Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur -  Society of Patrons
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August Sander: Malerehepaar (Martha Hegemann und Anton Räderscheidt), um 1925, erworben mit Unterstützung der Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Photographischen Sammlung der SK Stiftung Kultur, Köln e.V.; © Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur–August Sander Archiv, Köln; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

Society of Patrons of Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne e.V.

The Society of Patrons of actively supports and accompanies Die Photographische Sammlung’s multi-faceted programme. Among their activities are regular contributions to the exhibitions, in particular the support of public guided tours, as well as talks, conferences and workshops. In this way the members contribute towards the presentation and appreciation of photography as an artistic medium.

As a member, you play a part through your financial and non-material involvement in the preservation of important photographic works. You support the acquisition of works on permanent loan so that they become part of the collection of Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur. In addition you can participate in individual projects:

Projects 2014–2016


Under the heading “Side glances” the intention is to present the work of young artists and photographic positions with an aim to include them in exhibition projects. These projects take place with the support of the Society of Patrons.

Nico Joana Weber: Selva Negra
The artist Nico Joana Weber was chosen as the first to be included in the “Side glances” project. Her multi-media installation project included photography, video and sculptural aspects. Further information: www.photographie-sk-kultur.de/en/exhibitions/archive/2016/nico-joana-weber/
Nico Joana Weber

Photo:Niklas Rausch

The Typological View—Exhibition for Hilla Becher
Special support by individual members of the Society of Patrons for the exhibition in memory of Hilla and Bernd Becher. Works by over 45 of the artists’ former students were included in the presentation. Additional information: www.photographie-sk-kultur.de/en/exhibitions/archive/2016/the-typological-view/
The typological View

Photo:Niklas Rausch


Photography in school – Collecting/Comparing/Documenting / Project Bernd and
Hilla Becher
Special support for the cooperation between the Suitbertus-Gymnasium in Düsseldorf Kaiserswerth and Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, including a publication.

Cover der Projektpublikation

Through the efforts and support of the Society of Patrons the park area behind the SK Stiftung Kultur building and Mediapark has been re-named “August-Sander-Park”.

Photo: Niklas Rausch

» further information about the Membership of the Society of Patrons

August Sander Award

A new prize for photography starting in 2018

For further information please click here.


Exhibitions On Tour:

August Sander: Das Gesicht der Landschaft – Rheinland und Siebengebirge
Siebengebirgsmuseum, Königswinter
November 30, 2017 – April 29, 2018

Public Guided Tours

Each Sunday at 15 hrs during the exhibition period (in German, please contact us for tours in English)

The education programme is supported by the Society of Patrons of Die Photographische Sammlung.

Opening hours and entrance fee

The exhibition opens daily 14-19hrs, closed on Wednesday

Entrance fee 5,50 € (red. 3,00 €)
Entrance free on the first Monday of each month!