The KiCo Foundation was established in December 2009 by a husband and wife who started collecting young contemporary art fifteen years ago and from the outset sought to build lasting collaborative relationships with public museums. Their goal has been to acquire works not in order to store them in a private collection, but to provide them to a museum as a permanent loan and ensure that they will be presented to the public on a regular basis. The collectors have worked closely with the Kunstmuseum Bonn since the mid-1990s; in the late 1990s, they initiated a collaboration with the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, as well. The selection of works to be considered and final decisions concerning purchases are made in direct dialogue with the directors and curators of the Kunstmuseum Bonn and the Lenbachhaus and always also with a view to sensible and viable additions to the collections held by both institutions.
In its selection of contemporary positions, the KiCo Collection focuses on art that engages with the dissolution of physical presence into light and color. In addition to purchasing individual works, the Foundation also acquires complete groups of works or conceptions for entire rooms designed to provide in-depth insight into an artist’s oeuvre. In this regard, the collectors' intentions are in concord with the plans both museums have for their collections.
The KiCo Foundation lends crucial support to the Lenbachhaus as well as the Kunstmuseum Bonn that will allow both institutions to pursue their distinctive collection policies in the future.