In the “NEW#” series, we will be showing the new acquisitions and donations to our collection in small, thematic exhibitions starting in 2021. The series begins in the Graphic Cabinet with “01 Contemporary Photography” and ranges from the conceptual works of Allan Kaprow and photographs by Becher student Tata Ronkholz to works by Annette Kelm and Rineke Dijkstra, whose photographic compositions reflect current social issues. The state-owned Toto-Lotto-GmbH and the Baden-Württemberg Museums Foundation have financed the acquisitions on display. The selection was compiled by the research volunteers Katarina Schorb and Jens-Henning Ullner.
The history of the collection begins with the the Staatsgalerie being founded as a museum of fine arts by King Wilhelm I in 1843. Since then, the collection has been continuously expanded through acquisitions, donations and permanent loans.
Today, we gather under the premises of strengthening the focal points of the collection, closing existing gaps, and increasing the proportion of female positions. The curatorial scholars decide which artists and works will be included in the collection. For the years 2021 – 2024, we have made an internal commitment to use the resources from the Central Fund exclusively for the acquisition of contemporary art, setting a quota of at least 50% for female positions. This quota also applies to the remaining funds of the MWK for the acquisition of contemporary art related to BaWü.