Thanks to the generous support of the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung, the Pinakothek der Moderne was able to acquire an important work for its photography collection in 2018. The spectacular purchase of the famous series The Brown Sisters by the photographer Nicholas Nixon added an iconic work to the collection of the Pinakothek der Moderne. The series of forty-four photographs has long since been on the wish list of Dr. Inka Graeve Ingelmann, director of the Collection of Photography and New Media. To make that possible, the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung has covered the entire cost of the purchase.
Since 2018 Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung supports the International Summer Academy of Bild-Werk Frauenau e.V. for three years. The institution offers courses and workshops in the artistic training and work with glass. Since its foundation, it can survive only in that board members, staff, and lecturers compensate financial deficits by volunteering. The Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung support is intended to provide planning security and latitude to work out sustainable concepts to safeguard the future of Bild-Werk Frauenau.
Bild-Werk Frauenau is a regional and international forum for glass and visual art in the glassmaking town of Frauenau in eastern Bavaria. The courses of the International Summer Academy and other workshops focus on artistic and technical work with hot and cold glass, supplemented by traditional and new creative methods above all in the visual arts. The Academy attracts artists from many countries of Eastern and Western Europe and the world. It enjoys worldwide renown for its creative atmosphere of exchange and its specific artistic profile.
PILCHUCK GLASS SCHOOL
Promoting the training of artists who work with glass is one of the main goals of Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung’s funding activities. Since 2018, the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung makes it possible for artists domiciled and permanently residing in Germany to take part in one of the renown Pilchuck Glass School programs by providing financial support. The high course fees and travel costs make these courses inaccessible to most artists from Germany. In the past two years the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung has respectively granted up to 12 scholarships per year of up to 6,000 euros.
The workshops of the world’s leading Pilchuck Glass School (founded in 1971) near Seattle (USA) are taught by internationally renowned artists working with glass. This scholarship program addresses artists who work with glass and want to continue their training. Meeting and partaking in an intense exchange with the lecturers as well as with the other participants not only cultivates new skills but also develops the artists’ own creative work.
CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION (as at July 2020)
The Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung is the partner and major supporter of Haus der Kunst in Munich. The Haus der Kunst is not only one of the most important museums in Munich, but it also earned an outstanding reputation as one of the leading cultural centres in the world of contemporary art.
In 2016 the Sammlung für Fotografie and Neue Medien (Collection of Photography and New Media) at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich developed a new exhibition concept, which the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung is funding in its entirety. It consists of a series of three exhibitions entitled What is Photography today?. The exhibitions address the current positions of international contemporary photographic art, thus providing young artists a platform in a museum setting. An important objective of the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung is to give young artists a forum. Central to the exhibition is the question of how photography today can define and assert itself as an artistically independent form of expression against the background of increasing digitalization. After the first two exhibitions (2016 and 2018), the third and last exhibition was realized in November 2020. Under the title Resistant Faces, it brings together 14 critical image and reality designs from contemporary photography, including a work by the Norwegian artist Frida Orupabo, which was made available on loan from the collection of the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung. The exhibition will run until April 11, 2021. Due to the current measures to contain the Covid-19 virus, the Pinakothek der Moderne is currently closed to the public.
The Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung also supported the Sammlung für Fotografie and Neue Medien by financing the acquisition of two important photographs by the artist Zoe Leonard.
The Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung implements a large support program with which it funds national and international glass schools as well as glass departments at art academies. The foundation’s goal is to improve the training for students who would like to work with the material glass in art. It supports diverse educational institutions on a continuous basis over a period of several years. The backing allows the institutions to carry out workshops with guest lecturers as well as exhibition projects, for instance, or to acquire necessary technical equipment such as a new hot-glass kiln.
The support program began with the Institute of Ceramic and Glass Arts at Koblenz University of Applied Sciences in Höhr-Grenzhausen. In the summer of 2018 the Berufsfachschule für Glastechnik und Glasgestaltung of the Staatliche Glasfachschule Rheinbach was taken up in the program. With the support of the glass department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam since the winter semester 2019, the foundation is also involved on an international basis.