiftisch Humanistisches Gymnasium (HUMA) and the Arbeitslosenzentrum Mönchengladbach e. V. (Mönchengladbach Unemployment Centre) want to use a sculptural design to transform the garden of the unemployment centre into a point of attraction where a wide variety of user groups can meet in the middle of the city.

On the one hand, the garden should offer a new range of activities for the visitors of the unemployment centre. On the other hand, the school has reacted to the generous offer of the unemployment centre to use the garden and integrates the place into its school project work. In the future, the garden is also to be opened up to the city society. In this way, the garden at the foot of the Abteiberg hill is intended to bring the strong social traditions of the city artistically to mind.

Team work in the garden

Photo: Jan Hoehe

HUMA pupils

For the project at the Abteiberg hill, the New Zealander Ruth Buchanan (* 1980 in New Plymouth, New Zealand) could be won over. She lives and works in Berlin and New Zealand. In exhibitions and projects, Buchanan explores the extent to which architecture, art, language, society and the diverse organizational systems they contain influence the behavior of the human subject and his or her self-perception.

Buchanan's most important exhibitions include presentations at Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, Grazer Kunstverein, Tate Modern and The Showroom London, Kunsthaus Bregenz and Casco Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht as well as the 11th Gwangju Biennial. In 2018 she received the Walters Art Prize, New Zealand's most prestigious art prize.

Ruth Buchanan visiting the New Patrons of Mönchengladbach

Photo: Georg Beer

Pupils of the HUMA school

Photo: Jan Hoehe

Thomas Hollkott, Director of HUMA, and Karl Sasserath, Director of the Unemployment Centre, underline the common interest in the new neighbourly cooperation.

The responsible social cooperation is one of the great traditions of the city of Mönchengladbach.

Karl Boland and Karl Sasserath (unemployment centre) with Thomas Hollkott (HUMA) sign the commission

© Neue Auftraggeber / Tim Gorinski

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