The Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung is a non-profit foundation based in Munich that supports contemporary art and science. It was established in December 2000 by the entrepreneur Alexander Tutsek and Dr. Eva-Maria Fahrner-Tutsek to share responsibility for the cultural foundations of our society.
The foundation’s vision is a vibrant world of art and science that drives social progress and contributes to a successful human coexistence. With its commitment and its funding projects, it focuses in particular on neglected, overlooked or even special and particular areas in art and science, and aims to strengthen them sustainably.
EXHIBITIONS & COLLECTION
In its internationally oriented exhibition and collection activities, the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung focuses on contemporary photography as well as contemporary sculptures and installations using the medium of glass. It regularly shows exhibitions on innovative topics and builds up its continuously growing collection on this basis. The aim is to open up new perspectives on important questions of our time and to provide access to the two media of photography and glass to as broad an audience as possible. Among the acquisitions of recent years are works by young and internationally renowned artists such as Tony Cragg, Mona Hatoum, Kiki Smith, Robin Rhode, Nan Goldin, Rinko Kawauchi, and Robert Rauschenberg. In the course of the development of the collection’s focus on photography in Asia, important works by Chinese artists, including Ren Hang, RongRong, and Cao Fei, entered the collection.
SUPPORT OF YOUNG TALENTS AND ARTISTS
A central concern of the promotion of young talent in the arts funding area is to improve the training opportunities for artists working in the foundation’s focus areas. To this end, in addition to student exhibition projects, productions of elaborate works of art are also financed. Together with universities, glass schools and academies, the foundation also works on the further development of training programs and supports the acquisition of adequate technical equipment. For example, the glass art class of the Institute for Artistic Ceramics and Glass (IKKG) at Koblenz University of Applied Sciences has received extensive financial support from the foundation over several years, as has the annual exhibition of the glass class of the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich or the Staatliche Glasfachschule Rheinbach. Equally important for the foundation is the support of individual artists who work with glass as a material or in the field of photography. The foundation dedicates itself to their further education and projects in various sponsorship projects, such as awarding scholarships to the renowned Pilchuck Glass School in the USA.
SUPPORT OF CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS
With long-term funding programs, support for ambitious exhibition projects, and the financing of significant acquisitions, the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung supports special projects at museums and exhibition venues. Already since 2016, the foundation has been the main supporter of the Haus der Kunst in Munich, among others, where it supports innovative photography exhibitions in addition to its ongoing commitment. For the Photography and New Media Collection of the Pinakothek der Moderne, the foundation financed the purchase of important works of photography such as, most recently, the famous series The Brown Sisters by Nicholas Nixon and, as sole supporter, made possible the three-part exhibition series Photography Today – Artistic Photography in the Digital Age. Young artists in the field of photography were thus given a unique forum in a museum. The support of the C/O Berlin Talent Award, which began in 2020, is also in this spirit. It is a sponsorship award for young photographic talent that includes an exhibition in addition to the prize money.
PROMOTION OF RESEARCH AND TEACHING
In the field of science, the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung primarily supports research and teaching in the engineering sciences. These use the knowledge gained in the natural sciences for our daily lives and contribute an important – often overlooked – part to the technical progress of society. The focus of the funding measures is on basic and applied research in the subject areas of glass, ceramics, stones and earths. These subjects, which provide important insights for other subfields of engineering, are increasingly neglected in general funding in favor of “modern” subject areas. To ensure that they do not become a marginal field at technical universities and to make them more attractive to students, universities and innovative research projects receive financial support. For example, the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung has been awarding doctoral scholarships for many years to support larger research projects at the Technical University of Dortmund, the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg and the University of Koblenz-Landau, among others. It supports the acquisition of high-quality equipment and finances other equipment necessary for teaching.
SUPPORT OF YOUNG TALENTS
The promotion of a broad range of young professionals and engineers is an ongoing task for the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung. The main focus is on improving training opportunities and enabling young people to focus strongly and sustainably on their education through financial support. Foundation funds for training in special professional fields are available not only to students at universities, but also to students at universities of applied sciences and technical colleges. In this context, the foundation awards scholarships on a large scale as well as prize money for outstanding achievements and social commitment. At the Technical University of Munich, it has been awarding 30 Deutschlandstipendien annually to students in natural science subjects since 2019.
With its exhibition program, accompanying lectures and events, the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung is open to a broad public and sees itself as a platform for interdisciplinary exchange. Its two locations provide an excellent setting for this: The rooms of the villa in the former artists’ quarter Schwabing have become a permanent institution in Munich’s cultural landscape. During the changing exhibitions, the Art Nouveau villa, which once housed a sculptor’s studio, forms a charming contrast to the contemporary works in the collection. The BlackBox, which will additionally open in 2021, offers an excellent complement to this with its generously proportioned, modern exhibition spaces. There – in the heart of the newly developed Parkstadt Schwabing district – large-format photographs and expansive sculptures can also be presented.
Dr. Eva-Maria Fahrner-Tutsek
Chairwoman of the board, managing director
Deputy chairman of the board
Dr. Ulrich Wacker
Member of the board
Dr. Jörg Garbrecht
Collection management, art education
Press and public relations, digital communication
Foundation management, funding programs science and art
Visitor service BlackBox, funding programs art
Dr. Petra Giloy-Hirtz