The Olbricht Foundation strives to fulfil its mission of advancing contemporary art, contemporary artists, and curators and to generate public interest in art, especially among children and teenagers. As well as enabling rotating exhibitions featuring various facets of the Olbricht Collection and other international private art collections, the foundation also presents the cabinet of curiosities, the Wunderkammer, permanently installed at me Collectors Room. Parallel to the exhibitions, we offer an extensive outreach programme for children and young adults, as well as an events programme that includes public talks with collectors, artists, and experts, as well as concerts and readings.
By presenting old art in the Wunderkammer in conjunction with more contemporary art in the various exhibitions and by stimulating all the senses through the inclusion of music in the programme, we hope to provide new insights and new perspectives for visitors to enjoy at first hand.
The Olbricht Foundation is particularly active in its efforts to anchor art in the everyday lives of children and young adults. Our outreach programme is geared towards children ranging from nursery age to high school. The many tours and workshops on offer are a source of learning and fun and get the young participants to interact with the art in a lively way. A treasure hunt and a kids’ audio guide are available, for free, all year round and guide children through the temporary exhibitions and the Wunderkammer. In 2011 we launched our partnership programme with a local partner school, Gustav-Falke Schule, and have worked closely with various classes since then.
In addition, young curators completing their Master’s degree in ‘Curating the Contemporary’ at London Metropolitan University are invited to curate a show using works from the Olbricht Collection as part of their final module. The programme first got off the ground in 2012 and is run in cooperation with the Whitechapel Gallery, London (under the direction of Nico de Oliveira). The students not only present their curated show at me Collectors Room but also create and edit a publication relating to it.