The Foundation
Berlinische Galerie

Berlinische Galerie, © Noshe
© Noshe

The Foundation

On 2 November 1994 the federal state of Berlin adopted its Museum Foundations Act (Museumsstiftungsgesetz), establishing the Berlinische Galerie as a public museum of modern art, photography and architecture with effect from 12 November 1994. The museum was incorporated as a public law foundation with its own legal capacity and domiciled in Berlin.

The foundation has two governing bodies: a management board (Vorstand) and a board of trustees (Stiftungsrat). An advisory council was created to support them in their work. The museum’s director Dr Thomas Köhler chairs the board of trustees.


The name of the foundation is Stiftung Berlinische Galerie. Its mission is to collect, preserve, care for and research into works and materials relating to the history of art and culture in Berlin, essentially from the 19th century until the present day, in the fields of fine art, photography and architecture. The remit includes making these accessible to the public in the customary manner of a museum, both in the form of a permanent display from the collection and through temporary themed exhibitions, and facilitating an evaluation of its holdings for academic and educational purposes.

Foundation Council


Dr. Klaus Lederer, Senator für Kultur und Europa


Erika Hoffmann-Koenige, Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin
Uli Mayer-Johanssen, Uli Mayer-Johanssen GmbH
Walter Rasch, Senator a.D.
Bert Antonius Kaufmann, Deichtorhallen Hamburg

Substitute Members

Franciska Zólyom, Direktorin der Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig
Jens-Rainer Jänig, mc-quadrat, Berlin, Vorsitzender des Fördervereins Berlinische Galerie e.V.
Dr. Angelika Taschen
Dr. Ulrich Köstlin, Berlin

Advisory Council


Christiane zu Salm, About Change Collection, Berlin
Prof. Dr. Dominik Bartmann, Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin
Prof. Dr. Charlotte Klonk, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte
Dr. Ulrich Pohlmann, Kulturreferat Münchner Stadtmuseum, Sammlungsleiter Fotomuseum
Dr. Alexandra Gräfin von Stosch, Berlin
Dr. Petra Winter, Leiterin des Zentralarchivs der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin

Substitute Members

Inka Bertz, Jüdisches Museum Berlin
Dr. Michael Buhrs, Direktor, Museum Villa Stuck, München
Prof. Regine Leibinger, Architektin, Barkow Leibinger, Berlin

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