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The end for the art tower: That's why the Isar-Loisach cultural association had to terminate the lease


The art tower at Schwankl-Eck in Wolfratshausen has been there since August 2020. But the Isar-Loisach cultural association had to terminate the lease and the Kunstturm closed.

The art tower at Schwankl-Eck in Wolfratshausen has been there since August 2020.

But the Isar-Loisach cultural association had to terminate the lease and the Kunstturm closed.

Wolfratshausen – In August 2020, the Kulturverein Isar-Loisach (KIL) revealed the previously well-kept secret: with the exhibition "Die Welt der Frau" by Egyptian cartoonist Doaa El-Adl, the association inaugurated the art tower at Schwankl-Eck in Wolfratshausen's old town officially one.

The initiators and many cultural workers were euphoric, but there were also skeptics who predicted the project would only have a short lifespan.

Now, a good two years later, KIL chairwoman Assunta Tammelleo announces: The art tower in Wolfratshausen is closing, the association can no longer finance its operation.

The end for the art tower: That's why the cultural association Isar-Loisach has terminated the lease

"It was a super great time," said Daniela Satzinger, curator of the club at Schwankl-Eck, at a press conference on Friday afternoon.

Around 30 exhibitions, concerts and theater events took place in the historic building, and a good 2500 visitors took advantage of the offer.

The volunteers invested around 1000 hours of work – and now have to capitulate.

Half full the new one is sold out. 

Titus Vollmer, musician and film composer from Geretsried

In the Corona high season, the KIL at Schwankl-Eck was still able to stay afloat financially - due to the test station that was operated in the building (we reported).

But the lockdowns thwarted all event plans.

To date, the number of visitors at live concerts (the association also plays at the ambush in Gelting) has been manageable.

"Half full, the new one is sold out," remarked the Geretsried musician and film composer Titus Vollmer sarcastically.

With the day of Russia's attack on Ukraine on February 24 last year, donations "dropped dramatically", according to KIL member Thorsten Thane.

According to Wolfratshausen's mayor, there is no evidence for a grant application

There will also be no financial injection from the city for the current year – 12,000 euros were requested.

According to Mayor Klaus Heilinglechner, "the cultural association has not yet submitted any evidence for its 2021 subsidy application".

An omission that Tammelleo admitted when asked at the press conference, the KIL tax consultant was responsible for this.

"The income excess calculation for the 2023 subsidy application is not yet available," the mayor notes.

Ergo, no money will flow this year.


Have to say goodbye to the art tower (back from left): Andrea Poloczek (KIL member), Robert Klingel (Chairman of the DLRG Schäftlarn-Wolfratshausen, which operated a corona test station at Schwankl-Eck), Assunta Tammelleo (Chairman of the association), Monika Schille (house owner), Daniela Satzinger (curator of the association at Schwankl-Eck), Dieter Klug (KIL) and the Geretsried musician and film composer Titus Vollmer.

Bottom: KIL members Torsten Thane and Bernd Satzinger.

© Sabine Hermsdorf-Hiss

"Since there is no planning security, Tammelleo explained, the art tower will close after the last exhibition in February.

Works from the “School of Disobedience” by the Austrian caricaturist Gerhard Haderer will be on display.

"We leave with a crying eye," said Satzinger.

Exhibitors and musicians were very impressed by the Kunstturm, "we also had a great relationship with all the neighbors here".

The project was a visible sign "of cohesion in Wolfratshausen," said Tammelleo.

"I'm very sad that it all ends here," said landlady Monika Schille.

Gerhard Polt and the Well brothers are guests in the Loisachhalle

The Isar-Loisach cultural association looks to the near future with "moderate optimism" (Tammelleo).

Culture is “essential for the quality of life”.

The club is therefore “not idle”, emphasized Thane, a new concept is being developed for the live concerts in Geltinger Ambush.

In addition, a street exhibition is planned - photos that were taken during the Corona period and that show "that culture was not dead during this time" will be shown.

Not to be forgotten: Gerhard Polt and the Well brothers are guests on February 28th at 7 p.m. in the Loisachhalle in Wolfratshausen, organized by the Kulturbühne Ambush.

"We've tried everything, but in the end it's always about the money," says Tammelleo, with a view to the impending end for the Kunstturm.

She expressly thanked all sponsors, supporters and volunteers on behalf of the association.

Presumably as a result of the Corona crisis and the effects of the Ukraine war, there are now fewer helping hands.

Tammelleo: "The members are not only running away from the Catholic Church, but also from many associations." (cce)

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Source: merkur

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