The Society for the Promotion of the Fine Arts in Wiesbaden was formed in 1986 to foster the development of Museum Wiesbaden’s collections.
In 1987, with funds from the Cultural Foundation Hesse, the city of Wiesbaden and the Nassauische Sparkasse, the Society acquired 30 paintings and drawings from the estate of Frankfurt art dealer and patron Hanna Bekker vom Rath to be made available to Museum Wiesbaden on permanent loan. With paintings and drawings by Alexej von Jawlensky, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and other members of the artist group the “Bridge,” as well as Max Beckmann and others, the Hanna Bekker vom Rath collection forms a central component of Wiesbaden’s Expressionist collection.
Meanwhile, the society has helped to enable various acquisitions for the museum’s Classical Modernism collection and to obtain external funding for a number of exhibitions. In 2004 and 2010, respectively, the exhibits “Jawlensky: My Dearest Galka!” and “The Spirit of Art — From Blue Rider to Abstract Expressionism” were made possible by funding from the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe.