Carolin Scharpff-Striebich is a new Member of the Board of Trustees of the Peter and Irene Ludwig Foundation

The Peter and Irene Ludwig Foundation welcomes Carolin Scharpff-Striebich as a new member of the Board of Trustees. At its meeting on 1st September 2023, the Board of Trustees of the Peter and Irene Ludwig Foundation unanimously accepted the collector and author Carolin Scharpff-Striebich into its circle. With this new appointment to the Board of Trustees, the Peter and Irene Ludwig Foundation secures the support of an influential personality with far-sighted commitment. As an internationally active collector, Carolin Scharpff-Striebich has extensive experience in the work of committees and charitable institutions. Through her manifold commitment, Scharpff-Striebich is an asset to the Board of Trustees of the Ludwig Foundation.

I am very pleased with the prudent and excellent choice of the Board of Trustees. Following the retirement of Regina Wyrwoll and Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, who had a lasting impact on the work of the Foundation, the Board of Trustees has succeeded in appointing a worthy successor to their body. With Ms Scharpff-Striebich, the Board of Trustees has gained an extremely competent, well-connected and likeable personality who will enrich the Foundation with new impulses,” says Managing Director Dr Carla Cugini on the election of the new member of the Board of Trustees.

Carolin Scharpff-Striebich is also looking forward to her new tasks with motivation: I am very pleased to have been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Peter and Irene Ludwig Foundation. As a collector, I can understand the lifetime achievement behind such a magnificent collection. It is an important cultural legacy that the collector couple has left behind. To be able to participate in the board of trustees of this future-oriented foundation is a great task and a great challenge.”

Personal Details:

Carolin Scharpff-Striebich was born in Darmstadt in 1963. She studied business administration in Germany, France and the USA and graduated in 1988. From 1989 she worked in marketing at Imperial Chemical Industries. In 1993, she moved to the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg in Karlsruhe as a lecturer in marketing. 

In 2004, she took over the management of the contemporary art collection of her parents Rudolf and Ute Scharpff. Around the same time, she began collecting herself. The Scharpff-Striebich collection includes contemporary painting and sculptural-installative works with a critical contemporary reference. With a younger generation of artists, Carolin Scharpff-Striebich sets her own priorities, internationalises and diversifies them.

The most recent project was the exhibition Angespannte Zustände” at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, in which her collection entered into dialogue with the Staatsgalerie’s collection of contemporary art in 2021. A catalogue was published to accompany the exhibition. As early as 2008, the innovative idea of an open depot” was born, in which the works of the collections are brought together and made available to selected public museums in Germany. New ways of collecting, also across generations, and cooperation between the various players in the art business, such as museums and fairs, foundations and institutions are her themes; responsible action, also in the spirit of sustainability, guide her activities.

Scharpff-Striebich is chairwoman of the Rudolf and Uta Scharpff Foundation for Contemporary Art and chairwoman of the Friends of the Kunstmuseum Bonn. She is on the board of trustees of the Kunsthalle Tübingen and on the acquisitions committee of the Tate Modern in London. She also serves as a board member of the Kunstsammlerverein in Berlin and is a member of the board of trustees of the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. Carolin Scharpff-Striebich has published the books Let’s Talk Abstract” and André Butzer. By Sammlung Scharpff” and regularly gives lectures on collecting art. She lives in Bonn and Berlin.

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