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Art in the stable: Viktoria Horvath opens her farm in Hofstarring for painting courses

2023-11-29T15:09:49.670Z

Highlights: Art in the stable: Viktoria Horvath opens her farm in Hofstarring for painting courses. Art and stable: "Art and Stable" is the motto of the project and corresponds entirely to the initiator. The artist raves about her farm: "I've always wanted to live like this. My dream has come true" She had been looking for her for a long time, and then found this "absolute stroke of luck" when she arrived here 15 years ago.



Status: 29.11.2023, 16:00 PM

By: Alexandra Anderka

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An extraordinary studio: Viktoria Horvath in her restored vault with a view of the cowshed. There she would like to offer painting courses for adults and children, but also lectures and meetings. © Alexandra Anderka

Painting in the company of cows – this will be possible in the future at Viktoria Horvath in Hofstarring. On Sunday, 3 December, the graphic designer will open her creative workshop and invite all interested parties: "Let us surprise you and celebrate with us," reads the flyer.

Hofstarring – "Art and Stable" is the motto of the project and corresponds entirely to the initiator. "I love the smell of colours, but also the smell of animals and stables, I like this atmosphere," she enthuses about her converted vaulted stable, in which she has put a lot of heart and soul.

Stoneware slabs adorn the floor, a long table made of light wood serves as a workplace for future workshops and watercolour and icon painting courses, a large window provides a view of the cowshed. Her workshop is "also intended to be a place of encounter," Horvath emphasizes. There is an antique round table in a niche for this purpose, and tea and coffee sets are already available.

Born in Moscow, arrived in Hofstarring: The artist raves about her farm in Holzland: "I've always wanted to live like this. My dream has come true" She had been looking for her for a long time, and then found this "absolute stroke of luck". When she arrived here 15 years ago, everyone in the village gave her an equally friendly welcome. "I have great neighbors," she says. In the meantime, she has even immortalized herself in the coat of arms of the municipality of Steinkirchen – she designed it. A neighbour also gave her her cow Lisa, at that time with two calves.

Today, only Lisa and Laura are left in the stable. But the two don't let themselves be disturbed by visitors, they happily grind their hay. The two cats and the rabbits are also happy to join in. "There are to be even more animals," the 58-year-old announces, thinking of sheep.

Exhibitions, lectures and painting with children and adults are planned in the extraordinary studio. She is particularly fond of children. "I don't have one myself, but I like children a lot," she says. "Some parents may not know what talents lie dormant in their child." And she would like to awaken them with her courses.

In the 90s, the petite woman, who has a truck driver's license, organized many aid transports to her old homeland in Russia, Ukraine and Romania. She can't even look at pictures of the war in Ukraine: "Many Russians and Ukrainians are related to each other." During her aid transports, she saw a lot "that had a lasting impact on me".

For this reason, she also decided to take in foster children five years ago. "They make me realize how much the stable work and the handling of animals are good for me, and painting relaxes them." So her idea was a logical consequence: art and stable.

She herself, who had a brother who has already passed away, spent her childhood in art circles. While still in Russia, she attended an art school as a child while still at school.

When she was 14 years old, her parents decided to leave Russia for Germany. They traveled through Italy and spent nine months in Rome, where a nun taught her how to paint elaborate icons – from wooden planks to icons. "Mixing paint and gilding is also part of it," explains Horvath. She now wants to convey the entire process in her icon painting courses.

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She is supported in her offer by artist Jutta Moritz from Landshut. Before Christmas, there will be a course in which children and adults can create a picture as a personal gift.

A lot is still in flux. "I'm going to see how it takes off and be inspired by it," says the artist. Ideas are in her head a lot.

Opening

on Sunday, 3 December, 14 p.m. in Hofstarring 32, municipality of Steinkirchen

Instagram: kunst_und_stall

Source: merkur

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