In the highlands of Bad Münstereifel, in the midst of a unique Eifel landscape with hills and valleys, meadows, forests and fields, you will find the Kunsthof Greven on a restored half-timbered farm with 7500 square metres of surrounding land. In recent years, an artistic gem has been created there that is second to none.
Originally, the artist Paul Greven wanted to build an oversized "Trojan Horse" in Honerath. - And what happened? During the excavations for this project, he came across wall remains that were probably of Roman origin. At least that's what the imaginative painter and sculptor Paul Greven reported. In reality, the idea for a new art project had come to him after a visit to Ephesus/Turkey. It was to be a special kind of ground monument.
He had the vision to create something that normally cannot be reconciled with the conventional concept of art. As a former resident of Cologne, where one comes across traces of the Romans in practically every earthwork, he can effortlessly imagine an earth field with ups and downs, with walls and arches of walls and with finds from the past. The Romans, who under Caesar already populated the Eifel from Trier to Cologne, also left traces here, even according to Greven in Honerath.
It is usual for the viewer of art to occupy himself with a picture hanging on the wall or to look at a sculpture indoors or outdoors. Greven, on the other hand, wants to "paint" his picture directly into the depths, into the earth. For this purpose, he has cleared an area of about 5.00 m by about 10.00 m and about 1.80 m deep. He wants to fill this rectangle with walls, paths, arches, floor slabs, gutters, shafts and old finds, and partly cover it with clay and paint, thus creating a large work of art that can be viewed from a bird's eye view - or into which one can walk to marvel at details and colours. In addition, some "found objects" will be exhibited in showcases. Real finds found during earthworks on the Kunsthof include old tools, old household utensils, necklaces, shards of pottery, jewellery and the like. All this will be on display in the project Romans in Honerath.