Starting in 2018 Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung will support 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. With immediate effect, the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung makes it possible for artists domiciled and permanently residing in Germany to take part in one of the Pilchuck Glass School programs by providing financial support. The high course fees and travel costs make these courses inaccessible to most artists from Germany. The Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung grants up to five scholarships per year of up to 6,000 euros since 2018. The project will run until 2020.
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
The Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung is the new 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. At first the foundation financed individual projects in the field of photography: in 2015 the exhibition of the artist Stan Douglas and in 2016 the exhibition of James Casebere. It then decided to support the museum on a comprehensive and long-term basis. This funding is intended to help Haus der Kunst to continue to pursue and develop its innovative approach. The annual support has been committed for a period of three years, and may be extended to five years. It goes exclusively into the artistic program, educational work, and research activities. In addition to this grant, the foundation plans to support individual projects of the exhibition hall as well. The cooperation between the foundation and the Haus der Kunst is another important component of arts promotion, besides operating a museum and supporting Art Academies.
The Sammlung für Fotografie and Neue Medien (Collection of Photography and New Media) at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich has 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. The first exhibition in the series opened on 30 September 2016. The second exhibition was shown from 15 June 2018 to 7 Oktober 2018.
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.
AND GLASS COURSES
The Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung started a big funding program with which the foundation promotes international glass schools as well as glass courses at art academies. The first course to receive support is Freie Kunst Glas under Professor Jens Gussek at the Institute of Ceramic and Glass Arts in Höhr-Grenzhausen, Koblenz University of Applied Sciences.
The course Freie Kunst Glas has been taught at Höhr-Grenzhausen for fifteen years. It is an innovative institution for artistic training in the area of modern sculpture and work with the material glass. Its graduates and students receive national and international prizes on a regular basis. The multiannual sponsorship makes it possible for the school to realize exhibition projects, to improve artistic training as well as the technical equipment. Within the framework of the funding, one goal has been achieved: In September 2017 a new hot-glass kiln went into operation.