The Junger Ankauf is an innovative form of collective patronage. The initiative was launched by the Young Members of the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst in 2005. The procedure is quite unique: During regular meetings with the museum’s Director, Yilmaz Dziewior, and the Curator of Contemporary Art, Photography and New Media, Barbara Engelbach, the Young Members present artistic positions from their own generation and discuss these in detail. Which work is ultimately selected as an acquisition for the museum’s collection is a democratic decision among the members of the initiative, subject, of course, to the consent of the museum.
The new acquisitions by the initiative are shown annually at the Art Cologne.