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Creating closeness through culture in difficult times

At New Patrons we are always close. In many places, we accompany the direct dialogue between citizens and artists who shape the future of villages, quarters and communities in joint projects. During the Corona crisis, however, this civic work is slowing down. Meetings are cancelled. Our mediators cannot travel to the projects. Artists stay at home for the time being. The virus forces us to avoid our most important workplace at the moment: The public space. But our work continues.

We are not losing our enthusiasm. Now new solutions, formats and ways are needed and we are working on many steps at once. We advertise for the financing of the projects. We plan with architects and structural engineers. We discuss the projects of citizens with administration and politics. And there is now more room for in-depth research, which is an important part of our method.

Above all, however, we see our responsibility in the coming weeks and months as being in places where culture is particularly important. While cinemas, museums or theatres have to remain closed, we will connect our projects even more closely – also with digital tools. We want to strengthen the exchange between civic groups. We are making our contribution to promoting cohesion in villages and towns. When public life is slowing down, the discussion of cultural concerns and projects is particularly important in order to keep an eye on future perspectives. Now more than ever, we need a sense of community and responsibility for our society. Our clients are shining examples of this. We will actively support them in the coming period.

We will remain in regular contact. You will hear from us! Write to us or give us a call if something is close to your heart.

Your New Patrons Team


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Here you will find a compilation of selected books and publications from the network of Neue Auftraggeber.

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Art without Capitalism (The New Patrons)

2013, François Hers, Xavier Douroux
  • Year2013
  • AuthorFrançois Hers, Xavier Douroux

A new model of action to invent new modes of art production and exchange by establishing a direct dialogue between the artist, the citizen-commissioner and the cultural mediator, outside the museum and apart from the art market.

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Letter to a Friend About the New Patrons

2016, François Hers
  • Year2016
  • AuthorFrançois Hers
  • ISBN 978-2-84066-905-0
  • Publisher Les presses du réel
  • Language english
  • Translation from the French by Emmelene Landon.
  • Format 14 x 19 cm (softcover), 56 pages

Reflecting upon the necessary conditions for the development of the New Patrons Protocol, the French conceptual artist François Hers calls for a better involvement of museums as well as for an art history that would relate creative processes with political conditions.

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Reclaiming Art / Reshaping Democracy – The New Patrons & Participatory Art

2017, Estelle Zhong Mengual, Xavier Douroux
  • Year2017
  • AuthorEstelle Zhong Mengual, Xavier Douroux
  • ISBN 978-2-84066-720-9
  • Designer Émilie Fourny
  • Herausgeber Les presses du réel
  • Sprache english
  • Format 15 x 24 cm (hardcover), 432 Seiten, farbige Abbildungen

A school and cultural center shaped like a crayfish: this is no hallucination but a commission by the Houma native tribe from Louisiana, soon to be built by architect Rudy Ricciotti under the New Patrons' Protocol.
Created by artist François Hers, this protocol offers everyone the means to commission a work of art, turning a privilege of the few into an opportunity for all. Being a patron acquires a new significance: it is not about financing the making of a work of art, but about stating its raison d'être. This protocol has led to the creation of more than 300 artworks in France, Italy, Belgium, Germany and elsewhere, by renowned artists such as Christopher Wool, Liam Gillick or Camille Henrot.

This book brings together the New Patrons and its American cousins: participatory and socially-engaged art. Through articles by preeminent European and Anglo-Saxon thinkers and curators, it explores the artistic and political issues raised by these contemporary practices. It reveals their common aspirations of inventing new ways for art to play a social role, to produce effects, to be part of people's lives—and puts to the test the belief that art can change life.

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The Seven Arts of Pritzwalk

2016, Clegg & Guttmann, Gerrit Gohlke
  • Year2016
  • AuthorClegg & Guttmann, Gerrit Gohlke
  • ISBN 978-3-89770-468-8
  • Editor Brandenburgischer Kunstverein Potsdam e.V.
  • Publisher Salon Verlag
  • Language german, english
  • Format 28 x 20,5 cm, 176 pages, color & b/w illustrations, soft cover

Field Notes – No Art Without a Purpose

2019, Dominikus Müller
  • Year2019
  • AuthorDominikus Müller

Issue #59 of Spike Art Magazine looks at the non-heroic ways of doing things differently that can open our minds and make the world better. With an excellent text by Dominikus Müller about Neue Auftraggeber. Thanks to Spike for allowing us to publish this text online.