Haus am Waldsee e.V.

Haus am Waldsee exists in free patronage since 2004. The board of trustees is responsible for the organisation in regards to sponsors, the district of Steglitz-Zehlendorf and the senate of Berlin. The board of trustees also appoints the director of Haus am Waldsee.

The board of trustees, that is restricted to twenty members according to the articles of the association, appointed Dr. Kurt Johannson as chairman in 2002. Dr. Indina Niggemann succeeded him in 2008. In June 2020, Jakob Braeuer was elected chairman, Kaspar von Erffa deputy chairman and Leonie von Gadow new secretary.

The head of the cultural office of Steglitz-Zehlendorf is a member of the board of trustees according to the articles of the association. Since 2017, this position is filled by Dr. Brigitte Hausmann.

Board of Trustees

Jakob Braeuer

Kaspar von Erffa
Deputy Chairman

Leonie von Gadow
Cultural Manager


Jost Arnsperger

Daniel Bresser
Legal Expert and Banker 

Diandra Donecker
Art historian and entrepreneur

Ludwig Engel
Cultural Scientist, Futurologist

Marianne Esser
Collector, Patron

Dr. Angelika Euchner
Art Historian, Gallery Owner

Dr. Wolfram Gabler

Dr. Brigitte Hausmann
Head of culture office for Steglitz-Zehlendorf in Berlin

Annetin Knahl
Cultural Manager

Prof. Regine Leibinger

Dr. Klaus Mertens

Dr. Indina Niggemann

Amel Ouaissa
Sociologist and strategy consultant

María Inés Plaza Lazo
Editor and publisher

Dr. Dirk Schmalenbach

Aurel Scheibler
Gallery Owner 

Jutta Freifrau von

Honorary Members

Dr. Kurt Johannson

Dr. Kurt Johannson was associated with the Haus am Waldsee as a board member of friends association. In the course of Berlin’s district reform in 2001 he participated in the negotiations in reference to the resulting reorganisation of the house’s sponsorship. He proposed the foundation of a supporting association and eventually became its first chairman. Thereby, he made an invaluable contribution to securing the long-term future of this long-standing institution.


Thomas Kempas
Former Director of Haus am Waldsee

Thomas Kempas artistically directed the Haus am Waldsee for three decades from 1964 to 1994. He led with a steady hand in turbulent times and raised its profile through groundbreaking exhibitions that were noted far beyond Berlin. Through his always inquisitive, passionate, and intelligent work, he contributed significantly to making this remotely located art venue an institution and an integral part of Berlin’s art landscape.



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