Artists' Residence

In 1995 Villa Aurora became an artists’ residency and returned to being a place for international cultural encounters. Furthermore, the house stands as a memorial to all the artists and intellectuals who found refuge from Nazi persecution and had tremendous impact on the cultural life of the Unite States’ West coast.

Villa Aurora houses artists working in visual arts, film, composition and literature and offers a 9-month fellowship to the „Feuchtwanger Fellow“. This fellowship is offered to writers and journalists whose freedom of expression is hampered in their own country, a clear reminder of the history of German emigration in the 1930s.

Since 1995 around 250 artists have enlivened this spiritual place and have themselves been inspired by U.S. culture and scenery, the exiles’ traces, and by their piers who worked alongside them at the Villa.

Many of them have secured a permanent place in the German and international artistic and literary sphere.

Artworks of many shapes and forms have been created in this rich atmosphere. Artists played with airport noise and the city’s multi-lingualism, turned their attention to gangs in South-east L.A., the books in the house, the fate of the Villa’s inhabitants and much more.

Not only were many artists confronted with new realities in Southern California, but they were also able to expand their contacts to U.S. artists, the U.S. art market and various cultural organizations.

Foto: Feuchtwanger Memorial Library / USC