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.
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.
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.
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.
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