There is a long history of civic engagement at the Kunsthalle Mannheim, which it has depended on ever since its founding by director Fritz Wichert. His ground-breaking acquisition of Manet’s “The Execution of Emperor Maximilian of Mexico” in 1910 would have never been possible without the support of the people of Mannheim, for example. Today, the Kunsthalle Mannheim is similarly unthinkable without various kinds of help from individuals and businesses alike. With the help of support from the Friends of the Kunsthalle Mannheim, the museum can continue to work on the content, preservation, and development of its collection. Since its founding in 1977, the purchase of over 110 artworks and 150 objects of the ceramics collection has been made possible, which the Kunsthalle association has made available for loan. The value of the works stands at approximately €2.8 million – without accounting for an increase in value. The new museum complex was opened on June 1, 2018, made possible by a personal donation of €50 million from SAP co-founder Dr Hans-Werner Hector and by support from the city of Mannheim, the state of Baden-Württemburg, as well as many other donors, in an exemplary private-public partnership. The client was the private foundation Kunsthalle Mannheim, which was set up specifically for this purpose. The Kunsthalle Mannheim Foundation, in conjunction with the Benefactors’ Circle (founded in 2017), helps the Kunsthalle to realize special exhibitions and promote research publication projects. The Kunsthalle Mannheim would like to thank all its benefactors for their generous and long-standing support.
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