No Endowment After All: Surprise Decision by Heiner Bastian

Museumsinsel Berlin

Completely unexpectedly, the collector and patron Heiner Bastian has informed the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz of his decision not, after all, to donate his building on Kupfergraben, with its collection of paintings, to the Foundation. The endowment was originally announced in October 2016. As an explanation for his reverse decision, Mr. Bastian cited his emotional attachment to the building.

The Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz learned of his decision with enormous surprise and regret. Until this moment discussions in connection with the endowment had been going ahead on the best of terms. The building was to have been used by the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin as a centre for museum education from as early as next year.