Something Great: Arts Center 

At Something Great - Internationales Zentrum für Zeitgenössische darstellende Kunst im Schloss Mentin, we provide artists and creatives with the space, time, and resources to push the boundaries of their creativity, experiment with new ideas, develop projects, and explore possibilities without limitations. At our house, artists are encouraged to take risks and challenge conventions in pursuit of artistic excellence and creative freedom. We are committed to supporting contemporary performing arts as a field where creativity knows no bounds, and artistic experiments can be shared with all.

At Something Great - Internationales Zentrum für Zeitgenössische darstellende Kunst im Schloss Mentin we break away from conventional norms of artistic programming by embracing both moments of high activity and pause. We prioritize openness and flexibility in scheduling our activities to adapt to the needs of the artists, the local community, our team and the diverse projects we host at our house.

Schloss Mentin, the home of our center, is an extraordinary venue spanning 2,925 square meters within an estate covering 186,000 square meters of land, including a extensive park and various auxiliary buildings. 

Since 2022, at Schloss Mentin we have been organizing projects related to our collection, hosting artists in residencies, and developing local community projects and events like the Open House Days. Looking ahead to the years to come, several festivals and event series are in the planning with various thematic focuses. These programs will present dance, theater, performance, and more across the Schloss Mentin estate. Some of them will also extend beyond our premises, reaching out to other villages in Ruhner Berge and cities across Germany, through various collaborations with diverse partners in Germany and internationally.

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Schloss Mentin: A Journey Through Time

1388 - Early History

Recorded in historical documents around 1388, the village of Mentin, where Schloss Mentin is located, takes its name from the ancient Slavic word 'mątŭ,' which translates to 'thought' or 'mind' in English. This etymology hints at Mentin's historical attributes of tranquility, natural beauty, and its role as a place that fostered reflection, introspection, and spiritual or intellectual growth, even in its early history.

Early 20th Century 

According to historical records, Schloss Mentin estate was initially owned by the Von Pressentin, a noble family from Mecklenburg in a period this region was dominated by feudal structures and noble supremacy. Later, the estate was acquired by Arthur Poensgens, a German industrialist. His ownership shows the significant societal shift at this time with the rising power of the bourgeoisie, a class that started to challenge the aristocracy's traditional prestige in early 20th century Germany. Under Poensgens, Schloss Mentin manor’s was constructed between 1912 and 1913, a project entrusted to the German architect Paul Korff

1916 - 1945 

In 1916, amid the uncertainties of a world at war, Haus Neuerburg, a prominent name in the German tobacco industry at that time, acquired Schloss Mentin. This acquisition was not just a business transaction but a statement of wealth and prestige. Schloss Mentin,  became one of the many estates of Haus Neuerburg's symbolizing their success and status in the tobacco industry. The historical records of life at Schloss Mentin between 1916 and 1945 are sparse, shrouding this period in mystery. However, the few records available say that Schloss Mentin served mainly as a representative house used for family gatherings and business meetings. Amidst Nazi regime control, Haus Neuerburg faced serious challenges like many other businesses at that time, and merged with Reemtsma in 1935, their main competitor. 

1945 - 1996

After World War II, during the German Democratic Republic (GDR), Schloss Mentin was repurposed as a children's home. This period is depicted in the 1978 GDR documentary film "Heim," directed by Angelika Andrees. The film delves into the personal stories of children and teenagers who resided in the home. It sheds light on their unstable family backgrounds, often marked by domestic violence and alcohol abuse from their parents. The young residents openly share their past experiences, the impacts these had on their lives, and their aspirations for a better future. Despite its significant content, the documentary faced censorship and was banned by the authorities of the GDR. As a result, "Heim" remained unseen until after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, finally being released in 1990.

1996 - 2021

Following the dissolution of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in 1990, Schloss Mentin faced a period of uncertainty. In 1996, it was purchased by a private investor who had plans to transform it into a hotel and automobile museum. Although the museum opened briefly, the project encountered several challenges and was eventually abandoned in 2007. The manor then underwent extensive renovations starting around 2013, focusing on restoring its historical architectural features and modernizing its electrical, heating, and water systems. The park surrounding the manor was also revitalized. However, the renovations did not lead to the opening of a 5-star hotel resort as initially planned. The death of the owner in 2021 further disrupted these plans.

2022 - Present 

In 2022, Schloss Mentin took on a renewed purpose as the new home for an arts center under the umbrella of Something Great. This transformation became a reality through a collaborative effort between Schloss Mentin's owners and the invaluable support of the Bureau Ritter / TANZPAKT Reconnect program, funded by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media as part of the Neustart Kultur program. Today, Schloss Mentin hosts artists from around the world for residencies and a variety of cultural activities, with the immense potential to evolve into an arts center of unparalleled significance, not only within Germany but also on the international stage

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