The Alexander and Renata Camaro Foundation exhibits and preserves the artistic legacy of the Camaro couple. In addition, the foundation promotes arts that are closely related to the work of Alexander Camaro: Painting and dance in particular, but also literature, music, film and circus are the art forms that relate to Alexander Camaro’s multifaceted oeuvre.
The Alexander and Renata Camaro Foundation primarily cultivates the work of Alexander Camaro and makes it accessible to the public. It promotes interdisciplinary thinking in the form of its own projects as well as the examination of selected contemporary artistic positions. The Camaro Foundation awards targeted scholarships for the development of the artistic oeuvre and, together with its cooperation partners, regularly announces Artist in Residence programmes.
The Camaro House is located in Potsdamer Straße in Berlin-Tiergarten. It can look back on an eventful history: in 1893 it was built on the initiative of the Verein der Künstlerinnen und Kunstfreundinnen zu Berlin (today: Verein der Berliner Künstlerinnen 1867 e.V.) for the association’s own drawing and painting school. The rooms on the ground and first floors were occupied by the Victoria Lyceum – an academic educational institution for women – while the second and third floors were available to the art school with a total of six large studio rooms and a skylight hall. In the following years, the drawing and painting school established itself as a fixed institution within the Berlin art scene. Paula Modersohn-Becker took her first professional drawing and painting lessons here from 1896 to 1898, and Käthe Kollwitz taught nude drawing, lithography and etching from 1898 to 1903. Since 2010, the building has borne the name “Camaro Haus” and is home to the Alexander and Renata Camaro Foundation on the third floor. The Camaro House, which was originally built for the artistic education of women, today once again fulfils the function of a cross-disciplinary cultural institution.
Photos: Erik Tschernow, 2012, courtesy of Camaro Foundation
ART@Berlin: Art in Berlin – Alexander and Renata Camaro Foundation