Dependent and independent foundations

Since it was founded in 1874, the Stadtmuseum Berlin has been a place of civic engagement. The vast majority of its collections come from endowments made by Berliners. These include prominent estates, some of which are managed in trust as dependent foundations by the Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin. In addition, there are independent foundations that partially support the work of the Stadtmuseum Berlin. 


Dora Hitz: Weinernte (Grape Harvest), circa. 1910

Dr Otto und Ilse Augustin Stiftung

Ilse Augustin established this foundation in 1986. With the help of the foundation’s endowment, the former Berlin Museum was able to acquire paintings from the Classical Modern period. These include such highlights as “Nollendorfplatz” (1912) by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and “Liebesinsel” (Dear Island) (1905) by Walter Leistikow. In 1995, the Berlin Museum became a part of the newly founded Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin. Since then, the Dr Otto und Ilse Augustin Stiftung has been acquiring works of art for the museum’s collections.

Carl-Heinz Kliemann: Versperrter Horizont (Obstructed Horizon), pastel, collage, 1995

Carl-Heinz und Helga Kliemann Stiftung

Since 2003, this foundation has preserved the works of Prof Carl-Heinz Kliemann in its portfolio. The foundation’s endowment also includes works and documents on his life and artistic creations

Jean Mammen: Vor dem Auftritt (Before the Performance), watercolour and pencil on paper, circa 1928

Jeanne Mammen Stiftung

Founded in 2003, the foundation works to preserve the artistic work of Jeanne Mammen (1890-1976). This includes over 1,000 items representing all of her creative periods, which are accessible via the online collection. Appointments can also be made to visit the artist's studio at Kurfürstendamm 29 (registration required: 030 353059-850).

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Hans and Luise Richter in their garden at home in Wannsee circa 1952 | © Stadtmuseum Berlin

Hans und Luise Richter Stiftung

This dependent foundation was established in 2002 under the umbrella of the Stadtmuseum Berlin as part of an endowment.
This part of the family estate of  the ancestors and descendants of Giacomo Meyerbeer comprises roughly 1,000 objects from a number of different material groups.
It documents the life of a Berlin family of Jewish origin from 1812 to the mid-20th century.

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"Zaungast im Spiegel der Zeiten - 300 Jahre Charlottenburger Schloss" ("Onlooker in the Mirror of the Times - 300th Anniversary of the Charlottenburg Palace") (acrylic on calico, 160 x 120 cm), Elisabeth Störmer-Hemmelgarn, 1995 © Stadtmuseum Berlin

Störmer-Hemmelgarn Foundation

The foundation was established in May 2018 by the artist couple Elisabeth Störmer-Hemmelgarn and Steffen Störmer. Born in Bremen, Störmer-Hemmelgarn began her studies of graphic arts in 1968 at the Academy of the Arts Berlin (now the University of the Arts). Since that time, she has developed a close connection to her adopted home of Berlin, where she has become a chronicler of the city. About Berlin, she says: "For me, there's no other city in Germany like it. My fate is tied to this place, and I've always worked to document its changes through time."
The purpose of the foundation is to preserve the artistic work of Elisabeth Störmer-Hemmelgarn as a documentation of the changing city. When the foundation was established, an initial group of 23 works were made part of Stadtmuseum Berlin's collection. 


Carl Vogel: Honorary chalice for Ernst Ludwig Heim, silver, Berlin, 1822 | © Stadtmuseum Berlin

Julius Bötzow Stiftung

Founded in 1927, the Bötzow Stiftung inherited the estate of brewery director Julius Bötzow following his death. The foundation is used to expand the ceramic collection at the Märkisches Museum. The foundation is currently not an active part of the Stadtmuseum.

Werner-Viktor Toeffling: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), 1974 | © Stadtmuseum Berlin

Werner-Viktor Toeffling Stiftung

Set up in 2007, the aim of this foundation is to honour and continue the legacy of Berlin artist and stage designer Werner-Viktor Toeffling. The work of the foundation includes the preservation of paintings, stage designs and stage models. The foundation awards a grant as part of a competition for painting Berlin cityscapes. The winning painting is traditionally donated to the Stadtmuseum Berlin’s collection. In addition, the foundation also supports the Stadtmuseum’s theatre collection.

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Dr Martina Weinland

Commissioner for Cultural Heritage

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