Governance – Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e.V.

Board of Directors

Chair | Dr. Markus Klimmer

Dr. Markus Klimmer | Foto: Dirk Bleicker
Dr. Markus Klimmer
Dr. Markus Klimmer

Markus Klimmer is chairman of the board of directors of Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e.V. and Bauhaus Archive - Museum of Design. From 2000 to 2009, he was partner at McKinsey & Company, where he headed the "Public Sector" division, and until 2017 he was managing director and senior partner of corporate consultancy Accenture. In 2008/09 he was an economic adviser to the German Foreign Minister. Markus Klimmer studied political science, economics and public law at the London School of Economics, the University of California Los Angeles and the University of Hamburg.

Deputy Chairwoman | Marianne Heuwagen

Marianne Heuwagen
Marianne Heuwagen
Marianne Heuwagen

Marianne Heuwagen studied German and History at the University of Bonn, Germany and received her MA in Communications at Stanford University in California. She went on to become a successful freelance journalist - working for such prestigious media sources as ARD (The Working Pool of the Broadcasting Corporations of the Federal Republic of Germany), Die Zeit and the Süddeutsche Zeitung. During this time she specialized in topics involving civil right, human rights, and societal development in the US. In 1978 she moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles, where she befriended Marta Feuchtwanger, widow of the German author Lion Feuchtwanger.

In 1986 Marianne Heuwagen returned to Germany to work as Berlin Correspondent for the Süddeutsche Zeitung. After the passing of Marta Feuchtwanger in 1987 the Friends of the Villa Aurora was founded, which established the Feuchtwanger Villa as cultural landmark in memory of the history of Exile.

After the German Federal Government relocated in 1999 Marianne Heuwagen transferred to the Parliamentary Bureau of the Süddeutsche Zeitung. In 2002 she moved to the central office or the Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich to head the guest editorial division. Three years later she moved to Berlin to work with Human Rights Watch: From September 2005 to September 2010 she was the Director of the German Bureau of Human Rights Watch.

Marianne Heuwagen is Deputy Chairwoman of the Board of Directors and has been instrumental in the preservation of the Villa and its establishment as an Artist's Residency Program for more than 25 years.

Executive Member of the Board | Heike Catherina Mertens

Heike Catherina Mertens | Photo: Yan Revazov
Heike Catherina Mertens | Photo: Yan Revazov
Heike Catherina Mertens

Heike Catherina Mertens studied art history, philosophy and sociology. After academic work in contemporary art, she worked as a curator for public art from 2000 until 2007. In 2001, she founded stadtkunstprojekte, a Berlin-based association to promote urban public art. From 2007 until February 2018, she was artistic director of the Schering Stiftung and, from 2015 onwards, also executive manager, responsible for the entire program of the foundation at the interface of art and science. In March 2018, she assumed the program direction of Hatje Cantz publisher. Since October 2018, she is executive director of VATMH e.V. Furthermore, she is member of the University Council (Hochschulrat) of the University of the Fine Arts of Hamburg and member of the board of trustees for the KAIROS Prize, awarded by the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S.

Board Member | Dr. Hans-Jörg Clement

Dr. Hans-Jörg Clement
Dr. Hans-Jörg Clement
Dr. Hans-Jörg Clement

Dr. Hans-Jörg Clement (*1961) is head of the Cultural Department of the Konrad-Adenauer foundation as well as curator and managing director of the Else-Heiliger-Fonds EHF 2010 for the support of young artists. Having received a PhD in philology, Clement regularly writes about the development of contemporary art in the German Federal Republic. He is also a member of various committees. Clement curated numerous exhibitions, among others as co-curator in the Bundeskunsthalle and the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle.

Board Member | Dr. Alexandra Gräfin von Stosch

Dr. Alexandra Gräfin von Stosch
Dr. Alexandra Gräfin von Stosch
Dr. Alexandra Gräfin von Stosch

Alexandra von Stosch is program director of Bauhaus Council Berlin, author and curator, who teaches among others at Humboldt University in Berlin, Bauhaus Universität Weimar and the Universität der Künste Berlin. 

Following her studies in art history at the Sorbonne in Paris, she became the artistic director at the agency Art Public Contemporain Paris. In this capacity, she realized public art projects in France and was responsible for the setup of the international collection of contemporary art at the new headquarters of the French bank Société Gènérale (La Défense). As a founding member, curator and chief editor, she ran the International Center for Curatorial Studies ICCARUS (Munich and New York), among others overseeing exhibition and publication projects on Jeff Koons, Ed Ruscha, and Louise Bourgeois.

