It is the land between the oceans, it stands for vastness and nativeness. However, as a top address for art, Schleswig-Holstein is more of an insider’s tip; but probably not for long. NordArt, one of the largest European contemporary art exhibitions, has firmly established itself in the middle of Schleswig-Holstein. Its distinctive venue is a historical iron foundry. The Kunstwerk Carlshutte is a non-profit cultural initiative and a venue for exhibitions, concerts, readings or theatre and film showings. Its main focus is the international art exhibition, NordArt, which has been held every summer since 1999. Hosts of the Kunstwerk Carlshutte and the NordArt are Hans-Julius and Johanna Ahlmann, an entrepreneurial couple who also provide a concert room for the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra on their premises. 80,000 visitors came to the NordArt last summer to gaze at works from 250 selected artists from around the world – 10,000 more than in previous years.


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