New Patrons


Gesellschaft der Neuen Auftraggeber

In Germany, the Gesellschaft der Neuen Auftraggeber offers support to citizens who launch project initiatives. A nonprofit organization based in Berlin, it cooperates with numerous partners and sponsors and is a key node in an international network. It lays the groundwork for the projects and provides the structures required for their realization from initial idea to finished work.

The team in Berlin assists partner institutions and mediators with their work in the region. It communicates with political decision-makers, the press, sponsors, and the public. It advocates greater civic involvement in the production of art and culture and publicizes and connects the activities of New Patrons throughout Europe.

Das Team der "Gesellschaft der Neuen Auftraggeber“

© Sebastian Spiewok

The Gesellschaft der Neuen Auftraggeber was established in 2017 as the successor organization to the art society Verein der Neuen Auftraggeber e.V., which was founded in Berlin in 2007. Its mission also includes organizing events and art outreach programs, producing publications, and holding workshops and panel discussions on subjects of scholarly interest and issues in cultural policy. The Gesellschaft der Neuen Auftraggeber is directed by Alexander Koch, a leading early proponent of the New Patrons idea in Germany and cofounder of the Neue Auftraggeber in 2007. Gerrit Gohlke, who has long been actively involved as a mediator, serves as regional director, overseeing project development in the regions. In the Berlin office, project manager Julia Jung leads a growing team of associates.

Advisory Board

New Patrons advisory board with Gerrit Gohlke and Alexander Koch

Top row, f.l.t.r.: François Hers, Brigitte Franzen, Iris Reuther, Jürgen Howaldt, Markus Müller; bottom row: Gerrit Gohlke, Alexander Koch

The Advisory Board accompanies the New Patrons in an advisory capacity and meets twice a year. It consists of experts from various fields who support the work of the New Patrons with their experience and perspectives.

Dr. Brigitte Franzen
is Managing Director of the Peter and Irene Ludwig Foundation in Aachen, which is associated with 26 museums and institutions in the field of fine arts worldwide.

François Hers
is an artist and, as the founder of the Nouveaux Commanditaires (New Patrons) movement, has accompanied numerous projects in France.

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Howaldt
works at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the TU Dortmund University and is Director of the Social Research Center Dortmund.

Markus Müller
is founder and director of the communication agency BUREAU MUELLER in Berlin and has curated numerous exhibitions and projects.

Prof. Dr. Iris Reuther
has been Senate Building Director of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen since 2013 and is head of the Department of Building and Urban Development.

Berlin office

Alexander Koch, Director
Uta Rüchel, Office Management
Henriette Sölter, PR/Strategic Communications
Sophia Trollmann, Coordinator Project Development
Sara Pfrommer, Administration
Annette Hulek, Controlling

Die Gesellschaft der Neuen Auftraggeber – GNA gGmbH
Lindenstr. 35, 10969 Berlin
T +49 (0)30 57792856
F +49 (0)30 57792858

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