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Founded in Freiburg in 2006, the ART SHOP and GALLERY BOLLHORST (since 2016: „Kunsthandlung BOLLHORST“) shows works of international artists and craftsmen in a permanent exhibition with a special focus on figurative works. The shop’s concept is based on the blurred boundaries between art and craft. Artists and craftsmen create works that transcend these boundaries. While one discovers a clear practical value in many of the exposed objects, other works reveal the idea of a free design detached from any purpose.

With its programme the gallery positions itself in the complex field of the discussion about the so-called applied and fine arts. The gallery strives to stimulate discourse on these arts rather than setting limits, and it simply asserts that judgement is always a matter of perception. It’s all about senses and passion. A passion for works created by the hands of artists and craftsmen. A passion which is felt while contemplating and feeling the different works. Passion and life time that were put into the exposed works and that inspire and kindle the fire. The gallery displays works from various fields of a substantial world of things: handcrafted, fancy, beautifully designed, of a good use, with a fine sense of humour, of incredible colour, a keen sense and lightness. Visitors are faced with objects which appeal to the senses until the heart beats and the eyes are wide open in amazement and all ends with a small seduction. Emphasis is placed on the particularity, the joy, the liveliness as well as on the silence, the plainness, the simplicity, the thoughtfulness, the sobriety, the shades, the heaviness of a material used, the amazement, the stories behind the objects.

The exposed works are made by people who esteem their work, who celebrate the material, while they are particularly sensitive to form, colour, purpose and they have a passion for creation. These are works of people who sensually perceive their working materials, no matter whether it is soil, metal, pigments, wood, glass, stones, paper, fibres, fabrics. The art shop´s aim is to give an appropriate space to this freedom of design, to open the visitors’ senses for the exposed objects, and to introduce the individual artist with his work. The shop wants to offer a way off the beaten paths of the arbitrariness of anonymous design seen everywhere, to provide beholders and visitors with a better understanding for the working process and the attention given by the artists to each work and thus for the individual value of each object, which is not only measured in terms of money, but in special terms of a sentimental value. A value which is nowadays suffering due to mass production.

The art shop has been expanded in 2016 by a small coffee bar and meanwhile focuses on the photographs taken by Frederik Bollhorst himself.

Fancy works in the ART SHOP and GALLERY BOLLHORST find their way to collectors and enthusiasts who are aware of the special value of these. The premises of the gallery are situated directly at the Schwabentor, in one of the most beautiful areas of the old city of Freiburg.

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