Alexandra von Stosch earned her doctorate with a study on the hitherto unknown photography of film director Stanley Kubrick and organized an international exhibition tour. In Berlin, she was a founding member of the interdisciplinary non-profit initiative Contemporary Arts Alliance Berlin, then became board member with responsibility  for the CAA Academy. She published a monograph about Anish Kapoor (together with Rainer Crone; Prestel Verlag, 2008) and Ed Ruscha (Walther König, 2009).  Alexandra von Stosch is an active member of the branch Art & Science of the international Center for Human Sciences (HWZ Munich) and participates in interdisciplinary work groups of the Academy of Sciences Berlin-Brandenburg. In addition, she is involved in various arts juries (including CAA and the BDI Kulturkreis).

Since March 2017 she is Head of Art and Culture at the Artprojekt Unternehmensgruppe, carrying out cultural development projects in Berlin and Brandenburg.

Board Member | Dr. Ulrich Köstlin

Dr. Ulrich Köstlin
Dr. Ulrich Köstlin
Dr. Ulrich Köstlin

Dr. Ulrich Köstlin is a private art and music patron and collector of emerging artists. In addition to the Villa Aurora, he is also involved with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (Else Heiliger Fonds), the Association of Arts and Culture of the German Economy, and Spectrum Concerts in Berlin. He served on executive boards in the pharmaceutical industry for many years and is currently a member of various supervisory boards. He studied law in Germany, Switzerland and the United States.

Board of Trustees, Berlin

Dr. Andreas Görgen, Head of the Department of Culture and Communication of the Federal Foreign Office (Chairman)
Dr. Horst Claussen, Head of Unit K 24 at the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media
Brigitte Diefenbacher, Berthold Leibinger Stiftung
Dr. Joachim Bernauer, Goethe-Institut e. V.
Christian Gaebler, Berlin Senate Chancellery
Marianne Esser
Sybille Uken

Advisory Board in Los Angeles

Steven D. Lavine, Chairman of the Advisory Board, former President of Calarts
Margot Bamberger, Bamberger Business Management
Stephanie Barron, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, LACMA
W. Peter Bohn, Mellon 1st Business Bank
Eric Braeden, actor
Prof. Frank Dimster, USC
Andrea Grossmann, Writers Bloc
Thierry Albert Leduc, President, AMI Group, Inc.
Gaby Mueller-Stahl
Edwin G. Schuck, Lawyer
Marje Schuetze-Coburn, Feuchtwanger Memorial Library/USC
Rocco Siciliano, Collector
Steve Wasserman, Managing Director of Agentur Kneerim&Williams at Fish&Richardson

Members of the Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e.V.

Feo Aladag · Züli Aladag · Zaia Alexander · Manuela Alexejew · Gabriela Bacher · Prof. Ulrich Baehr · Dr. Barbara von Bechtolsheim · Dr. Ingeborg Becker · Wolfgang Behr · Dr. Joachim Bernauer · Agnes Bidmon · Dr. Daniel Biene ·  Dr. Matthias Birkholz  ·  Philipp Bohnen  · Björn Böhning · Jan Brandt· Tanja Buchholz · Peter Carpentier · Dr. Oliver Castendyk · Dr. Hans­Jörg Clement · Jürgen Chrobog · Dr. Max Dehmel · Maria Luise Deyerling · Brigitte Diefenbacher· Reinhard Dinkelmeyer · Hella Dunger­ Loeper · Freimut Duve · Petra Eichhorn­Korte · Lilly Engel · Marianne Esser · Nina Franoszek · Lucas Froese· Dr. Susanne von Garrel · Dr. Volker Hage· Dr. Gabriele  von  Halem · Marianne Heuwagen · Susanne Hockling · Prof. Dr. Peter Jelavich · Volker Kähne · Dr. Tanja Kinkel · Dr. Markus Klimmer · Wolfgang Knepper · Clemens Köhler · Dr. Ulrich Köstlin· Torsten Limbach · Hans­Dieter Lochmann · Dr.  Klaus Modick  · Ingrid Mössinger · Arnd Mühle · Claus Nieländer  ·  Franz  Martin  Olbrisch  ·  Susanne  Palme­ Waldemer · Hinrich Peiper · Dorothee Peiper­Riegraf · Petra Pham  ·  Mani Pour Naghi Azar  · Konstanza Prinzessin zu Löwenstein, MA · Sabine Puchstein · Monica Chana Puginer ·  Lee Ramer  · Jörn Jacob Rohwer · Ottokar Runze · Dr. Joachim Sartorius  ·  Dr. Bernd  Scherer  · Volker Schlöndorff · Dirk Schmalenbach · Lisa Schmitz · Dr. Marieluise Schmitz­Kössendrup · Prof. Dr. Dieter Schnebel · Gabriele Scholz · Edwin G. Schuck · Kerstin Seidel ·  Rocco C. Siciliano  · Hannes Stöhr· Dr. Alexandra  von Stosch· Dr. Stephanie Tasch · Ginka Tscholakowa­Henle· Ulrike von Trott zu Solz· Sybille Uken · Dr. Moritz Viehweger · Oliver Wand · Kirsten Weiss · Dr. Hans Jürgen Wendler · Babette Marie Werner · Philipp Zettel

(As of October 2018)