Atelier 5


Situated in a small village in the Schwäbische Alb, the studio is part of an institution which is home to 500 people with intellectual and mental disabilities. It is the first of its kind in Germany and offers full support, education, employment and accommodation.

The studio is housed in a former post office. Participating artists work independently and it is left to them to decide what material they want to use, at what pace they want to work and with what purpose and objective. Assistance comes in only when an artist asks for it.

The work produced is original and individual. It evidences an intuitive approach to artistic creation and a sophisticated engagement between the artist and their work.


Through our work at the atelier, we have come closer to understanding what wholeness means. We realise now that diagnosis is not the only way to understand a person and that art most effectively reveals the undiscoverable aspects of human nature.

The art and artists we come into contact with every day are deeply original, genuine and authentic. The art they make is how they map reality. They do this without thinking about why and how; nor does their work simply reflect their own condition.

Art is the only way to enter their reality. It is a profound representation of their subjective experiences; and even if there are sometimes temporal and spatial inconsistencies, these simply emphasise the uniqueness and individuality of the artists.

It is this creative process, this aesthetic of fragility and strength, which upsets and then uplifts! This art is a snapshot of humanity, of the objects, society and world which surrounds its makers. It allows us to understand them and their point of view.

We are privileged to be a part of their world.

Axel Klöss-Fleischmann


Mariaberg, Schwäbische Alb, Germany


Axel Klöss- Fleischmann