Governance – Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e.V.

Board of Directors

Chair: Dr. Markus Klimmer

Dr. Markus Klimmer
Dr. Markus Klimmer

Markus Klimmer is chairman of the board of directors of Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e.V. and Bauhaus Archive - Museum of Design. From 2000 to 2009, he was partner at McKinsey & Company, where he headed the "Public Sector" division, and until 2017 he was managing director and senior partner of corporate consultancy Accenture. In 2008/09 he was an economic adviser to the German Foreign Minister. Markus Klimmer studied political science, economics and public law at the London School of Economics, the University of California Los Angeles and the University of Hamburg.

Deputy Chairwoman: Marianne Heuwagen

Marianne Heuwagen
Marianne Heuwagen

Marianne Heuwagen studied German and History at the University of Bonn, Germany and received her MA in Communications at Stanford University in California. She went on to become a successful freelance journalist - working for such prestigious media sources as ARD (The Working Pool of the Broadcasting Corporations of the Federal Republic of Germany), Die Zeit and the Süddeutsche Zeitung. During this time she specialized in topics involving civil right, human rights, and societal development in the US. In 1978 she moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles, where she befriended Martha Feuchtwanger, widow of the German author Lion Feuchtwanger.

In 1986 Marianne Heuwagen returned to Germany to work as Berlin Correspondent for the Süddeutsche Zeitung. After the passing of Martha Feuchtwanger in 1987 the Friends of the Villa Aurora was founded, which established the Feuchtwanger Villa as cultural landmark in memory of the history of Exile.

After the German Federal Government relocated in 1999 Marianne Heuwagen transferred to the Parliamentary Bureau of the Süddeutsche Zeitung. In 2002 she moved to the central office or the Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich to head the guest editorial division. Three years later she moved to Berlin to work with Human Rights Watch: From September 2005 to September 2010 she was the Director of the German Bureau of Human Rights Watch.

Marianne Heuwagen is Deputy Chairwoman of the Board of Directors and has been instrumental in the preservation of the Villa and its establishment as an Artist's Residency Program for more than 25 years.

Executive Member of the Board: Annette Rupp

Annette Rupp
Annette Rupp

Annette Rupp was born in Hessen – Germany. She studied German Literature, Philosophy and Science of Education in Muenster and Berlin, followed by additional studies of cultural management. At the same time, she became an accomplished musician on the organ and trumpet.

Her professional career took her to the University of the Arts in Berlin, where she taught project management. From 1998 to 2005, she produced 30 documentaries and directed audio books for Ventana Film- und Fernsehproduktionsgesellschaft mbH. From 2005 to 2009 she worked at the headquarters of the Goethe-Institut in Munich, producing audiovisual media. She was director of the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles from 2009 to 2011.

Board Member: Dr. Hans-Jörg Clement

Dr. Hans-Jörg Clement
Dr. Hans-Jörg Clement

Dr. Hans-Jörg Clement (*1961) is head of the Cultural Department of the Konrad-Adenauer foundation as well as curator and managing director of the Else-Heiliger-Fonds EHF 2010 for the support of young artists. Having received a PhD in philology, Clement regularly writes about the development of contemporary art in the German Federal Republic. He is also a member of various committees. In Berlin, he curated various exhibitions, among those were the first solo exhibitions of Miwa Ogasawara and Cyrill Lachauer. In the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn, he served as co-curator of the survey exhibition "Only here".

Board Member: Dr. Steven D. Lavine

Dr. Steven D. Lavine
Dr. Steven D. Lavine

Steven D. Lavine has been president of the California Institute of the Arts since 1988. Previously, he had served for eight years as a program officer for arts and humanities at the Rockefeller Foundation, with special concentration on media and museums, and from 1974 to 1981 he was an assistant professor of English literature at the University of Michigan. Dr. Lavine currently serves on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Endowments Inc., KCRW-FM National Public Radio, and KCET-Public Broadcasting, and the Cotsen Family Foundation, as Co-Chair of the Arts Coalition for Academic Progress for the Los Angeles Unified School District and on the Advisory Committee for the Asia Society California Center and the Cultural Policy Network Project of the Center for Arts and Culture, and as a member of the Public Programs Committee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Operating Company of the Music Center of Los Angeles, the Board of Directors of the American Council for the Arts, and the Visiting Committee of The J. Paul Getty Museum and has been co-director of The Arts and Government Program for the American Assembly at Columbia University and co-chair of the Mayor's Working Group of the Los Angeles Theatre Center. He participated on the Architectural Selection Juries for the new Los Angeles Cathedral and the Los Angeles Children's Museum. In 1991, he co-edited with Ivan Karp, Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display; in 1992, the Smithsonian Institution Press released their second co-edited volume, Museums and Communities: The Politics of Public Culture.

Board Member: Dr. Alexandra Gräfin von Stosch

Dr. Alexandra Gräfin von Stosch
Dr. Alexandra Gräfin von Stosch

Alexandra von Stosch is program director of Bauhaus Council Berlin, author and curator, who teaches among others at Humboldt University in Berlin, Bauhaus Universität Weimar and the Universität der Künste Berlin. 

