Can we feel a life’s work? Yes! Anyone who had the opportunity to work with Alexander Tutsek felt what a life’s work means. And anyone who has worked at the Refratechnik company or the nonprofit Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung over the past ten years feels it: With the company that he was active in for nearly sixty years and with the foundation he established together with his wife Dr. Eva-Maria Fahrner-Tutsek in 2000, Alexander Tutsek created a legacy that extends far beyond his own lifetime. Alexander Tutsek’s life’s work has an enormous long-term impact.
So today on 14 September 2021, on the tenth anniversary of his death, we remember a very special person with gratitude. Who was Alexander Tutsek? What did he contribute? What led him? Let us take a look at his life’s work and what it means to us today.
Alexander Tutsek, who had Hungarian roots, stood on his own two feet early in life: A few years after the Second World War, he set up his own news agency, Radiopress Ost, in Vienna. In 1954, he joined the business of his then father-in-law in Lower Saxony. After taking over the firm in the 1960s, he developed it into an international group of companies active in the refractory ceramics and industrial minerals sectors over five decades.
Yet Alexander Tutsek was not only a doer, he was always a human being as well. Both were one with him. He developed a corporate culture of togetherness and respect, oriented on tangible values. He liked people; he managed the firm sustainably; and he built it with style. All this continues to shape the company anew every day.
Social commitment, though, was also important to the culturally educated man interested in everything: To crown his life’s work, he created the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung together with his wife Dr. Eva-Maria Fahrner-Tutsek. The nonprofit foundation promotes visual arts as well as education, teaching, and research in the natural and engineering sciences. It is active in several fields at the same time and its record to date is impressive:
The foundation has supported nearly 60 scientific projects at 9 universities in the fields of engineering and material sciences to the present day.
- The foundation supported more than 130 students in the ceramic professions at universities, universities of applied sciences, and technical colleges in the past 7 years.
- In its exhibition and collection activities, the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung focuses on contemporary sculptures and installations using the medium of glass, as well as modern photography: Since 2004, it presented 16 exhibitions in its exhibition galleries in Munich.
- In the support of young artists, the foundation launched, amongst other things, a major funding program to improve the education of young people studying sculpture with a focus on glass in 2016.
- In addition, the foundation supported countless artists, is the primary sponsor of the Haus der Kunst in Munich, and has realized more than 50 projects at 24 museums and cultural institutions up till now.
The vision of the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung is an enlightened, modern society for whose vitality and progress a dynamic world of art and science is essential. With its commitment and its funding projects, it concentrates on special areas in art and science, of which some have fallen out of favor, and reinforces these sustainably.
Thus, the life’s work of Alexander Tutsek remains alive.