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The Namesakes

Carl and Anna Reiss © rem

The Siblings Carl and Anna Reiß

The Reiss siblings' home was the undisputed center of social life in Mannheim from the 1890s onward. Carl Reiss (1843 – 1914) was an active Mannheim businessman, politician and patron of culture. With his sister's (Anna Reiß, 1836 – 1915) consent, he ultimately willed his entire estate to the city of Mannheim in 1913, stipulating that the lion's share be used to establish a reiss Museum in Mannheim... continue

Heidemarie und Curt
Engelhorn © rem,
Foto: Irinel Stegaru

Curt and Heidemarie Engelhorn

In 2001, Curt Engelhorn fulfilled his promise to make an large donation to the city in gratitude for his business success. He endowed a foundation for the Reiss Museum in Mannheim with over € 25 million, unparalleled in the German museum scene in recent years. The former Reiss Museum, which already housed two independent museums under its roof, was renamed the Reiss-Engelorn-Museen in honor of thes donor.… continue

Traudl Engelhorn © rem,
Foto: Carolin Breckle

Peter and Traudl Engelhorn

Traudl Engelhorn-Vechiatto (b. 1927) established the Brombeeren Foundation in 2013 in memory of her husband. An incorporated non-profit foundation, the Brombeeren Foundation promotes the activities of the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen in the fields of fine arts and cultural history as well as scholarship and research… continue

Klaus Tschira
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Klaus Tschira

Klaus Tschira (1940 - 2015) established the non-profit Klaus Tschira Foundation, headquartered in the Bosch Villa in Heidelberg, with his own funds in 1995. The foundation promotes the natural sciences, computer science, and mathematics and envourages new forms of science education. The most advanced complex of laboratories and research offices for scientific dating in Germany, the Klaus Tschira Physical Dating Laboratory funded by the Klaus Tschira Foundation and the Curt Engelhorn Foundation is located at the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen.... continue

The Bassermann Family

The Bassermann family of merchants in Mannheim rose economically and socially in the 18th century. Ellen Bassermann (photo), a pianist and great-great-granddaughter of Wilhelmine Bassermann (née Reinhardt) established the Bassermann Cultural Foundation of Mannheim in 2008 to support the Reiss Engelhorn Museen. She primarily patronizes music and the history of music… continue