Ernst Barlach Foundation

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The Ernst Barlach Foundation (spelling Ernst Barlach Foundation ) is a German foundation under civil law with its seat in Güstrow . It manages a large part of Ernst Barlach's estate and is responsible for the Barlach museums in Güstrow.

History and task

The foundation was established on January 1, 1994. This was preceded by efforts after the reunification of Germany to preserve the collections and memorial sites in Güstrow , which had been supported by the Academy of Sciences of the GDR since the 1960s , to replace the claims of the heirs, the two grandsons of Barlach, Hans and Ernst Barlach, and to make the estate public to convict. This involved over 300 sculptures, 1000 drawings, 120 sketchbooks, 110 literary manuscripts, 230 items of graphic art, 24 printing blocks, the library and other testimonies to Barlach's life and work. After some back and forth, it was possible to purchase the holdings for the state with the help of the cultural foundation of the federal states , the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania . The state transferred the estate, for which the Kulturstiftung initially acted as a fiduciary acquirer, together with the properties to the newly established foundation.

“The purpose of the foundation is to commemorate the artist Ernst Barlach in Güstrow while preserving his studio house Heidberg, to collect, maintain, scientifically research and keep his wide-ranging work, especially in its artistic, graphic, graphic and literary form by presenting and making available to the public in its entirety, including the results of its research, through exhibitions, performances and other publications. "

In addition to the artistic work, the foundation also preserves Barlach's extensive literary estate.

The foundation is based in the building at Heidberg 15 in Güstrow, where Barlach lived from 1910 to 1938.

The foundation looks after the following museums: Gertrudenkapelle , Atelierhaus and the exhibition forum. The floating in Güstrow Cathedral is one of her sculptures .

The museums hold the world's most extensive collection of works by the important expressionist sculptor Ernst Barlach. Works from all creative periods and areas of the artist - from his time in Dresden as a master student of Robert Diez to the last year of his life in Güstrow - form the valuable inventory of sculptures, graphics and drawings as well as autographs.

Regine Marquardt was chairwoman of the foundation until her death .


Web links

Commons : Ernst Barlach Foundation  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Estate: Treasure in the safe . In: Der Spiegel . No. 12 , 1991 ( online ).
  2. Kulturstiftung der Länder: The Ernst Barlach estate in Güstrow. (Patrimonia 100) 1995
  3. From the statutes of Kulturfö