Wolfgang Johannes Hönle Foundation Art and Chemistry

"Science is the mind of the world,
art is her soul. "

Maxim Gorki (1868-1936)

Promotion of art and culture, science and research

Wolfgang Johannes Hönle - Art and Chemistry Foundation

The foundation was set up in September 2017 as a non-profit dependent foundation at the German Chemical Society . The idea behind it: art and chemistry should stimulate each other. The founder, Dr. Wolfgang Johannes Hönle, therefore, sees the GDCh as the perfect trustee.

In the spirit of building a cross-border bridge according to Wilhelm Ostwald, the foundation aims to promote cooperation and a better understanding of art and culture on the one hand and chemistry in science and research on the other by financing a wide range of projects.

The founder, Dr. Wolfgang Johannes Hönle, worked in the fields of Inorganic Chemistry and solid state research. For many decades he worked for the Max Planck Society in solid-state research and in planning for the construction and operation of research institutes.

Art collection and capital assets

Extensive art collections and capital assets were brought into the foundation. The art collections comprise a total of around 4,000 graphic sheets and come from the private collection of the founder. They were taken over into the foundation's assets and given on permanent loan to the University of Trier. The majority of the foundation's capital comes from the legacy of the founder's mother, Edith Hönle (1923 - 2009), who selflessly preserved and passed on the family legacy. This legacy also enabled the art collections to be built up.

Foundation purposes

The founder, Dr. Wolfgang Johannes Hönle is particularly keen to make quick and unbureaucratic decisions about funding. The decision-making body is the Board of Trustees. Cross-disciplinary projects in particular should be funded.

Promotion of art and culture

by further developing the collections from the private property of the founder, which were taken over into the foundation's assets and given to the University of Trier on permanent loan. The value of the collections can be increased through acquisitions and barter deals. Exhibitions and / or permanent loans to other suitable institutions are being considered. There are also plans to produce publications on these collections and to research the collection items as part of projects.

Promotion of science and research

Granting of grants for research work / projects by diploma students, doctoral students, post-doctoral candidates and professors (m / f / d) in the field of solid-state research (chemistry, Physics and materials research) as well as dissemination of results in the field of solid-state research through appropriate public relations work and press reports.

Members of the Board of Trustees

Chair: Wladimir Reschetilowski, Prof. em. TU Dresden Deputy Chair: Dr. WJ Hönle, Ettlingen Members:

Dr. Matthias Urmann, Sanofi Aventis, former GDCh President
for Prof. Dr. Peter Schreiner, GDCh President 2020/2021

Dr. Michael Maeder, State Art-
collections Dresden

Susanne Bauer, research assistant, FB III:
Art history, University of Trier

The foundation awards research grants

Supported by the Hönle Foundation:

Special issue 25 of the Wilhelm Ostwald Society "Max Bodenstein and Wilhelm Ostwald in their letters"

That is a small excerpt. The booklet can be ordered from the Wilhelm Ostwald Society.

Sabine C. Wrabetz

Chemistry meets Art - exhibition catalog

150 years of the periodic table of the elements

Vladimir Reshetilovsky takes a historical look back

Available as PDF only.

The founder

Dr. W. J. Hönle (*1947)


The statutes of the Wolfgang Johannes Hönle - Art and Chemistry Foundation for reading


Dr. Jasmin Herr
Varrentrappstr. 40 - 42
60486 Frankfurt aM
Tel. +49 69 7917-323
Fax +49 69 7917-1323

Email: j.herr@gdch.de

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last modified: 10.01.2022 09:00 H from J.Herr