Germany_Switzerland (2006-2021)

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25 October 2021

Bettina Böhm, after six years of successful collaboration, is returning directorship of Outset Germany_Switzerland to its London headquarters. She hopes in future to devote herself to her own projects and is planning a new direction for her philanthropic work.

From left: Yilmaz Dziewior (Director of the Museum Ludwig), Avery Singer, Bettina Böhm, Moritz Wesseler (then Director of the Kölnischer Kunstverein, since 2018 Director of the Fridericianum)
Photo credit: Sebastian Drüen

After six years of successful collaboration from 2016 to 2021, on 1 October of this year, Bettina Böhm returned directorship of Outset Germany_Switzerland to Outset’s London headquarters. During that time, Ms. Böhm expanded the radius of support of Outset Germany to Switzerland. Renowned projects, exhibitions, and productions with international impact in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, England, Italy and France were supported with private funding. In addition, important works were transferred to public institutions as donations. In future, Ms. Böhm will devote herself to her own consulting company, BB Cultural Consultancy, and is planning a new direction for her philanthropic work.

During those six years, a total of 2.3 million euro were raised to promote art and support important exhibitions and productions. A selection of the projects supported:


Avery Singer, Untitled, Museum Ludwig, Cologne


Candice Breitz, Love Story, Nationalgalerie Berlin
Anne Imhof, Faust, German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale


Elmgreen & Dragset, Darkroom, permanent installation
Museum Haus Lange/Haus Esters, Krefeld


Bunny Rogers, Pectus Excavatum, MMK Frankfurt;
Anne Imhof, SEX, Tate Modern, London, UK


Nevin Alada, Resonator Wind, Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg


Mai-Thu Perret, Untitled (after no. 067), Emma Kunz Kosmos, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Switzerland

Otobong Nkanga, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria

Andrea Büttner, Jamie Crewe, Beatrice Gibson, Lin + Lam, KW Production Series, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach

Using the “donation-in-kind” model for support, which is tied to the funding for the exhibition in question, Outset Germany_Switzerland was able to transfer a total of twelve works as gifts to various official institutions, including:

Untitled (2017) by Anne Imhof
Gift to the Nationalgalerie Berlin as part of the support for the Venice Biennale in 2017

Totem and Tabu (2018) by Lena Henke
In connection with Lena Henke’s exhibition An Idea of Late German Sculpture: To the People of New York in 2018 at the Kunsthalle Zürich, the work Totem and Tabu, 2018, was donated with the MAMCO, Geneva, to the Kunsthalle Zürich

Pavillon for International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation (2016) by Goshka Macuga
In connection with the exhibition Stairway to nowhere in 2019 by Goshka Macuga at the Kestnergesellschaft Hannover, the work Pavillon for International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation, 2016, was donated to the Kunsthalle Bielefeld

Faust (Eliza) (2017) by Anne Imhof
Gift to the MMK Frankfurt as part of the Tate Live Exhibition Sex by Anne Imhof.

Bettina Böhm (Managing Director, Outset Germany_Switzerland) looks back on the past six years with joy and respect: “Together with patrons, sponsors, and artists, we have achieved much more in the past six years than I dared hope in the beginning. We were able to support truly unique contemporary art projects, sometimes jumping in at very short notice, thus providing help in a very pragmatic way. The performance SEX by Anne Imhof is a good example. I am proud that we were able to contribute to supporting artistic work with such an international appeal. After all, we give curators the opportunity to develop new projects with the artists of their choice. We donate what they wish, not what we own. This kind of philanthropy is my passion.”

Candida Gertler OBE (Co-Founding Director Outset UK) would like to continue running the German chapter and emphasizes: “I am very grateful to Bettina Böhm for her fantastic commitment and the incredible energy she dedicated to expanding Outset over the years. The art projects that were added to Outset’s portfolio under Bettina’s leadership have greatly enriched us all and made so much possible for so many artists, public museums, and galleries. We are pleased we will continue to work together in new constellations.”

Bettina Böhm will continue to handle temporarily the business of Outset Germany_Switerland in 2021. In future she will devote herself more to her own company, BB Cultural Consultancy. In addition, she is planning a new direction for her philanthropic work.

28 January 2021


It is with great pleasure that we announce the projects chosen by the Board of Trustees in two ballots (anonymous + open) on Thursday 28 January 2021:

Aargauer Kunsthaus, Switzerland

Production support: Mai-Thu Perret – „ohne Titel“, 2021

2 March – 24 May 2021

Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig

Exhibition support: Sung Tieu (title to be confirmed)

11 June – 3 October 2021*

Museum Folkwang, Essen

Exhibition support: Tobias Zielony – „The Fall“

25 June – 26 September 2021

Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn

Exhibition support: David Medalla – „Parables of Friendship”

28 August 2021 – 30 January 2022

Portikus Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main

Exhibition support: William Pope.L

September – November 2021*

Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria

Exhibition support: Otobong Nkanga

23 October 2021 – 9 January 2022

*Please note: Dates subject to change due to Covid-19

The selection reflects the widest possible range in terms of gender-specific, ethical and political relevance.

At the same time, it was important for the jurors to select young, and in some cases still undiscovered, positions and to include projects from the entire DACH region.

