KUNSTHAUS : KOLLITSCH
At the beginning of 2014 Sigrun and Günther Kollitsch opened their new company headquarters, and in doing so they created not only a special place for their staff but also an appropriate setting with sufficient space for their personal sphere of interest – fine art. From this starting point the KUNSTHAUS : KOLLITSCH was formed, enhancing the office building with contemporary art and aiming to combine the world of work with the world of art at a high level. In the modern, museum-like ambience of the generously proportioned listed building, contemporary art by young, innovative and also established artists is presented, the collection being changed on an annual basis. The changing exhibitions show works from the Kollitsch collection and loaned works, some of which can also be purchased.
The Kollitsch collection is a private collection of contemporary art with an international perspective, and has been steadily built up over past years. It includes works in all artistic media, such as paintings, drawings, sculpture, installations, photography and video, and offers a cross-section of the variety of artistic modes of expression over the whole spectrum of modern art.
Behind the KUNSTHAUS : KOLLITSCH is an expert, committed team with a great passion for contemporary art and culture. In addition to Sigrun and Günther Kollitsch, since 2015 Frank Falderbaum and Hans Vieth have been employed as curators and consultants, bringing contemporary art items to the collection from their base in Cologne. The collection manager and exhibition director is Magdalena Koschat. All members of the team discuss the conceptual and content-based orientation of the collection, and together they work out future strategies.
The current SCHAU….5 exhibition features 121 works by 47 contemporary international artists. It offers an insight into the wide range of artistic forms of expression on a variety of modern-day issues and incorporates works created using different mediums such as painting, sculpture, photography and video art.
Featured artist of the month
Ralph Schuster was born in Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany in 1982. He studied under Walter Dahn and Hartmut Neumann at the Braunschweig University of Art from 2007 to 2013. He has received numerous awards including project funding from the Kunststiftung NRW (2018), a studio grant from the Kölnischer Kunstverein (2015-2018), an annual scholarship from the State of Lower Saxony for art (2014) and a Fine Arts award from the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, ATLAS – with art students exhibiting their works (Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, 2013). Ralph Schuster’s works have been exhibited, among other places, at the Kölnischer Kunstverein (2017), Kunsthalle Recklinghausen (2015, 2016), Philara Collection, Düsseldorf (2014), Sprüth Magers, Berlin (2013), MAI 36 Galerie, Zürich (2010) and Bonner Kunstverein (2010). He lives and works in Cologne.