Hessen’s museum landscape is quite a complicated one: The German Federal State emerged from three principalities and their three princely collections, amongst others, exist until today and are kept open to the public. What do they all have in common? Often enough they rely on funding from the Hessische Kulturstiftung to improve their collections.

The German Federal State of Hessen founded the Hessische Kulturstiftung in 1988 with the intention to promote and preserve the state’s art and culture.The Kulturstiftung relies on donations. Only when people engage – directly or financially – can the foundation keep running its programs. The foundation not only helps museums, libraries or archives to buy outstanding pieces of great importance, but also funds exhibitions and promotes young, aspiring artists through a scholarship program.