The result once again confirms the expertise of the members of our board of trustees, whom we would like to express our utmost thanks by name here:

  • Daniel Baumann, Director, Kunsthalle Zürich
  • Friederike von Brühl, OGS Honorary Patron, Berlin
  • Giovanni Carmine, Direktor, Kunsthalle Sankt Gallen & Curator Art Basel Unlimited
  • Jan Fischer, OGS Trustee + Patron, Munich
  • Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Curator, Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
  • Marcela von Kayser, OGS Patron, Potsdam
  • Mario von Kelterborn, OGS Patron, Frankfurt
  • Samuel Leuenberger, Director, SALTS, Basel & Kurator, Art Basel Parcours
  • Cynthia Phillips, OGS Patron, London
  • Regine Thiess, OGS Patron, Munich
  • Alice Trier, OGS Honorary Patron, Cologne, representing Cheyenne Westphal
  • Moritz Wesseler, Director, Fridericianum, Kassel

Click here for a detailed list of the 2021 projects.

19 October 2020


Outset Germany_Switzerland invites institutions to apply for project grants:

Application Deadline:             30 November 2020 
Jury meeting:                          February 2021
Announcement:                       March 2021

Criteria or the submission of grant applications

  • The applying institution must have the status of a non-profit organization
  • The applicant must fully accept the requirements of the Outset Germany_Switzerland Donation Agreement
  • The projects must be accessible to the public
  • Based on our idea of sustainability, exhibition projects are supported exclusively in connection with a donation-in-kind
  • The project cannot be self-sustaining or rather cannot be realized without external funding
  • The project must be in the future

Application documents to be submitted (PDF with visualizations max. 5 MB)

  1. A Cover letter explaining why this project is relevant to the institution
  2. A detailed Project description with images
  3. Biographies of the artists and curators
  4. A detailed financing plan – with details of approved and applied for third-party funds as well as own contributions, only if relevant (travel expenses within the projects are not covered by Outset Germany_Switzerland)
  5. Documents can be submitted to Elena Schlöndorff (Director, Programme & Marketing) until 30 November 2020:

We are looking forward to your projects!

31 January 2020

For the first time in 2020 an independent board of trustees determined the Outset Germany_Switzerland upcoming funding projects. We are delighted to have found a wonderful circle of jurors and say thank you to everyone involved for their time and brilliant minds.

In a successful meeting the jurors came to a decision for the following five projects, which will be supported in 2020:

1. Steffani Jemison + Justin Hicks, Mikrokosmos (One Giant Step in Dresden) and Mikrokosmos (One Giant Step in Marseille), Albertinum, Dresden

2. On the occasion of “Sculpture 21st”, Nevin Aladag, Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg

3. Patricia L. Boyd, Kunstverein München

4. Dineo Seshee Bopape, Secession, Wien

5. Dora Budor, Kunsthaus Bregenz.

Click here for a detailed list of the 2020 projects.

15 January 2020

We are thrilled to announce the Outset Germany_Switzerland Benefit Auction: Club Dracula, St. Moritz, 23 January 2020 under the patronage of Rolf Sachs.

Outset is a unique organization, which enables artists to fulfill their visions, which allows many works, installations or performances to be literally born, which might otherwise never have come to exist. Hence Outset is clearly enriching our cultural world! Outset is distinct with their discreet, professional, engaging approach, to an otherwise often overhyped world.
My encounter with Bettina Böhm was pure joy and one could immediately feel the soul, passion and dedication she brings to Outset Germany_Switzerland. It s a great joy to welcome Outset to the spirited vaults of the Dracula Club!”

Quote by Rolf Sachs

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16 December 2019

For the first time in 2020, an independent board of trustees will determine the Outset Germany_Switzerland funding projects: International institutions were invited until 30 November 2019 to submit funding applications for collection purchases, production support or artist residency projects. In January 2020, the selection committee composed of curators and Outset Germany_Switzerland Patrons will meet and decide which projects Outset Germany_Switzerland 2020 will promote.

We are very glad that we were able to win the following members for the first board meeting of Outset Germany_Switzerland

Daniel Baumann, Director, Kunsthalle Zürich
Giovanni Carmine, Director, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Curator Art Basel Unlimited
Anna-Catharina Gebbers, curator, Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
Samuel Leuenberger, Director SALTS, Basel, & Curator Art Basel Parcours
Moritz Wesseler, Director, Fridericianum, Kassel

Moritz von Crailsheim
Jan Fischer
Sarah Haugeneder
Marcela von Kayser
Cynthia Phillips
Regine Thiess
Alice Trier

With this innovation, we would like to enable Outset Germany_Switzerland Patrons to actively participate in the selected projects as well as to exchange ideas with well-known curators. Therefore, curators are appointed for two years, while Patrons are one-year members of the board of trustees. This allows the greatest possible participation.

Watch this space for the announcement of the winners in February 2020!

Outset Germany_Switzerland

Outset has been helping artists to realise their visions since 2003: we give strategic advice, we broker new relationships, we build communities of interest, we expand public audiences, we create circles of trust.

Outset Germany was founded in 2006 and extended its activities to Switzerland in 2017. Under expert guidance, Outset’s directors, patrons and partners provide funds to respond to what artists and curators really need.

Our ethos is best expressed through our name: be there at the outset. That’s why we can offer our supporters – both individuals and corporates – experiences, insights and opportunities they won’t find anywhere else.

Outset Germany_Switzerland’s corporate sponsors are Phillips Auction House, London, WestendArtBank, Frankfurt and Talbot Runhof, Munich.

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