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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 2018

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 2014–2018


A Concert for August Sander
CD with pieces of music by Paul Hindemith, Willi Ostermann, Paul Scheinpflug, Richard Strauss, Ernst Toch, Hermann Unger

David Johnson (Violin) & Thomas Palm (Piano)

The CD is based on a concert which took place in 2014 within the framework of the exhibition "August Sander – Masterpieces and Discoveries", in Mediapark, Cologne.

The performance and the production of the CD were generously supported by Ulla Bartenbach and Prof. Dr. Kurt Bartenbach as well as the Society of Patrons of Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne e.V.


With the kind support of the Society of Patrons of Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne e.V. and their members, the 10-part work by Hans Eijkelboom „Ode to August Sander“  was purchased for the collection.

For further information about the work please click here.

„Ode to August Sander“ was shown in the restrospective exhibition „Hans Eijkelboom – Photographic Concepts, from the Seventies until today“ presented 2016/2017 in Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur in Cologne.

Photo: Benjamin Hoetter


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

In order to avert health risks from Covid-19 as far as possible, we have set up online ticketing for you. At www.sk-kultur.de you can book tickets for visiting the exhibition and taking part in the Sunday tours (3 p.m. each time). The number of visitors and participants is limited, we ask you to take the necessary infection protection measures (protective mask and minimum distance) into account. Thank you.

We look forward to your registration!


On Tour:

Boris Becker – Bunkers
Photographs of Architectures and Artefacts

Saarlandmuseum, Moderne Galerie, Saarbrücken

July 18, 2020 – January 31, 2021