Max Uhlig. Photo: dpa.

Artist Max Uhlig Donates His Life’s Work to Saxony’s Cultural Foundation

The German painter, illustrator, and graphic artist Max Uhlig has donated his entire oeuvre—comprising 15,214 objects that span from the late 1950s to the present—to the Cultural Foundation of the German state of Saxony, Monopol reports. The eighty-year-old artist also gifted the foundation his house and studio—a renovated factory building on the banks of Dresden’s Elbe River. His residence will be named the Max Uhlig House and will host international artist residencies.

Saxony’s minister for science and art, Eva-Maria Stange, thanked Uhlig and his wife, Angela Simon, for their “generous gesture” and pledged to make his work accessible to the public, calling it an “outstanding example” of the proactive preservation of an archive. Uhlig said, “It is important to me that the work and its future continues in this place. It also gives me peace of mind.”

Originally a graphic artist, Uhlig studied under Hans Theo Richter and Max Schwimmer in Dresden and has worked solely as an artist since 1964. Uhlig’s donation includes artworks, his personal library, documents, memorabilia, and other materials.