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Kunstfonds (Art Fund)

The collection of the Kunstfonds (Art Fund) of the Free State of Saxony of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden is one of the most important collections of post-1945 Saxon art. It holds more than 25,000 works of all fine-art genres, including painting, sculpture, graphic art, photography, arts and crafts, concept, video and installation art, as well as public art.

The core holdings of the collection were assembled through public commissions and purchases during GDR times, these being expanded after 1990 by the incorporation of works held by the Treuhand privatisation agency. Since 1992 the collection has also been systematically expanded by the annual purchases made by the Saxon government of contemporary works of all genres that are somehow related to Saxony. Thus, the holdings of the Kunstfonds reflect in an exemplary way the art promotion practices employed in two different social systems. The two main focal points of the collection, GDR art and contemporary art, trace the regional development of art through the second half of the 20th century and down to the present day.

The incorporation of the Kunstfonds into the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden in 2004 complements the holdings of the Kupferstich-Kabinett and the Galerie Neue Meister, in particular. Especially important are the outstanding works of contemporary art by the internationally successful representatives of the Dresden and the Leipzig School. The Kunstfonds collection is presented in independent exhibitions as well as in the form of loans to selected public institutions of the Free State of Saxony and the Federal Republic of Germany. The Kunstfonds also provides objects on loan to numerous museums and exhibitions throughout Germany and also abroad.