Feasability study for the Ganslberg-Areal

Landshut I Fritz-und-Maria-Koenig Stiftung I Image: Living Area Fritz Koenig/2022 Fritz Koenig

Fritz Koenig is one of the most important sculptors of the post-war period in Germany. After his death in 2017, the Fritz-and-Maria-Koenig-Foundation was faced with the question of the potential of his artistic estate and how his former living and working place - the area at the Ganslberg near Landshut - could be further used and made accessible to the public. To answer this question, the Fritz-and-Maria-Koenig-Foundation commissioned actori to carry out a feasibility study for the KOENIGmuseum sculpture museum at the Hofberg and on the Ganslberg site. The aim of the study was to examine the feasibility of a museum concept that Fritz Koenig sees at the center.

In a 6-month process, frameworks, and objectives for the development of scenarios were recorded, supplemented, and checked for feasibility. Parallel to this, actori carried out an art-historical analysis of Koenig's work and collection, i.e., the foundation's estate; in this way, it was possible to make a reliable statement about the radiance of the estate. Particularly noteworthy here is "the sphere" the monumental iron sculpture Koenig created for the fountain plaza of the former World Trade Center in New York City, which survived the terrorist attack 9.11. almost undamaged; today this sculpture elaborated on the Ganslberg stands exemplary for an entire culture of remembrance.

The overarching mediation approach of the elaborated scenario is the Ganslberg as an overall artistic concept that shows the life, inspiration, and creative world of the person Fritz Koenig. Visitors to the area should experience Fritz Koenig in various facets and get to know his personality, his life and work at the Ganslberg as well as his source of inspiration, such as the collection of African art or his love of horses. This utilization concept takes up an idea sketch of the filmmaker and director Percy Adlons. Based on the content concept, spatial needs and requirements were then translated into a feasible space and function planning.

Within 60 benchmarks/best practices and around 35 interviews with experts, such as representatives of the Bavarian State Office for the Preservation of Historical Monuments, the Bavarian State Agency for Non-governmental Museums or museum directors and art experts, the feasibility could be confirmed under certain conditions, such as an increased subsidy requirement. The Fritz-and-Maria-Koenig-Foundation is now faced with the challenge of finding a suitable sponsor and operator for the area with whom the concept can be implemented.

Sources: Fritz Koenigs Künstlerhaus bei Landshut: Machbarkeitsstudie liegt vor (PNP), Es gilt einen Schatz zu heben (SZ).

The project was carried out by Marietta Schoenberg, Project Management, Jessica Kirchner-Wagner, Consulting and Nina Hoff, Communication and Prof. Maurice Lausberg, Founder and Managing Partner.

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