Germany's new sculpture garden – the perfect post-lockdown attraction

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Germany’s new sculpture garden – the perfect post-lockdown attraction

A contemporary art collection in the grounds of a castle north-west of Berlin is a bold addition for a quiet part of Brandenburg

Aerial view of Schlossgut Schwante Sculpture Park. Photograph: Image courtesy of Schlossgut Schwante Sculpture Park

Dr Loretta Würtenberger – tall and clad in a flowing black summer dress – greets me with a casual coronavirus-style elbow-bump on the grounds of her new home, Schlossgut Schwante: an 18th-century baroque castle she bought with her husband Daniel Tümpel last year. Both well-established in the art market, the couple have transformed the castle grounds into a sculpture park featuring works by German and international artists, such as Tony Cragg, Maria Loboda, Dan Graham, Hans Arp, and Carsten Nicolai.

Tony Cragg, Elliptical Column, 2012 © Tony Cragg, courtesy Buchmann Galerie Berlin und Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf. Photograph: Image by Hanno Plate/Courtesy of Schlossgut Schwante

It’s a bold, perhaps even radical, new attraction for this sleepy part of the Brandenburg region, around 25km north-west of Berlin, and an ideal post-lockdown cultural destination. Alongside the sculpture park, the couple have created a restaurant with a rustic, intimate interior, a large patio with an outdoor kitchen and a quaint wagon selling artisanal ice-cream. A farm shop sells handmade crockery, art books, cookbooks and local produce perfect for on-site picnics. An events programme includes open-air film screenings, outdoor yoga classes, concerts and lectures.

Maria Loboda, Sculpture in its Private Realm, 2020, Metall, Polyurethan, Polystyrol, Paint, Polyutheran, Polystyrol, Branches, 1,60 x 90 x 90 cm. © Maria Loboda, courtesy Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin. Photograph: Image by Hanno Plate

“If someone had told me 18 months ago that I would be doing all this, and having this conversation with you right now, I would have said they were crazy,” says Loretta as she leads me through the restaurant and into the park. “We bought it

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