August Sander

Cologne Foundation Rejects Hauser & Wirth’s Claim to Represent August Sander Estate

SK Stiftung Kultur, a Cologne-based cultural foundation, has declared that it represents the estate of twentieth-century photographer August Sander despite Hauser & Wirth’s announcement earlier this week that it will represent the artist’s estate in collaboration with his great-grandson, Julian Sander.

In a statement, the foundation said that it reviewed Hauser & Wirth’s announcement with “incomprehension” and that the August Sander estate is in Cologne and will remain there. SK Stiftung Kultur claims it bought the estate––comprising 10,700 negatives, 3,500 prints, the artist’s correspondence, library, furniture, and photographic equipment from gallerist Gerd Sander, the photographer’s grandson and father of Julian Sander––in 1992.

“Since then the institution has been taking care of the estate, increasing the number of vintages etc. through acquisitions” and aims “to carry out scholarly research into the complete works of the artist, present them to the public in exhibitions and publications, and preserve them for posterity,” the foundation said. It added, “SK Stiftung Kultur also purchased the unrestricted rights of use in regard to location, content, and time, therefore they are in the possession of SK Stiftung Kultur—the representative of the estate of August Sander.”