Association of Friends
Association of Friends of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V.
The Gesellschaft der Freunde (Association of Friends) of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V. has served the Kunstsammlung since 1968. The scope of the Association's activities are nowhere characterized with greater clarity than in its charter: its mission is to provide conceptual and material support to the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, and in particular to facilitate the expansion of the permanent collection. Over the years, the society has made it possible for the Kunstsammlung to acquire a number of otherwise unattainable works.
In order to do justice to the growing demands faced by the Kunstsammlung, whose activities are distributed now between three different addresses (the K20 Grabbeplatz, the K21 Ständehaus, and the Schmela Haus), the Association requires a constantly growing number of “friends” who are prepared to lend conceptual and material support to an institution which is today one of the most highly regarded museums of modern and contemporary art internationally.
Understandably, people living outside of Düsseldorf tend to identify primarily with the museums located in their own towns. Residents of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, however, should be mindful of the fact that the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is also “their” museum, which is to say: it is not a Düsseldorf museum per se, but instead a regional art institution – a “Staatsgalerie.” There are any number of good reasons to become a member of the Association of Friends of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. A detailed information brochure is available by request from the secretariat of the Association.