It’s about art.
We are pleased to welcome people being enthusiastic about art and culture, because we share the same passion.
There is nothing more inspiring than sharing passion. Passion is an honest and pure part of the self, and thus the most beautiful form of self-revelation. Passion connects people – in a very special way. The Lepsien Art Foundation is aiming at offering a platform to you to pursue this feeling.
Go on a discovery tour – on our website or even better, visit us personally at the Art House Düsseldorf. Live your passion with us.
Christian Lepsien about the organization and the Art House in Düsseldorf.
The Lepsien Art Foundation asbl is a non-profit organization (NPO) which originated in a private initiative, and devotes itself completely to art and culture and their patronage.
The organisation was founded in 2005 by Christian Lepsien. Since then, the activities have expanded continuously, both in Germany and internationally. An integral part of the activities of the organisation are the three grant programs: International Grant Program “Emerging Artists”, International Art Patronage Program and the Daman Art Exchange Program.
What the organization aims at:
- Support the best talents in the field of Fine Art in a sustainable way
- Build bridges between different cultures and nationalities for more acceptance and mutual respect
- Facilitate an open content driven discussion and exchange between diverse artistic personalities and disciplines
- Provide a platform for interested people to get in touch with artists and explore art through open studios and dedicated artist talks
Passion for art and social responsibility
The origin of the Lepsien Art Foundation intention derives from a great passion for art, artists and their personal CV`s.
To support art and culture has always been an important element in the family history of Christian Lepsien and has always been seen as a part of social responsibility.
For the family of the great-grandfather, Prof. Dr. Edmund Forster, a well-known psychiatrist and neurologist of the early 20th century, art had already played an important role in life already. In addition to his scholarly activities, Prof. Dr. Edmund Forster was a great friend and patron of art and culture. The well-known German artist Konrad Adolf Lattner (1896‒1979), for one, was among Forster’s closest friends, and Forster supported him privately as a patron in his artistic activities. Within the framework of Hitler’s assumption of power and the following years of the Nazi regime, the Forster family was systematically persecuted and lost their entire collection and fortune.
Despite this tragic experiences the love for art and culture remained, and the tradition was revived. In line with this tradition, the Lepsien Art Foundation was founded in 2005 driven by the strong belief that art has a much greater role in society than delivering entertainment and investment opportunities. Christian Lepsien’s decision to pursue the patronage of art and culture arose from the conclusion that art plays an active role in our society, both as mirror and guide. Art constantly interacts with the said framework conditions human beings are creating for it.
Therefore it is not enough to dedicate the responsibility to a small number of institutions and persons and conceive of oneself as a “passive active consumer”. It is up to each and every individual to contribute in line with his possibilities to the preservation and development of the artistic and cultural landscape. How wonderful when such contribution is accompanied by deep passion.
Thus, the motivation of Lepsien Art Foundation can be summarized as follows:
Passion arises in our hearts. Passion is an honest, unaffected energy with which we can shape the world and achieve a lot.
When people with the same passion come together immediately a natural connection is generated.
Overcome barriers and borders
Passion allows us to overcome barriers and borders because passion is working without any language and exists regardless of nationality, culture, age or gender.
In passion we can get fully wrapped up and plunge into a world onto itself. We find fulfilment, peace and power.
We value every person, regardless of nationality, gender, religion or any other differences. Ultimately we are all united by the desire of a fulfilling and peaceful life. The Lepsien Art Foundation wants to provide its contribution by bringing people together through art and culture.
Spelling of our content
We also face the challenge to make our content, whether in printed or electronic version, as comfortable to read as possible. That is why we have decided to use solely the masculine form in our texts. We hope that you, our readers, have understanding for it. We explicitly want to approach and reach out to all people regardless of their gender with our correspondence.