At the foot of the Teutoburg Forest, not far from the town of Hörstel, lies Gravenhorst Monastery, a former abbey of the Cistercian nuns. Surrounded by moors and orchards, the former convent with its church, convent buildings, mill and mill pond, bakery and brewery, imposing wall and historic bridges offers the image of an almost completely preserved convent complex: an absolute rarity in the northern part of Germany.
The history of the picturesque ensemble of buildings stretches far back into the past: in 1252, Konrad von Brochterbeck received permission from Osnabrück Bishop Bruno von Isenberg to found a convent for nuns of the Cistercian order in the Gravenhorst hamlet. Over the following centuries, the small convent was able to operate successfully and become an important spiritual centre for the surrounding area. The communal religious life of the Cistercian nuns was to continue for over 500 years. After numerous changes of ownership and conversions, the Steinfurt district took over the convent in the 1990s and developed a cultural utilisation concept: in 2004, the former convent was reopened as "DA, Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst".
Contemporary art within historic walls: Here at DA, Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst, you can create art, design art, experience art and communicate art. Workshops, exhibitions, idea workshops, art projects and cultural events such as concerts, readings and theatre performances invite children, young people and adults to think, participate and experience.
On this audio journey, learn about the history of the 13th century monastery complex. Sara Dietrich, now the director and curator of the Kunsthaus, also tells you exciting information about the art exhibitions in the house and why regionality is so important here. In addition, the question of all questions will be answered: What is behind the name DA?