donumenta stands for current art from 14 Danube countries: multimedia, performances, installation, photography, painting, crossover – unlimited. At the initiative of artwork director Regina Hellwig-Schmid, donumenta e.V. was established in Regensburg in 2002.
With the help of donumenta society, Regensburg developed into the centre of international cultural exchange of the Danube countries. The work of donumenta has contributed substantially to the profile of UNESCO world heritage site Regensburg as a location of contemporary art.
Germany, Austria, the Slovak Republic, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine. Following the course of the river, from 2003 to 2011 donumenta featured one individual Danube country per year, hosting boundary transcending festivals for visual arts, literature, film, dance, theatre, music, and society in Regensburg. Via the medium of art, donumenta initiated a perpetual dialogue about identity and society in a Europe of ever closer union.
In 2011, the international symposium "Donau – wohin? – Die Zukunft einer Wiege europäischer Kultur" (Link zu Konzept/Programm/Archiv) took place in Regensburg. Curators, scientists, artists and creatives from the Danube region used the event as a platform for sharing information and experience of 10 years of donumenta networking.
The donumenta photo exhibition "14x14 Vermessung des Donauraumes - Momentaufnahmen - Fotografische Positionen" (Link) originated in 2012, following the years of featuring individual countries. The exhibition extended the radius of donumenta to the 14 European Danube countries as defined according to EU expansion (Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, the Rupublic of Moldova, and Ukraine). The donumenta photo exhibiton focused on artists’ individual impressions. "14x14 Vermessung des Donauraumes – Momentaufnahmen - Fotografische Positionen" has been continued as a travelling exhibition in the Danube countries, helping to implement the donumenta idea.
Open Air Gallery
The donumenta Open Air Gallery "14 x 14 under construction" (Link) showed the works of 14 artists from 14 Danube countries in the city area of Regensburg. Between September and November 2017, scaffolds and facades had been turned into an open gallery for everyone.
Danube Culture Platform 21 / Danube Art Lab (DAL)
Since 2017, the donumenta Team of Experts has been counselling the City of Regensburg regarding the EU project "Kulturplattform Donauraum – Kreative Orte des 21. Jahrhunderts" (Link). The project’s goal is the implementation of contemporary art and artistic intervention in order to discover secret and mostly forgotten historical heritage of Regensburg and the Bavarian Danube region, forming "creative spaces of the 21st century".
The newly established "Danube Art Lab" (DAL) (Link) (Artist-in-Residence-Programme) represents a platform contemporary, interdisciplinary art and culture. Space-oriented projects of artists from the Danube region help to understand the history, present, and cultural heritage of the Bavarian Danube region in the context of contemporary cultural awareness.
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