The initiative for the founding of the Grafikstiftung Neo Rauch (Graphics Foundation Neo Rauch), that was jointly founded by the City of Aschersleben, the artist Neo Rauch as well as Gerd Harry Lybke and Kerstin Wahala of Galerie EIGEN + ART was a gift of the artist Neo Rauch to his hometown Aschersleben: Neo Rauch has donated one edition of his complete graphic work up to now to the city.
The artist who was brought up in Aschersleben visited his hometown on occasion of an exhibition of his students during the “Landesgartenschau” (county garden festival) in 2010. In a conversation with the former Mayor Andreas Michelmann, Prof. Arno Lederer, Gerd Harry Lybke and Kerstin Wahala of Galerie EIGEN + ART, the artist expressed the wish to closely link his name to his hometown. The idea of giving the city graphic works for an exhibition quickly came about in the conversation.
With the foundation that was established in 2012 having its seat in Aschersleben it was made possible to show the artist’s graphic work that has been created since 1993 in a comprehensive and focused way. Additionally, one edition of all future graphic works by Neo Rauch will be donated to the foundation.
On Friday, May 4, 2012, the Minister of the Interior of Saxony-Anhalt Holger Stahlknecht presented the certificate of recognition to the chairwoman of the board of the foundation Kerstin Wahala and the Mayor of the City of Aschersleben Andreas Michelmann in Dessau-Roßlau. From June 1, 2012, the foundation has taken up their residence and the first exhibition titled “Neo Rauch – the graphic work – part one” was opened. The exhibition will run through March 3, 2013. The graphic works of the artist, who lives in Leipzig and was brought up in Aschersleben, will be presented in changing exhibitions in the “Riegelbau” in the city’s Bestehornpark.
The foundation is dedicated to promote art, science and culture. The foundation’s goal is especially to preserve and maintain the entire graphic oeuvre by the artist Neo Rauch in the form of an extensive collection of lithographs and graphic works that Neo Rauch has created since 1993. The foundation further aims to making the artist’s graphic work public through exhibitions and publications and through other actions. The Grafikstiftung Neo Rauch is an operational working foundation that uses its funds in self-designed support activities. It does not act on commission and has no programmes for the support of external projects.
Founding Donors of the Grafikstiftung are the City of Aschersleben, represented by the Mayor, Kerstin Wahala and Gerd Harry Lybke, Galerie EIGEN + ART as well as Neo Rauch.
The Board of Directors is comprises the following members:
Kerstin Wahala (Berlin)
Hans-Michael Strube (Halle/Saale)
Chairwoman of the board is Kerstin Wahala.
Board of Trustees:
Rudij Bergmann (Mannheim)
Ernst Karl vom Böckel (Aschersleben)
Dr. Hedda im Brahm-Droege (Düsseldorf)
Nina Wieland (München)
Gerd Harry Lybke (Berlin)
Andreas Michelmann (Aschersleben)
Neo Rauch (Leipzig)
Mike Schubert (Aschersleben)
Dr. Jeannette Stoschek (Leipzig)
Honored Member of the Board of Trustees:
Dr. Peter Krüger (Bad Honnef)
Christiane Wisniewski (Gatersleben)
The foundation is domiciled in Aschersleben.
The catalogue and printed matter of the graphic works by Neo Rauch have been realised with the kind support of the Ostdeutsche Sparkassenstiftung and the Salzlandsparkasse.
NORD LB Kulturstiftung
Kunststiftung des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt, with support of the
Kloster Bergesche Stiftung
David and Monica Zwirner
Kristin von Bleichert-Krüger and Dr. Peter Krüger
Annett and Mike Schubert
Christiane and Christian Wisniewski
Johanna Christiansen and Manfred Köhler
Gesine and Manfred Rendel
Tanja and Wenzel Bosticka-Ziechmann
Florian Felix Ziechmann
Dr. Doris Apell-Kölmel
Prof. Dr. Michael Kölmel
Ascherslebener Gebäude- und Wohnungsgesellschaft mbH
Stadtwerke Aschersleben GmbH
Deutsche Bank AG
Axel Springer SE
NOVO-TECH Trading GmbH & Co.KG
Gerd Harry Lybke
Maria Magdalena Koehn
Ann und Jürgen Wilde
Friedhelm und Birgit Heitland
Taxon GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
Christine und André Wisniewski