The world-renowned artist HA Schult is coming back to Düsseldorf. He studied under Karl Otto Götz at Düsseldorf Kunstakademie from 1958 to 1961 and has long been associated with the city. This is why the artist who is internationally known for projects such as “Rhinegeist”, “Hotel Europe” or “Trash People”, was so pleased when he received an offer for a project from Düsseldorf property developer Uwe Schmitz (Frankonia Eurobau AG). The project is to create an art installation on the façade of the former Palais Spinrath, which has been integrated into Frankonia’s new development, Andreas Quartier.
The central theme for the artist, who now lives in Cologne, is the close relationship with the Rhine, which flows close by and defines the city panorama of Düsseldorf. HA Schult sees Andreas Quartier thus: “Everything on foot; on the banks of the river; and a life full of things to see.” This is why, in the eyes of HA Schult and Uwe Schmitz, the developer of Andreas Quartiers, historic Ratinger Straße is the perfect place for the installation. Because, when Napoleon Bonaparte advanced through here with his troops, Düsseldorf’s history was written on Ratinger Straße.
HA Schult is correct in remarking: “A city is a reflection of the people. It is the people who form stone, cement and glass into a city.” Thus, he chose fifteen people who are closely connected with Düsseldorf and its development and who represent the history of the city (by that he means the intellectual, artistic and contemporary history). “Their portraits create a tableau of the spectrum of the Rhine metropolis.” HA Schult calls it “Ratinger Freiheit” (“Ratinger freedom”).
Ratinger Str is at the epicentre of Düsseldorf’s old town with its array of bars and restaurants, including “Kreuzherrenecke” an important, long established and well known restaurant, bar and meeting-point, not only for Düsseldorf’s art and culture scene. This is why HA Schult concluded with fervour: “The heart of Düsseldorf beats on Ratinger Straße!”