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Eastern Sugar Oberbayern

Eastern Sugar is an international, interdisciplinary, contemporary visual art project with strong focus on artistic research. In Upper Bavaria it includes the participatory installation "Sugarloaf Manufacture and Archive" by Ilona Németh and the exhibition "Crossing Borders".

24.04.2021 bis 18.07.2021

Eastern Sugar Oberbayern


With Eastern Sugar, the Upper Bavaria district takes part in an international project funded by the European Commission for the first time. Six partner institutions in six countries organize projects, exhibitions, workshops and research work together over two years. A two-part presentation will take place from the end of April to the beginning of July, 2021 in the Schafhof, the European Center for Art Upper Bavaria: The participatory installation Sugarloaf Manufacture and Archive by Ilona Németh offers an insight into the function and history of a former sugar factory in Slovakia in the vault on the 1st floor, the exhibition Crossing Borders shows three artistic positions that explore, question and subversively overcome the borders in Europe.


2103 Eastern Sugar
24.04.2021 - 18.07.2021
The exhibition by Ilona Németh is part of the international art project "Eastern Sugar" about the changes in Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. ... Weiter
Crossing Borders - Wermke/Leinkauf: Überwindungsubungen, VG Bild/Kunst
24.04.2021 - 18.07.2021
The exhibition shows three artistic positions as part of the international art project "Eastern Sugar" about the changes in Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. ... Weiter
The Eastern Sugar project

Eastern Sugar is an international, interdisciplinary, contemporary visual art project with strong focus on artistic research. Project reflects the recent facets of European history through the case of sugar industry in Central Europe. By the means of artistic research, curatorial cooperation, creation of new artworks, five international group exhibitions, participative installations, public and educational programs, and a comprehensive interdisciplinary publication the project investigates the “clearing” process of the Central-European sugar production. Thus, sugar can be understood as a metaphor for the notion of Europe and world under constant transformation.

30 years after 1989, the project intends to reflect on what impact had these changes on the Central European countries and Europe as such – especially considering the economic conditions, the aftermath of the so-called wild privatization of the early 1990s, the sudden shift to capitalism, globalization and adapting to the rules of the free market, as well as rules and regulations coming with the accession to the European Union.

Using the language of contemporary arts, the Eastern Sugar aims to shed a light on the social consequences of past political and entrepreneurial decisions, to pose the question of responsibility, to diagnose the roots of the present crisis. But most of all, this project intends to explore possibilities for better understanding of such procedures in the present and their future consequences. It conveys a belief, that by learning about and understanding of our common past, we are better equipped to take informed decisions which impact our common future.

The Eastern Sugar project is funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.


Co-funded by the Creative Europa Program of the European Union

Additional supporters:

  • Visegrad Fund
  • ERSTE Stiftung



24. April ‒ 4. Juli 2021: Ausstellungen
Öffnungszeiten: Di-Sa 14-19 Uhr, So+Fei 10-19 Uhr und nach Vereinbarung
Opening Hours: Tuesday ‒ Saturday, 2 ‒ 6 pm; Sunday and holidays, 10 am ‒ 6 pm and by appointment
The exhibition spaces and Café Botanika are wheelchair accessible.
The exhibition and accompanying programs are admission free.
Please pay attention to the lawful instructions due to the pandemic restriction and inform about the the up-to-date possibilities of a exhibition visit. .

livestreamed – on-site participation is not possible due to the pandemic restrictions
- Josef Mederer, president of the District Council
- Nina Vrbanová, art historian, Bratislava, curator of the exhibition Sugarloaf Manufacture and Archive
- Alexis Dworsky, artist , Freising, curator of the exhibition Crossing Borders

1 June, Tuesday 5 pm: meetup+art
Guided tour of the exhibitions with Alexandra M. Hoffmann*

13 June, Sunday 4 pm: KUNST#TAG 077
Artist talk with Ilona Németh and artists of the exhibition Crossing Borders
ONLINE livestreamed – on-site participation if possible*

27 June, Sunday 4 pm: KUNST#TAG 078
Lecture by Edit András, art historian, Budapest;
afterwards Artist talk with Ilona Németh and Edit András about the project Eastern Sugar
ONLINE livestreamed – on-site participation if possible*

* Due to the pandemic situation only a limited number of participants is allowed; prior registration and confirmation required: info@schafhof-kuenstlerhaus.de.


Projekt period

  • September, 2019 – September, 2021

Project head




Sommer (März-Okt)
Di - Sa 14-19 Uhr
So + Feiertage 10-19 Uhr
Winter (Nov-Feb)
Di - Sa 14-18 Uhr
So + Feiertage 10-18 Uhr

Café Botanika

Aktuelle Öffnungszeiten, Informationen und Veranstaltungen finden Sie auf der Internetseite des Cafés: www.cafe-botanika.de

Tel. 08161-5486709


Am Schafhof 1
85354 Freising

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Cover des Programmflyers Juli bis September 2023; Bild: Mrgari_geo-digitale Steinblüten (Alexis Dworsky, 2023)

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