We about us
The association of "Friends of the Prinzhorn
Collection" is a non-profit association for the promotion of
the Heidelberg collection Prinzhorn. The "Friends of the
Prinzhorn Collection" e.V. have supported the Heidelberg
Collection Prinzhorn since 1995, a collection of art from a
psychiatric context that is unique in the world.
The association of friends was founded in 1995 on the
initiative of students of the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts
and has since been supported by well-known personalities
from the arts and the public.
The founding committee consisted of Prof. Dr. med.
Jean Christophe Ammann (†), Prof. Georg Baselitz, Dr. med.
Eduard Beaucamp, Prof. dr. Johann Feilacher, Prof. dr. Peter
Gorsen (†), Peter Härtling (†), Prof. dr. Hartmut Kraft,
Johann Kresnik, Prim. Leo Navratil (†), Prof. Arnulf Rainer,
Dr. med. Maria Rave-Schwank and Prof. Gerhard Richter.
The association gave the impulse for the realization
of the museum collection Prinzhorn in the year 2001. The
museum collection Prinzhorn is an institution of the
university clinic Heidelberg. Since its opening, the museum
has been able to realize a large number of international
exhibitions, in part with extensive exhibition catalogs
presenting new research.
The Prinzhorn Collection is one of the most unusual,
significant and stimulating art collections in the world. It
includes works from psychiatric context of different epochs.
These are works from various artistic disciplines that
fascinate with emotional power, diverse techniques,
inventiveness and thematic breadth, often touching with a
special kind of authenticity.
The art historian and physician Hans Prinzhorn
(1886-1933) gathered around 5,000 works by patients from
psychiatric institutions throughout Europe in Heidelberg
after the First World War, thereby building up a collection
that has received international attention to this day. Since
1980, around 21,000 works have been added. In order to
support and accompany this unique work in a special way, the
association of the "Friends of the Prinzhorn Collection" was
The Association of Friends of the Prinzhorn Collection
is a non-profit association for the promotion of the
Prinzhorn Collection. In times when the success of cultural
projects more than ever depends on the active support of
friends, sponsors and supporters, the association supports
the realization of exhibition projects and important
publications, facilitates scientific and interdisciplinary
accompanying events, promotes the educational offer of the
museum and offers Its members also have a wide range of
benefits and events.
With its founding, the association gave the impetus
for the realization of the museum in 2001. - The most
important future goal now is to promote the structural
expansion of the collection on the grounds of the
Altklinikum in Heidelberg.
The purpose of the association is the preservation and
promotion of artistic and historically significant cultural
assets. In pursuit of this purpose, the association supports
the Prinzhorn collection in its exhibitions and other
events, as well as scientific research and publications on
the art of people with psychiatric experience. He also
supports construction projects of the collection.
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Dr. Kristina Hoge, Prof. dr. Dr. H. c. Erik Jayme,
Hans-Martin Mumm, Priv.-Doz. Dr. Thomas Röske, Prof. dr.
Maike Rotzoll (Chairlady), Dipl.-Ing. Ulrich Schwenger
Prof. Dr. med. Ingo B. Autenrieth (Senior Medical
Director and Chairman of the Board, Heidelberg University
Hospital), Dr. Eduard Beaucamp (Frankfurt aM), Prof. Dr.
Gottfried Böhm (Basel CH), Prof. Dr. Matthias Bormuth
(Oldenburg), Dr. Joachim Gerner (vice-mayor of Heidelberg),
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Thomas Röske (Prinzhorn Collection), Prof.
Dr. Jochen Tröger (Heidelberg)
Christiane Hauß (architecture), Dr. Arndt Overlack
(legal issues), Prof. Dr. Jochen Tröger (adviser for the
extension of the Prinzhorn Collection)