Artists and patrons of the arts founded the Schleswig-Holstein Art Association in 1843. It laid the foundation stone for the collection of the Kunsthalle zu Kiel and has over 1,300 members today. From the very beginning, the goal of the association was to offer all those interested in art the opportunity to view it together and exchange ideas. Since its founding, it has been closely associated with Kiel University, and even in the 19th century, numerous professors were members.
Shortly after the association was founded, there were plans for the construction of an art gallery. Members initially built the first gallery on Dänische Straße in Kiel at their own expense; in 1857, the Kunstverein celebrated its inauguration. The Kunsthalle building today overlooking the Firth of Kiel was possible due to the legacy of Lotte Hegewisch, who was also a member of the Schleswig-Holstein Art Association.
Today, the association supports exhibition projects at the Kunsthalle, offers educational programmes and discussion evenings, and presents its own exhibitions at intermittent intervals. Gatherings for members foster an exchange about art, involve trips and excursions and provide insights into current regional art events and those abroad.
Board of Directors
Prof. Dr. Klaus Rave
Executive Chairperson / Director Kunsthalle zu Kiel
Dr. Anette Hüsch
Dr. Peter Theede
Advisory Board / elected members
Dr. Bernd Brandes-Druba
Prof. Dr. Anja Pistor-Hatam
Dr Telse Wolf-Timm
Dr. Arne Zerbst
Advisory Board / permanent members
For the Minister of Culture of the State of Schleswig-Holstein:
Susanne Bieler-Seelhoff, Head of the Cultural Department in the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Schleswig-Holstein
The Representative of the Christian-Albrechts-Universität:
Chancellor Claudia Ricarda Meyer
For the Lord Mayor of the State Capital Kiel:
Mayor Renate Treutel, City Councillor for Education, Youth, Culture and Creative City