Their collections’ activities focus on presenting the diversity of contemporary artistic expression in the mediums of glass and photography. A second emphasis is on the advancement of research in the fields of glass, ceramics, rocks and soils within the engineering sciences.
Dr.Eva-Maria Fahrner-Tutsek said in an interview, “One of the reasons why we created the foundation was that we realised that glass in art was little-known in Europe and that the few artists in this field almost had no possibility to show their works. With the creation of the foundation we aimed to represent a small field in art, a niche that was unnoticed and not yet supported by the state. In 2008, after having worked with studio glass for eight years we found ourselves ready to expand the foundation’s work to a second field in art and we added photography. Photography as well as glass art is kind of a border area in art which we wish to support”.
Alexander Josef Tutsek was born in Romania in 1927 and escaped to Vienna in 1951 where he worked as a journalist and started a press agency. He went to work for a refractory products manufacturer in Göttingen, Germany, and later took over and expanded the firm. With this business success, Tutsek became an active supporter of the arts. In 2001, after his death, his wife, the chair of the Foundation, continues to develop the ideas and vision she shared with her late husband.
In 2016, the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung started a comprehensive funding programme to assist in improving the training of art students in the area of sculpture, particularly focusing on glass. The respective departments at art academies and glass schools receive substantial financial support from the Foundation. Individual artists who work with glass or in the area of photography have received funding for specialist advanced training.
In the same year the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung started a long-term sponsorship with the Haus der Kunst Museum in Munich providing substantial and comprehensive support, enabling it to further engage and expand its innovative approach, especially in the area of photographic exhibitions.
The Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung also funds interdisciplinary research projects which combine technology, economics, and the humanities. A special area of support lies in pure and applied research in the areas of glass, ceramic, stone, and earths in the engineering sciences. In order that they do not become marginalised at the technological universities and to make these branches of the engineering sciences more attractive to students, the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung financially supports innovative and unusual research at universities and individual research projects.
The Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung collection focuses on contemporary sculpture and photography with much of its sculpture collection being made from glass. The museum regularly presents exhibitions on innovative themes.