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Gabriele Quandt | Chairwoman
Gabriele Quandt | Chairwoman


Dear friends of the Nationalgalerie,

On 10 March 2014, the annual general assembly of the Verein der Freunde der Nationalgalerie has elected me as Chairwoman of our association - one of the most beautiful and challenging honorary posts I can imagine! With great joy and respect for this new task I have accepted the election. With passion I want to pursue the various activities of the association for the benefit of the Nationagalerie. 

I'm looking forward to the next three years with you!

Gabriele Quandt

The mission of the Verein is to finance exhibitions at the Nationalgalerie for which no state funding exists. Our activities include marketing services and organising parallel events for major exhibition projects. The Verein and its foundation make it possible to acquire important artworks to add to the museum’s collection, and the Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst has helped us achieve our goal of promoting contemporary art.

Our activities are always fully coordinated with Udo Kittelmann, Director of the Nationalgalerie. No acquisitions or exhibitions take place without first meeting the artistic and curatorial approval of the museum’s senior staff. Since my entire professional life has been devoted to making art accessible and creating new opportunities for contemporary art – through writing, teaching, moderating and political activities – I am delighted to be able to work on behalf of privately funded art initiatives in order to allow audiences to see and experience the power of these artworks.

The support provided by the Verein der Freunde der Nationalgalerie has played a crucial role in exhibitions such as “Bilderträume”, as well as the Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch collection, exhibitions by Taryn Simon and Thomas Demand at the Neue Nationalgalerie, the presentation of the collection of the banker J.H.W. Wagener at the Alte Nationalgalerie, and in extremely ambitious projects such as the installation by Carsten Höller at the Hamburger Bahnhof.

I’m looking forward to the challenging tasks ahead over the next few years! There is certainly no lack of imagination and dedication among our ranks, thanks to the Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees, the project team, our sponsors and patrons, and the many passionate members of our association.

Christina Weiss

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