Following her studies in art history at the Sorbonne in Paris, she became the artistic director at the agency Art Public Contemporain Paris. In this capacity, she realized public art projects in France and was responsible for the setup of the international collection of contemporary art at the new headquarters of the French bank Société Gènérale (La Défense). As a founding member, curator and chief editor, she ran the International Center for Curatorial Studies ICCARUS (Munich and New York), among others overseeing exhibition and publication projects on Jeff Koons, Ed Ruscha, and Louise Bourgeois.

Alexandra von Stosch earned her doctorate with a study on the hitherto unknown photography of film director Stanley Kubrick and organized an international exhibition tour. In Berlin, she was a founding member of the interdisciplinary non-profit initiative Contemporary Arts Alliance Berlin, then became board member with responsibility  for the CAA Academy. She published a monograph about Anish Kapoor (together with Rainer Crone; Prestel Verlag, 2008) and Ed Ruscha (Walther König, 2009).  Alexandra von Stosch is an active member of the branch Art & Science of the international Center for Human Sciences (HWZ Munich) and participates in interdisciplinary work groups of the Academy of Sciences Berlin-Brandenburg. In addition, she is involved in various arts juries (including CAA and the BDI Kulturkreis).

Board Member: Dr. Ulrich Köstlin

Dr. Ulrich Köstlin
Dr. Ulrich Köstlin

Dr. Ulrich Köstlin (born December 31, 1952 in Stuttgart) is a German corporate lawyer and former manager in the pharmaceutical industry.

Board of Trustees, Berlin

Dr. Andreas Görgen, Director General of the Directorate of Culture and Communication of the Foreign Office of Germany (Chair)
Dr. Sigrid Bias-Engels, Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media 
Björn Böhning, Head of the Berlin Senate Chancellery
Marianne Esser
Dr. Joachim Bernauer, Goethe-Institut e.V.
Sybille Uken

Members of the Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e.V.

Aladag, Feo // Aladag, Züli // Alexander, Zaia // Alexejew, Manuela // Bacher, Gabriela // Baehr, Prof. Ulrich // von Bechtolsheim, Dr. Barbara // Becker, Dr. Ingeborg // Behr, Wolfgang // Bernauer, Dr. Joachim // Bidmon, Agnes // Biene, Dr. Daniel // Birkholz, Dr. Matthias // Bohnen, Philipp // Böhning, Björn // Buchholz, Tanja // Carpentier, Peter // Castendyk, Dr. Oliver // Clement, Dr. Hans-Jörg // Chrobog, Jürgen // Dehmel, Dr. Max // Deyerling, Maria Luise // Dinkelmeyer, Reinhard // Dunger-Loeper, Hella // Duve, Freimut // Eichhorn-Korte, Petra // Engel, Lilly // Esser, Marianne // Franoszek, Nina // Hage, Dr. Volker // Hennig, Carsten // Heuwagen, Marianne // Hockling, Susanne // Jelavich, Peter Prof. Dr. // Kähne, Volker // Kinkel, Dr. Tanja // Klimmer, Dr. Markus // Knepper, Wolfgang // Köhler, Clemens // Köstlin, Dr. Ulrich // Lavine, Steven D. // Limbach, Torsten // Lochmann, Hans-Dieter // Modick, Dr. Klaus // Mössinger, Ingrid // Mühle, Arnd // Nieländer, Claus // Olbrisch, Franz Martin // Palme-Waldemer, Susanne // Peiper, Hinrich // Peiper-Riegraf, Dorothee // Pham, Petra // Pour Naghi Azar, Mani // Prinzessin zu Löwenstein, MA, Konstanza // Puchstein, Sabine // Puginer, Monica Chana // Ramer, Lee // Rohwer, Jörn Jacob //  Runze, Ottokar // Rupp, Annette // Sartorius, Dr. Joachim // Scherer, Dr. Bernd // Schlöndorff, Volker // Schmalenbach, Dirk // Schmitz, Lisa // Schmitz-Kössendrup, Dr. Marieluise // Schnebel, Prof. Dr. Dieter // Scholz, Gabriele // Schuck, Edwin G. // Seidel, Kerstin // Siciliano, Rocco C. // Stöhr, Hannes // Tasch, Dr. Stephanie // Tscholakowa-Henle, Ginka // Uken, Sybille // Viehweger, Dr. Moritz // Wand, Oliver // Weiss Kirsten // von Garrel, Dr. Susanne // von Halem, Dr. Gabriele // von Stosch, Dr. Alexandra // von Trott zu Solz, Ulrike // Wendler, Dr. Hans Jürgen // Werner, Babette Marie // Zettel, Philipp

(as of february 2017)

Advisory Board in Los Angeles

Margot Bamberger, Bamberger Business Management
Stephanie Barron, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, LACMA
W. Peter Bohn, Mellon 1st Business Bank
Eric Braeden, actor
Prof. Frank Dimster, USC
Andrea Grossmann, Writers Bloc
Thierry Albert Leduc, President, AMI Group, Inc.
Gaby Mueller-Stahl
Edwin G. Schuck, Lawyer
Marje Schuetze-Coburn, Feuchtwanger Memorial Library/USC
Rocco Siciliano, Collector
Steve Wasserman, Managing Director of Agentur Kneerim&Williams at Fish&Richardson