The Brombeeren Foundation at the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen was established in 2013 at the initiative of Traudl Engelhorn-Vechiatto in memory of her deceased husband Peter Engelhorn. Endowed with assets of € 20 million, the foundation is one of three that are instrumental in supporting Mannheim’s complex of museums. The donor chose a name that echoes that of her Fondation Les Mûrons in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Priority is given to exhibiting the contemporary glass art collected by the Engelhorns. Peter and Traudl Engelhorn assembled works by over 300 artists in what is probably the most significant collection of its kind. They bequeathed the major part to the Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains (mudac) in Lausanne. The collector will loan her glass sculptures and studio glass to Mannheim through the Fondation Les Mûrons and have them presented in special exhibitions at the rem. The foundation’s mission also entails supporting the collections of ancient Egyptian art, music, and porcelain and ceramic at the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen. The foundation has made a spectacular Egyptian exhibition possible at the rem, which opened in November of 2014. A “Peter and Traudl Engelhorn House” for the foundation’s exhibition activities is in planning.