The origins of the Kunstmuseen Krefeld are owed to the initiative of a committed citizenry. The Kaiser Wilhelm Museum was founded by residents of the city and opened in 1896. Then as now, it is a venue for the presentation of contemporary art and current movements in the field of design. Together with Haus Esters and Haus Lange, it has a firm place in Germany’s museum landscape.
Art needs museums and museums need supporters—now more than ever. With your support for the Kunstmuseen Krefeld, you are continuing the tradition of civic commitment and assuming together with us responsibility for cultural life in Krefeld and its vicinity.
Exhibitions of international importance, an active and varied accompanying program, educational events for diverse target groups and enlarging the collection—it would be impossible to undertake any or all of these tasks without the commitment of the Freunde der Kunstmuseen Krefeld. Since 1983, this circle of friends has provided both both inspiration and financial assistance to the Kunstmuseen Krefeld, enabling the realization of our initiatives and projects and thus extending the scope of all of our creative activities. As a friend of the Kunstmuseen Krefeld, you can be among the first to experience how art comes about in our galleries. Exclusive previews and guided tours bring you in direct contact with the artists and curators of the shows as well as with other kindred spirits. You can look forward to a host of varied conversations, individually tailored event formats and inspiring visits to our galleries—naturally admission is free.
We offer companies various means of supporting the Kunstmuseen Krefeld; together with our partners, we can devise the perfect solution to meet your special requirements. You can find an overview of our funding areas.
The general and independent foundation was established in 1997 by Marianne Ebers (1919–1998) in memory of her husband, the Krefeld entrepreneur Heinz Ebers (1906-1991). The foundation set itself the task of promoting the development of the Kunstmuseen Krefeld by expanding its collection.
From its endowment funds, the Heinz and Marianne Ebers Foundation acquires artworks at regular intervals from the areas of painting, sculpture, photography, and video. In this collection, which has now grown to encompass around 80 works, American and European artistic approaches counterpoint one another: two striking works by John Wesley and Richard Allen Morris widen the Kunstmuseen Krefeld’s collection of American positions. The response to these comes from the German painters Anton Henning and Stefan Kürten with their unusual painting concepts. Photographic works by Stephen Shore and Christopher Williams counterbalance the photographic approach followed by Thomas Ruff. Furthermore, the Ebers Foundation has extended the collection of the Kunstmuseen Krefeld to include works by Richard Artschwager, Marcel Broodthaers, Thierry de Cordier, Hubbard & Birchler, Bethan Huws, Paul McCarthy, Thomas Schütte, and Franz West. The most recent acquisitions were made in 2017. The installation “Fettered Flamingos” was purchased from the Mies van der Rohe scholarship-holder and Guatemalan artist Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa. The works were specially created for his exhibition at Haus Esters. In addition, the foundation acquired the film trilogy “Nada” made by the Slovenian artist Jasmina Cibic. For her first institutional solo exhibition in Germany, the artist presented for the first time all three films in a room-filling installation at Haus Esters. NADA explores three star architects of the modern era and the role that architecture plays in the representation of nations. The third part of the trilogy, “Act III: The Exhibition”, was filmed on site at Haus Lange and Haus Esters.
Ulrich Ebers, Vorsitzender
Katja Ebers, Stellvertretende Vorsitzende
Heinz and Marianne Ebers-Stiftung
c/o Kunstmuseen Krefeld
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We are a group of volunteers who have supported the work of the Kunstmuseen Krefeld since 2006. Our goal is to get more people interested in our wonderful museums and to help the museums to increase their external impact. The concerns of the Kunstmuseen Krefeld are very close to our heart. Our commitment is clear.
Where? At the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum At Haus Lange und Haus Esters
How? Supervision and support during events run by the education department and during openings Creation of mailing files Archiving Help in the museum’s administrative department Help with raising the profile of the museums Press and public relations
When? According to datebook Volunteering has long been an established activity in Anglo-American countries. As budgets become increasingly tight, this tradition is gradually gaining traction in Germany, too – and indeed in Krefeld.
Are you interested in volunteering? We will welcome you with open arms.
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