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

Promote and experience together

If photography and the visual arts are close to your heart, if you would like to take part in exclusive events, previews and receptions, if you would like to meet artists, visit studios, if you appreciate excursions to cultural locations or if you like to exchange ideas in a relaxed atmosphere, then we would like to welcome you to the Society for the Promotion of Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur e.V.

In addition to the events mentioned above, members of the Society of Patrons have free admission to the exhibitions and when attending sponsored events, the opportunity to book individual guided tours for guests or family with the curators, and special conditions when purchasing editions.

Dr. Anja Bartenbach, Chairperson
Prof. Dr. Kurt Bartenbach, Secretary
Barbara Dambowy, Treasurer
Arndt Hallmann, Member
Helmut Doll, Member
Marion Scharmann, Member
Gabriele Conrath-Scholl, Director of Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur



The following memberships are available in the Society of Patrons:

Young Friend*:min.     30,00 €
Friend:min.   100,00 €
Patron:min.   250,00 €
Double membership:min.   400,00 €
Curator:min.   500,00 €
Double membership curator:min.   800,00 €
Corporate membership:min.1.250,00 €

*during training and study time

The annual contribution as well as other donations are tax deductible, donation receipts will be issued.

Please feel free to contact us.

Society of Patrons of Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne e. V.
c/o Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur
Im Mediapark 7
50670 Cologne
Phone: +49 221 88895 300


The Society of Patrons of Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne e. V. and its members have supported the institution with a variety of different activities in recent years.



Purchase of the 40-part work “40 Sardines”, 2015, by the artist Gerhard Winkler.

Ausstellungsinstallation Gerhard Winkler - Specimen. Photographien und Skulpturen (3.9.2021–16.1.2022) in der Photographischen Sammlung, Foto: Janet Sinica © Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur

Production of a card box with 5 folding cards and envelopes, with different motifs by Gerhard Winkler, € 14.00



Edition object – fabric bag with optional two motifs by Roselyne Titaud.
Edition of 50 each, numbered and signed, made of sustainably produced cotton
€ 14.00 for members of the sponsoring society, € 21.00 regular price.


Edition object – cutting board with a motif by Boris Becker.
Edition of 100, numbered and signed, approx. 29 x 21 cm
€ 39.00 for members of the sponsoring society, € 59.00 regular price

Promotion of the exhibition by Roselyne Titaud: "Géographies des limites humaines" and "The Lobster Quadrille" and the accompanying publication.

Further information



Concerto for August Sander
CD with pieces 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 performed as part of the exhibition "August Sander - Masterpieces and Discoveries", at the Mediapark 7, Cologne

Performance and production were generously supported by Ulla Bartenbach and Prof. Dr. Kurt Bartenbach as well as the Society of Patrons.

CD Aufnahme "Konzert für August Sander"


Purchase of the 10-part work "Ode to August Sander," 1981, by the Dutch artist Hans Eijkelboom for the collection.

Ausstellungsinstallation Hans Eijkelboom – Ode an August Sander 2016/2017 in der Ausstellung Hans Eijkelboom - Photographische Konzepte, 1970 bis heute © Benjamin Hoetter


Under the motto "Seitenblicke" (side views), the possibility of presenting young artists and young positions in photography for exhibition projects is forming. These projects take place with the personal and financial support of the Society of Patrons.

Nico Joana Weber: Selva Negra

The artist Nico Joana Weber was selected as the first artistic position for the project "Seitenblicke". With her cabinet exhibition "Selva Negra" she has created a multimedia installation that has combined photography, video and sculptural aspects.

Installationsansicht Nico Joana Weber - Silva Negra © Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur

“The typological view – Exhibition for Hilla Becher”
Special sponsorship by individual members of the Society of Patrons to organize an exhibition in memory of Hilla and Bernd Becher. Included were works by over 45 former students of the artist couple.


Blick in die Ausstellung "Der typologische Blick – eine Ausstellung für Hilla Becher" © Niklas Rausch


Photography in School – Collecting/Comparing/Documenting / Project Bernd and Hilla Becher

Special project funding of the cooperation of the archiepiscopal Suitbertus-Gymnasium in Düsseldorf Kaiserswerth and Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, with publication.

Publikation zum Projekt "Photographie in der Schule"

The green area behind the SK Stiftung Kultur building and the entire Mediapark is renamed "August-Sander-Park" thanks to the significant support of the Society of Patrons.


Eröffnung des August Sander Parks © Niklas Rausch