Welcome to Folkwang-Museumsverein e.V.

A dynamic museum needs the support and help of committed citizens – and throughout its 100-year history, Museum Folkwang has benefited from the commitment of members of the public and industry. The exceptional collection was founded by Karl Ernst Osthaus and, through the generosity of entrepreneurs and private patrons, was acquired for the City of Essen.

more about the history of Folkwang-Museumsverein. . .

The non-profit organization Folkwang-Museumsverein e.V., co-owner of the important collection and – in tandem with the city – the institution’s most important supporter, emerged from this initiative. The city, the association and the Osthaus heirs together form the Board of Trustees, the museum’s highest steering committee. Their work, conducted on a basis of partnership, has proven itself for almost a century now.

more about the cooperation with the city and the museum’s Board of Trustees. . .

What does Folkwang-Museumsverein offer its members? The museum and the association offer members with a range of opportunities:

  • Attendance of exclusive previews of exhibitions at the museum
  • Free entry to all exhibitions at Museum Folkwang, including special exhibitions
  • Attendance of the association’s annual reception at the official ceremony for the award of the International Folkwang Prize (every two years), as well as the members’ General Assembly, with extensive information about the work of the museum and the association
  • Personal contact with the museum director, curators, artists and collectors
  • Exclusive guide tours by curators for association members
  • Individual sponsorship for museum projects
  • Trips to and special tours of museums, galleries and private collections in Germany and abroad
  • Day trips to museums for exhibition openings

and much more. You will find further information about our current events and an opportunity to register for these here.

more about events . . .

How do you become a member?

New members are welcome; they are generally accepted upon the recommendation of existing members.

more about membership of the Folkwang-Museumsverein. . .

In its statues, the association pledges with the City of Essen to manage and develop the Folkwang collection, to make it accessible to the public, and to promote the institution’s international reputation. Since it was founded, Folkwang-Museumsverein has emphatically pursued these goals with great success. The association enriches the collection through important new acquisitions, research and conservation projects, making exhibitions possible, developing the infrastructure, and providing support with fundraising.

The wording of the statutes of Folkwang-Museumsverein e.V. 

Today, Museum Folkwang is one of the leading German art museums. With its new building, designed by David Chipperfield Architects and financed, at the instigation of its Chairman Berthold Beitz, by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung (a charitable foundation), the museum now boasts an architectural quality with which it stands out internationally. The gift from the private foundation to the City of Essen continues in marvellous fashion the actions of the original founders in 1922, and demonstrates once again that museums of the standing Museum Folkwang enjoys are inconceivable without collaboration between the public sector and generous private initiatives.

© Museum Folkwang, Foto Jens Nober

© Museum Folkwang, Foto Jens Nober