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.

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 2018 three concerts are planned.



13. April 2018

Matheus Mendoza Baião
Sati Jimenez

Matheus Mendoza Baião (Violin) und Sati Jimenez (Cello) play works by Glière, Bach, Haydn, Händel und Halvorsen

The Brazilian violinist Matheus Mendoza Baião and the French cellist Sati Jimenez, both master students at the College of Music and Theatre Rostock, will bring the most beautiful works of baroque cello and violin music, the Partita in E major and the Cello Suite III by Johann Sebastian Bach to the fantastic sunset scenery of the island of Vilm. Further music by Haydn, Händel, Halvorsen and Glière.
The concert is an event organised by Vilm Association in cooperation with the College of Music and Theatre and the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation.


12. Juli 2018

Andrii Stadniuk (c) Andrii Stadniuk
Olha Tomyna (c) Olha Tomyna

Andrii Stadniuk (tuba) and Olha Tomyna (piano) played works by Hildegard von Bingen, Capuzzi, Chopin, Scriabin, Prokofiev and Gregson

Ukrainian tubaist Andrii Stadniuk was accompanied by Ukrainian pianist Olha Tomyna as part of the seasonal concert series on the island of Vilm. The two musicians are master students at the Rostock University for Music and Drama and the Hannover University for Music, Drama and Media and  enchanted the audience with voluminous sounds in front of the summerly sunset scenery of the island Vilm with works by Hildegard von Bingen, Capuzzi, Chopin, Scriabin, Prokofiev and Gregson.


28. September 2018


Singakademie Stralsund

Stralsund Singakademie with the program "unheard!"

The new programme of the Singakademie Stralsund exclusively features choral music by female composers.
Together with soloist Claudia Roick, songs from four centuries are interpreted, among others by Gustava Bley (Bergen), Luise Greger (Greifswald), Fanny Hensel (Berlin), Theresia Schlechtriem (Leverkusen) and Sylke Zimpel (Dresden).
A varied program with many largely unknown works awaits you.

Attention! The concert starts already at 19.00 o'clock
Crossing at 18.15 hrs

The crossing by ferry boat to Vilm occurs at 18.15 h. The concert begins at 19.00 h.

To book ferry crossings and concert tickets ( concert 11 €, ferry 6 €): +49 (0)38301-86138,


Exhibitions on the Isle of Vilm

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.

Last Change: 26/04/2018