About us


The Günther Uecker Institute is a recently formed, independent cultural institution that supports projects by scholars from the fields of cultural studies, art studies, and related disciplines. Our goal is to provide researchers with a public platform for their innovative work that creates connections, stimulates, and makes knowledge accessible. Based in Schwerin, we support projects worldwide and focus on building long-term, sustainable collaborations.


The Günther Uecker Institute emerged from the association UECKER IN SCHWERIN: NEUBAU e.V., which was founded in 2013 to promote the expansion of the Staatliches Museum Schwerin by roofing over its well-known museum courtyard. Günther Uecker donated an entire edition of a large-format embossed prints to support these activities. Since the building project was not realized, the funds were rededicated in 2016 to allow the association to use them for the promotion of emerging scholars. This reorientation is reflected in the renaming of the association in 2020 as the Günther Uecker Institute (GUI).


Administrative Director

Antonia Gradnitzer studied cultural studies and Scandinavian studies in Berlin and Stockholm and graduated with a master’s degree in cultural studies from Humboldt University in Berlin. She has worked for the archive of the Robert Havemann Society, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, and as a research assistant for the state parliament of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Scholarly Director

Dr. Katharina Neuburger studied art history and media theory at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, curatorial studies at Bard College, New York, and art history at the University of Cologne, where she received her doctorate. She has received several awards for her research projects and was a fellow at the Duchamp Research Center Schwerin. Her publications are available in German and English. At the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart her habilitation thesis on the art of “two Germanys” is in progress.

Board of Directors

Petra Lorey, Chairwoman
Kerstin Döring, Vice Chairwoman
Mechthild Bening, Treasurer

Founding Director

Prof. Dr. Kornelia von Berswordt-Wallrabe