The work of the artists' association
Tobias Gall, Chairman of the Künstlersonderbund (2008 - 2020)
The Künstlersonderbund in Germany is an artist association, founded
in 1990, whose purpose it is, in particular, to promote and support
artists, in the field of painting and sculpture in their work
realistic tendencies of high quality sustainable and more generally
the realism of the present or the objectivity to give as part of an
innovative artistic modernity to the public a greater awareness and
effectiveness. The Association is organized as a non-profit
organization, which is recognized through the promotion of art and
culture by the tax authorities as a tax-privileged and entitled to
issue donation receipts.
As an artist association consisting of about 100 artistic members
who are supported by an approximately equal number of sustaining
members, the only honorary board of KSB sees its activities mainly
supported by three pillars:
Focus is the effort, the realism of the present as well as the
artistic work of its members to gain a greater effect in the public
perception in that the Künstlersonderbund performs exhibitions of
the works of its members. Since its 20th anniversary the KSB occurs
even as an organizer and shows major exhibitions of contemporary
realism. Since January 2004 the KSB runs at his office a gallery
space, where the works of its all year changing members can be seen.
He teaches its members and the general public also on the realism of
the present with its publication "Gallery", which appears regularly
As an artists association the Künstlersonderbund sees it as his
other main task to encourage and convey a diverse intellectual and
artistic but also social interaction and discourse of his artistic
Especially for its associate members the KSB tried to give regularly
effective insight into the artistic work of realism of the present,
in which he performs studio and exhibition visits and discussions
with artists of KSB. Supporting members will also receive an annual
limited pressure from the hand of a member of a specially created
Finally, through this website, the Künstlersonderbund in Deutschland
1990 e.V. tries to provide greater attention to his concerns and the
art of its members.
On the future objectives of the Kuenstlersonderbund
Christoph Wetzel, Chairman of the executive committee (2007 - 2008)
The 'Kuenstlersonderbund in Deutschland e.V.' is a national
association of more than one hundred artists whose work is
traditionally objective-figurative realism. Founded in 1990, it was
originally conceived as a secession from the 'Deutscher
Kuenstlerbund' but today assumes a unique position.
As early as 1903 the 'Berliner Secessionists' under the leadership
of Max Liebermann and Lovis Corinth sought to differentiate
themselves artistically from the academic tradition as well as
support younger artists who would later became the Expressionists.
In an age flooded by images from the media, realism is neither a
rigid principle for the artists of the Kuenstlersonderbund, nor a
limiting theory but rather high regard for life itself, reality that
can be personally experienced. High standards of artistic and
technical expertise within a 'readable' pictorial language are the
common denominators which unify the diversity of styles among these
artists. It is this fundamental precept which makes this association
unique to Germany.
The logo and motto 'Est Modus in Rebus' of the Kuenstlersonderbund
refer to the maxim that 'there is a proper measure in things',
certain limitations as opposed to the limitlessness and anonymity
evi-denced in the art scene today.
The Kuenstlersonderbund is a non-profit organization that also has
about 120 members who regularly sponsor the activities of the
association. At the end of each year sponsors are presented with a
limited-edition, signed engraving by an artist in recognition of
The dialogue on contemporary realism will continue to be advanced in
annual exhibitions, talks with artists in their studios and in the
information-pamphlet 'Galerie' published semi-annually. In 1993 and
1996 the Kuenstlersonderbund held two major showings in the
Martin-Gropius-Bau as well as 2006 in the 'Museum for Communication'
in Berlin. In the future, however, annual showings of the
Kuenstler-sonderbund will not only be held in Berlin, as they have
been previously, but nation-wide as well.
Brief history of the Kuenstlersonderbund
Fritz-Peter Hoppe, Chairman of the executive committee (1999 - 2007)
The founding of the 'Kuenstlersonderbund in Deutschland' (Special
Artist Guild in Germany) in April 1990 was essentially a secession
from the 'Deutscher Kuenstlerbund'. Many members of the guild whose
work was objective-figurative rather than non-objective felt that
they were not being adequately and suitably represented.
As a result, Manfred Bluth, then professor of fine arts in Kassel,
took the initiative and together with other artists whose work
demonstrated the same high quality, continuity and originality –
Giesela Breitling, Tremezza von Brentano, Johannes Gruetzke and
Ludmilla Seefried-Matêjková – founded the Berlin-based 'Kuenstlersonderbund'.
Its main objective was to institute an independent and creative
forum as a means to better inform the media and increase public
awareness of realism as a legitimate constituent of modern art.
In 1993 and 1996 the guild held two major exhibitions in the
Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. Starting in 2001 annual showings were
held in the Kommunale Galerie in Berlin-Wilmersdorf. Efforts to
further public awareness were supplemented in 2002 by a pamphlet
called 'Galerie' which is published semi-annually and serves as a
forum for commenting on issues related to realistic art.