Kunst Kultur Soziales. Hamburg

The Winter Foundation fulfils its tasks in the fields of art, culture and social involvement in many different ways.

The basis for this is the development of a theme-related collection of contemporary art beyond the

mainstream – albeit with strong connections to eminent artists of the time.

The foundation makes artworks from this collection available to cultural institutions, companies and social organisations.

At the same time, the foundation initiates and supports public projects.

Our vision:

We believe that the free arts can enable people to transcend their spiritual and intellectual limitations.

We would like to make a contribution to the creation of open and democratic societies.

We firmly believe that art should return to where it belongs: into the midst of life.


Using Dr. Norbert Winter’s private art collection as the basis, we are building up a collection of predominantly contemporary art.

The focus is on avant-garde tendencies, such as those that found expression in the 1960s to 1980s in the Rhineland centred on Joseph Beuys and Sigmar

Polke, or further afield in New York surrounding Andy Warhol.

We are equally interested in internationally recognised German artists, such as Heinz Zolper, Michael Jansen, Helmut Tollmann as well as the contemporary art of foreign cultures. We attach particular importance to

photo art (including H.G. Mebusch, Vera Isler; art photography, punk photography, art scene documentation). The key features of the concept

underlying our collection are media equality and the thematic aspect of clarifying contemporary history by means of artworks.


The Winter foundation makes exhibition programmes available not only in collaboration with cultural institutions, but also for companies and social

organisations. All requests and enquiries will be dealt with in an unbureaucratic manner.


The 2009 - 2010 “Gulf Projects” series of projects, an Artforum Culture Foundation programme in cooperation with the Goethe Institute for promoting dialogue with Islamic culture, was furthered by loans. At the

moment, the Winter Foundation is organising the "Monument to Life" public project.

As a matter of principle, the Winter Foundation is always open for project cooperations.

Promoting artists

In individual cases, the Winter Foundation supports the work of talented artists both financially and creatively. There is no limit on age.

The support expressly includes art and cultural work with children as well as an exchange with international artists. The freely-made selection is based on information and advice obtained from experts, curators, gallery owners, collectors and universities.

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