An event of the Rheinisches Archiv fuer Kuenstlernachlaesse, in cooperation with the Kuenstlerverein Malkasten, (Artist Circle “Paint Box”) and the Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Duesseldorf (The Culture Office of the State Capitol Duesseldorf)

November 30, 2012 – Kuenstlerverein Malkasten, Duesseldorf – 11:00 am–5:00 pm

The creative work of all artists is conceived with the hope for long term relevance. It should survive the present and continue as a clear voice that can be heard and understood by future generations.

But what will the state of comprehension of our epoch of individualized picture languages be in the future?  Will there still be a connection between the artistic expression of today’s artists and future generations?  And how will art works be treated after their special intention and worth are no longer valid?

Quite often, during a retrospective, the artist’s life work or genuine image language attains posthumously a higher estimation, than during his lifetime.  A comprehensive biographical and oeuvre –documentation is therefore a prerequisite for the renewed study of the life-work of the artist.

The goal of this symposium is, foremost, to make the artist aware of the intrinsic value of their own writings and document legacy as a specific help towards the safekeeping of their creative output.  In this way, the creators of art works are being made aware of the importance, during their lifetime, of carefully safekeeping of all documentation.

The event will place special emphasis on the initiative and self help of the artists to secure their legacy and remembrance.

The speakers were:

Prof. Dr. Gertrude Cepl-Kaufmann, Rheinisches Archiv fuer Kuenstlernachlaesse
Jutta Giffels, Competenz-Center Stiftungen der Stadtsparkasse Duesseldorf
Kay Heymer, Museum Kunstpalast, Duesseldorf
Camill Leberer, representing the Stiftung fuer Konkrete Kunst und Design, Ingolstadt
Wolfgang Lorentz, Dipl. Wirtschaftsjurist and author of the publication “Kunst hat Recht(e)”
Dr. Marie-Luise Otten – concerning the legacy of Peter Bruening
Daniel Schuetz, Rheinisches Archiv fuer Kuenstlernachlaesse
Dr. Hans M. Schmidt, former Section Director of the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Bonn - concerning the K.O. Goetz und Rissa Stiftung
Dr. Siegfried Wagner, Max Klinger Haus in Naumburg
Erwin Wortelkamp – concerning the sculpture park “IM TAL” (Westerwald)


Dr. Tobias Wall. Karin Abt-Straubinger Stiftung fuer Kunst und Kultur, Stuttgart