German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Exhibitions and concerts

Vilm - an inspiration to artists past and present

Vilm has a special place in the history of landscape painting. The tranquillity of the island and its "primordial forest" of mighty beech and oak trees, which attracted religious hermits in the Middle Ages, has appealed to landscape painters since the rise of the Romantic movement. Over the past two centuries over 300 artists have sought out the island, following the example of Caspar David Friedrich. Among the most important were the Dresden doctor and landscape painter Carl Gustav Carus and the Weimar painter, Friedrich Preller the Elder, who was much admired and supported by Goethe.

When a hotel opened in 1886, growing numbers of artists gravitated to the Isle of Vilm, and its landscape was central to their work. There are pictures of the island representing almost every style of landscape painting since the Romantic movement.

We reconnect with this artistic tradition by holding exhibitions and concerts on the island. Our programme is intended to open up alternative perspectives and new ways of looking at nature and the landscape. This part of the Academy’s work is addressed equally to conference participants, residents and visitors to the island of Rügen.

This is made possible thanks to cooperation between the Vilm-Verein (Verein zur Pflege des Natur- und Kulturerbes der Insel Vilm e.V., association to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the Isle of Vilm) and the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation.

Exhibitions on the Isle of Vilm

Touring exhibition to the work of Peter Joseph of Lenné in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in Germany in the Conference Centre on the Isle of Vilm 05. May - 02. June 2017

The exhibition is organized by the "Association for the maintenance of the cultural and natural history of the Isle of Vilm" in cooperation with the Federal Office for nature conservation and is part of the annual meeting of the Vilm Association "Magic of the landscape" from the 05. - 07. Mai 2017 on Vilm.


The crafted font chart gives information about the places of his Ministry in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

The 150th date of death of the garden artist Peter Joseph Lenné in 2016 was an occasion for the Association of German Landscape Architects (Bund Deutscher Landschaftsarchitekten, BDLA-MV) to present his work in the federal state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in Germany.

Peter Joseph Lenné was born on 29 September 1789 in Bonn. When he died in Potsdam on 23 January 1866, a few days prior to the celebration of his 50 years of service, he left a significant gardening work. His work for the Prussian kings and the design of the Potsdam park landscape are well-known. Lenné was to be given a gilded laurel wreath from his staff to his anniversary. 50 names of the best park designs of Lenné were engraved on the leaves of the laurel wreath. These included four parks in Basedow, Ludwigslust, Neustrelitz and Schwerin in today's Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania . Thirtyone plans of Lenné for twenty towns in our federal state are preserved. Eleven of these plans have evidence, and for further seven of these Lenné's involvement is assumed.

Due to his engagement in the development of the gardening school in Potsdam, Lenné was a co-founder of the modern education of landscape gardeners and garden artists in Germany. Today's education of landscape architects at universities is based on Lennés work. His holistic design, the combination of the beautiful and the useful, is still exemplary today, while his design principles for landscape embellishment are still of great importance. They were groundbreaking for the development of landscape planning and thus closely related to nature conservation.

Art with utility value - sculptures by Hans Werner Kratzsch and Bernhard Misgajski

chair-sculpture Misgajski
chair-sculpture Kratzsch

Please do sit on these seats. Placed near the entrance to the conference centre they are a welcome alternative to the indoor conference seating, and well used during breaks when the weather is fine. The benches were hewn from oak by the Rügen wood sculptor, Hans Werner Kratzsch (b. 1946). The slightly less comfortable steel and granite seat was made by Bernhard Misgajski (b. 1950), a steel and stone sculptor who works within sight of the Isle of Vilm.

sculptures "watermarks"

The watermarks put one in mind of the masts of sailing ships. They act as vertical landmarks in the coastal landscape, inviting the eye to dwell on and relish the beautiful view.

Exhibition in the generator house - photography by Volkmar Herre

photo by Herre: "Der Baum und ich"
photo by Herre

The permanent exhibition in the gallery in the former generator house, entitled DER BAUM UND ICH (The tree and I) consists of large format photographs by Volkmar Herre (b. 1943). The artist lives in Stralsund and has devoted himself to tree studies on the Isle of Vilm since 1994. The resulting body of work depicts ambiguous and richly symbolic images of growth and decay. In the language of natural forms, the photographer discovers the beauty of human form.

Some more recent additions are works made with a camera obscura, which explore the mystery of light and time.

Edition herre has published a catalogue, an album of photographs ("Venus") and an illustrated broadsheet on the exhibition, all of which can be obtained from our reception.

Concerts on the Isle of Vilm

Nature was time and again an important source of inspiration for the music and the composers. Vice versa music can raise our attention, our mood for the beauty and sublimity of nature and landscape.

In the project "Music and Nature" we want to make audible these connecting lines and points of contact. In 2017 four concerts are planned.  

Besides, the cooperation between Prof. Hartmut Möller from the "College for Music and Theatre" (HMT) in Rostock, the registered society "Vilm e. V" and the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation will be continued in a proven way.

These are the dates for the concerts:


23 May 2017

Johannes Brahms Folk Songs, Gypsy Songs & Piano music

Concert with Zsusza Varga (Piano) & Karsten Henschel (Counter Tenor)

Zsuzsa Varga and Karsten Henschel - the Hungarian and the North German - met in Vienna and make music with each other for ten years.

The Gypsy songs and the Hungarian dances Johannes Brahms composed in Hamburg under the influence of Hungarian bands and musicians, who sought protection and refuge here since 1849.




 13 July 2017

Reading with Marion Poschmann (Winner of the german award for Nature Writing 2017),

Musical accompaniment Michael Hasel (Flute)







17. August 2017

Reading with Marion Poschmann  (Winner of the german award for Nature Writing 2017)


6 October 2017

Piano Concert with Dani Bucurescu


9 November 2017

Music with joie de vivre

Concert by Walter Martinez Trio

With a program of his own compositions, as well as interpretations of well-known songs, the audience experienced a unique combination of salsa, Latin beats and funk.



The crossing by ferry boot to Vilm occurs at 19.00h.
The concert begins in each case at 19.45h.

To book ferry crossings and concert tickets:
telephone +49 (0)38301-86138 or

Last Change: 02/08/2017