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History and stories in caricature and cartoon – saved from the cartoonlobby

Europe: Remembrance and New Starts Stiftung Museen fuer Humor und Satire

The Foundation "Museums of Humor and Satire" was founded in 2016 to make the cultural heritage in the field of all visual forms of humor and satire accessible to society and to preserve it for posterity.

It creates the framework conditions for this cultural heritage, with its collections, bequests and archives, to find an appropriate place and a high esteem in the cultural landscape of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The fortune of the charitable foundation - in the sponsorship of the nationwide association Cartoonlobby e.V. - also known as Cartoonlobby-Stiftung for short, consists of an extensive collection as well as a specialized library with archive. Around 30,000 original drawings are in the possession of the collection and so far reflect the drawn-satirical tradition of the capital region of the 20th century with a focus on Germany after 1945. In the context of the other European collections of cartoons, there is the possibility of clarifying different national and historical perspectives on politics and society.

In 2017, with the support of the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg, work began on digitizing and inventorying the collections. The results of this work will be shown in an exhibition "digital and original" at the end of the cultural heritage year. This will happen from November in the Cartoonmuseum Brandenburg, which is also operated by the cartoonlobby in Luckau since 2011 and also houses the cultural treasure of the foundation. The focus of the selection presented will be on the memory of a divided Germany and Europe - as well as their overcoming.

With the register and publication of the cultural assets of the foundation, an important basis for the further exchange with other research institutions also beyond Germany is created. The collection as a chronicle of current events and of critical analysis of society in Europe becomes visible to the general public.

Through the German Digital Library as a cultural showcase for the world and through its networking with the European portal Europeana this cultural heritage is accessible Europe-wide.