Gesellschaft zeitgenössischer kunst
Who we are
EUROPAS ZUKUNFT Gesellschaft zeitgenössischer Kunst (FUTURE OF EUROPE Society of Contemporary Art) was founded in Leipzig in 2014. Its purpose is to promote contemporary art.
The society guarantees and supports the awarding of the art prize “Future of Europe”. This prize has been awarded on an annual basis since 2003, in close collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig. It also initiates projects that address current social questions from the perspective of contemporary art, furthering a dialogue between people engaged in culture and the arts from various European countries. Following on from the art prize, the emphasis is on projects in the European region that are carried out in partnerships with art institutions. The activities of the society are also directed at initiatives linking Europe with non-European areas.
Honorary president: Dr. Barbara Steiner
Dr. Barbara Steiner is an art historian and director of Kunsthaus Graz (Austria).
From 2001 to 2011, Dr. Steiner was the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig Foundation (GfZK). As well as several artist monographs, she has published a series of theme-related books on the institution of the museum, spatial concepts, the relationship between architecture, design and art / art and economy. In 2012 and 2013, Dr. Steiner was the artistic director of the project Europe (to the power of) n, a series of exhibitions staged by the Goethe Institute in London, Minsk, Łódź, Istanbul, Oslo, Novi Sad, Brussels, San Sebastián, Beijing and Taipei.
Managing director: Ilina Koralova
Ilina Koralova is an art historian and works as a freelance curator and project manager. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia.
On behalf of ifa (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations), she worked as a project manager for the German Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia 2015. In 2012 and 2013 she held the position of project coordinator and programme curator for the transnational project Europe (to the power of) n, a series of exhibitions organised by the Goethe Institute. Koralova has worked as a lecturer at the Institute of Cultural Studies at the University of Leipzig since 2007. She was a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig between 2002 and 2009.
Shareholder: Matthias Brühl
In 1990, Matthias Brühl started up the IT company alpha 2000 GmbH. Following on from this, he founded DeskCenter Solutions AG in 2007. Since 2009 he has been the managing director of the company GlobRob GmbH. He is committed to several cultural institutions in Leipzig in an honorary capacity, including Europahaus Leipzig e.V. Together with Dietmar Schulz, he has donated the art prize “Future of Europe” since 2003.