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Throughout the year, exhibitions at the Schafhof present international and local positions in contemporary art. The spectrum includes all forms of visual arts, such as painting, video art, sculpture, photography, drawing, conceptual art, and installation. Group exhibitions with international and German artists, solo exhibitions with renowned artists and presentations of works by younger or regionally based artists take place in alternation. Applications are welcome.

Annual themes serve as common threads throughout the exhibition program, and facilitate an engagement with the exhibited works through a range of perspectives. A thematic emphasis also fosters a better understanding of art and a more enjoyable viewing experience. Certain themes emphasize formal aspects (for example, Color in 2013, Structure in 2015, and Sound in 2017), while others focus on specific concepts (for example Illusion in 2014, Identity in 2016, and Art and Science in 2019).

The Schafhof features a gallery on the ground floor and a large exhibition hall on the first floor, with a total exhibition space encompassing almost 450 square meters. The barrel vault ceiling and its unusual shape offer an atmosphere unique to the region and beyond.

Current and upcoming exhibitions

Where theWORD is

The »word«, the language as basis of the civilization, in the most varied forms of artistic - as a sign, symbol, sound, sign language and much more.

Date :

01.07.2017 until 20.08.2017

Where theWORD is


1 July ‒ 20 August 2017: Exhibition in the ground floor
in the framework of the topic of the year: Sound
opening hours: Tu ‒ Sa 2‒7 pm, Su + holidays 10 am‒7 pm
Ikon barrierefrei The exhibition spaces and the café are accessible to the disabled.

30 June, Friday 7 pm: Exhibition opening
Shuttle bus from Freising Station to the House of Art: 6.30-7 pm; return: 8.50 pm
Greeting: Simon Schindlmayr, District County of Upper Bavaria
Introduction: Àxel Sanjosé, poet

16 July, Sunday 3 pm: KUNST#TAG 051 Science
REFORMATION contemporary ‒ symposium on visual arts and reformation, honouring the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

8 August, Tuesday 5 pm: meetingpoint+art
Guided tour with Alexandra M. Hoffmann


Participating artists

Claudia Barcheri
Heike Berl
Valentino Betz & Florian Ecker
Alexis Dworsky
Joachim Maria Hoppe
Andreas Stetka


About the exhibition

A complex instrument of communication, language is one of the cornerstones of civilization. Only through the notions embodied in words can the world be made comprehensible. Words and writing always imply pronounciation and sound. And this exhibition represents an important aspect of ‘Sound’, the topic of the year.

The title of the exhibition refers to Luther’s words: „God is everywhere but does not want you to look for him everywhere; look only there where the word is, and you will grasp him.“ At the time of the Reformation, words were the basis of reflexion and revolution and, today they still bear the power to create and bring about change.

In the recollection of text and concept, a connection is established between the renewal of faith at the time of the Reformation, and the creation of the abstract and conceptional art of modernism. The exhibition showcases artworks in various media, with the ‘word’ appearing in a wide variety of forms, such as sign, symbol, anagram or braille.

Opening hours


Winter (Nov-Feb)
Tue - Sat: 2 pm - 6 pm
Sun + holidays: 10 am - 7 pm

Summer (March-Oct)
Tue - Sat: 2 pm - 7 pm
Sun + holidays: 10 am - 7 pm


Das Titelbild des Flyers über die Kunstwerke im Skulpturengarten im Außenbereich des Schafhofs - Europäisches Künstlerhaus Oberbayern zeigt die Skluptur "SpaceSheep" des ungarischen Künstlers Csongor Szigeti, ein silbernes, halb abstraktes Schaf auf einer Wiese.
Brochure about the Sculpture Garden in the outdoor area of the Center for Art
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