As Anselm Feuerbach once said, “In order to contemplate a picture, one needs a chair.” Bernd Wolf takes this one step further: “And a wall”. In order to properly engage in the process of contemplation, there must be a solid bond between the beholder and the object. Time is also an important factor. On average a visitor to a museum focuses on each picture for under two seconds – in passing, as it were.
Contemplating a picture is an intense, intimate and personal process. It requires protective boundaries, both in terms of time and space. By creating a picture-guestroom, you are constructing an ideal space for you and for others to engage in the act of contemplation.
A picture created in an unsystematic manner has no subject as such. It serves as a vehicle for the process of emotional and spiritual reflection.
The beholder’s field of vision should be free of anything that could distract, unhampered by visually appealing objects. Their gaze should be able to rest on and wander over the picture without obstacle or distraction. These are the conditions necessary for contemplation.
As the picture is residing in your home as a guest, so to speak, you are free to view it whenever the mood takes you. At some point you will notice that you are being viewed by the picture. The process of dialogue has begun.
In order to become a host, you must create a private or public space as outlined in Concept. Browse the digital Archive, select your favourite pieces and then contact us. We will send you a questionnaire to fill in. You will then travel to Berlin and select your picture.
As part of the Guestroom Project, you may rent a picture for anything from one to five years. The pictures are rented from stock in Berlin and transported to your guestroom by an art shipping service. As the host, you are responsible for shipping charges. Your household contents insurance or special property insurance will insure the pictures against damage or loss. (We are more than happy to help organize transport and insurance.)
Feel free to make an appointment to discuss further details or send us an e-mail.
The social network consists of two strands: private and public. On the one hand, it comprises hosts in private homes in various towns and cities; on the other, sponsors of guestrooms in public.
As a host you will live with the work of art and give it a special place in your home and perhaps in your life. You will engage with the picture; it will become a vehicle for spiritual meditation and contemplation.
A range of other public spaces are also ideal locations for guestrooms if you don’t have enough space in your own home but the idea appeals to you. You may have a relative in a care home, for example, where there is little in the way of artwork. Or you could become a temporary sponsor of a guestroom in a kindergarten, school, community hall, church or hospital.
Your dedication to and affinity with the picture is a fundamental element of the Guestroom Project. Perhaps over time you will decide you would like to host other pictures in other guestrooms. And meet other hosts. We have created our Internet platform to help build this network.
When you become a host we will ask if you would be prepared to let other hosts view your picture by appointment. This will result in a social network where hosts can meet and share experiences – assuming you want to be part of this process. We will take on the role of intermediary and create this “community space”.
The project will not have achieved its goal until you have given a picture a home or donated it to a public space. The picture will not be complete until the process of contemplation has begun.