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Künsterlercafe mit Mariel Poppe (r.) im Atelier

Scholarship holder showed her works at the artists’ café in the studio of the artists’ and scholarship holders’ house:

Mariel Poppe has really enjoyed her stay in Salzwedel so far. She has explored the area, got to know many people from Salzwedel and always kept her eyes on her “favorite material”. The numerous guests at the artists’ café on March 21 at the Künstler- und Stipendiatenhaus listened intently to her enthusiasm, her artistic expertise and her numerous anecdotes.
More than 20 objects have been created so far during her stay, which she skillfully presented in the house’s studio. “She was very pleased to be able to show her works as part of this event at the district adult education center“, she passed on her thanks to the KVHS and the association. She is also happy to accept the invitation to come back to Salzwedel next year as part of the Danneil Museum’s StipendiatenArt exhibition. A successful evening, with nice conversations and one or two treats!

Anyone who walks through Salzwedel knows them – the brick buildings that characterize the townscape. Be it St. Mary’s Church, St. Lawrence’s Church, the Neuperver Gate, the castle tower or the district court in Salzwedel; everywhere you look you will encounter the red building material used to build sturdy walls, entire churches and mighty castles – or, in the case of Mariel Poppe, to create works of art.
The visual artist Mariel Poppe, who has been living in the artist and scholarship house since January, counts brick as one of her favorite materials. She has been using it for years to create stone artworks in original size or in miniature, which fascinate with their simplicity and simplicity and place the material in the foreground. This has resulted in objects inspired by towers, but also figures that are more reminiscent of corals or starfish.
In Salzwedel, Mariel Poppe has devoted herself in particular to the theme of towers, the raw material for which she collected in the surrounding area. These brick finds were used to create works that Mariel Poppe presented to the public as part of the artists’ café at the district adult education center (KVHS).

Kunstwerke von Mariel Poppe - Thema: Türme

Artworks Towers by Mariel Poppe

Kaffeebuffett beim Künstlercafe mit Mariel Poppe

Coffee buffet at the artists’ café with Mariel Poppe

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Architectural exclamation marks!!!!!!!!!!

Mariel Poppe auf der Suche nach Inspiration in der Hansestadt Salzwedel

Mariel Poppe seeks inspiration for her sculptures in the monuments of the Hanseatic town of Salzwedel

Altmarkkreis Salzwedel, 19.01.2024: In a small, informal round of talks, Mariel Poppe introduced herself as the first scholarship holder of the artist and scholarship holder house of the Altmarkkreis Salzwedel in 2024. On January 9, 2024, the visual artist moved into the premises in Kleine Predigerstraße and will dedicate herself to her work there until the end of March.

Mariel Poppe is fascinated by the building material “brick” because of its simplicity and unpretentiousness, which is precisely why it offers so many design possibilities. Many striking public buildings in the Altmark, such as town halls, schools, industrial buildings and towers, are made of brick.
During her scholarship at the artists’ and scholarship holders’ house, Mariel Poppe would like to focus on the architectural monuments of the Hanseatic town of Salzwedel. The towers of the town and the surrounding area in particular, such as the castle tower, the water tower and the old Hoyersburg border tower, will provide the artist with inspiration.
“I use found bricks to build possible and impossible tower structures that are deprived of the power of monuments: towers, crooked and crooked, perfectly imperfect, manneristically playful and bizarrely surreal. The more different the found objects, the better: “Whether shaped bricks, glazed bricks, perforated or brick strands, hollow bricks, all shapes and models have their very own charm and their own story,” says the artist about her project. “I hope to find plenty of material for my work here in the area.”
She calls these works “architectural exclamation marks”, which she wants to stage photographically and use as components in collages and drawings in connection with the urban space of Salzwedel as well as the natural space of the Green Belt.
Scales are manipulated in the process. This means that the perception of the proportions fluctuates between miniaturization and monumentalization.

Mariel Poppe will present the works she has created in Salzwedel and her career to date to the public as part of the artists’ café at the district adult education center on 21.03.2024. Separate information on this date will be provided in advance.

More about Mariel Poppe
Mariel Poppe was born in Gießen in 1968 and lives and works in Berlin, where she also has a studio. From 1988 to 1990, she studied art education and German language and literature at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. After attending the “Ecole des Beaux Arts de Dijon” in France, where she specialized in painting, she began studying at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin in 1992. From March to June 1996, she studied photography at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Mariel Poppe graduated in 1998 with a focus on sculpture, object art, installation and photography at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin under Prof. Lothar Baumgarten. Mariel Poppe’s works of art have been on display in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Dresden, Berlin, Frankfurt (Oder), Carinthia, Mexico City, Bremen and many more.
More information about Mariel Poppe and her work can be found on her website

To the scholarship house
In the historic town center of the Hanseatic town of Salzwedel, the Altmarkkreis Salzwedel maintains a listed half-timbered house as an artist and scholarship house with an international focus. The institution thrives on the partnership between the state of Saxony-Anhalt and the Altmarkkreis Salzwedel. The state of Saxony-Anhalt awards scholarships to artists who then live in Salzwedel for three months and can work artistically on a secure financial basis. In an idyllic and peaceful setting, artists find ideal working and living conditions in the artists’ and scholarship holders’ house.

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New scholarship holders 2024

A total of 26 applications were received for the 2024 residency scholarships at the Altmarkkreis Salzwedel artists’ and scholarship holders’ house, of which

• 7 for the visual arts
• 3 for the field of music/composition
• 16 for the area of literature.

As part of the selection process by the State Chancellery and the Ministry of Culture, the following applicants were awarded a scholarship:

– January to March, Visual Arts: Ms. Mariel Poppe

– July to September, Literature section: Mr. Peter Berg

– October to December, Music/ Composition: Ms. Lin Yang

– October to December, Visual Arts: Mr. Florian Glaubitz


Artists’ café with Mario BieRende at the Künstler- und Stipendiatenhaus

Mario BieRende erklärt eines seiner Kunstwerke

On December 14, Mario BieRende presented the works he created in Salzwedel to the public as part of the artists’ café organized by the district adult education centre and the sponsoring association. In the studio of the artists’ and scholarship holders’ house, he impressed the numerous art enthusiasts who attended with the diversity of his work.



Mario BieRende präsentiert seine Werke

Mario BieRende presents his works

Mario BieRende vor Projektion seines Werkes mit Zuschauern

Mario BieRende in front of a projection of his work with spectators








photos @ AMK

More: Press release of the Altmarkkreis Salzwedel


Artists’ café on 14 December with Mario BieRende at the Künsterler- und Stipendiatenhaus

Arbeitsprobe - Spiegel, @ M. BieRende

Mario BieRende will present the works he created in Salzwedel to the public as part of the artists’ café at the district adult education centre on 14 December 2023.

Further information can be found in the press release of the Altmarkkreis Salzwedel.

Photo: Work sample – mirror, @ M. BieRende


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