|The Way to the Foundation|
Oswald Malura and Friedel Anakebrand were married in 1942, and during the many years they demonstrated their love, their commitment and deep involvement in the artistic community of Schwabing. While residing in a section of Munich which is famous for its art history and cultural activities at 75 Kaulbach street, they participated in many organizations. For example the “Seerose Scene”, which held weekly meetings as well as the “Traumstadt” Dream city parties, which took place in their home twice a year from 1965-1977.
Oswald had a vision in 1977. He purchased a 200 year old farm house in Oberdießen, a small village near Landsberg am Lech and he renovated the entire building with the help of some local farmers. His dream was to form a Cultural Center in Oberdießen. The main room of this center was named “Shantiniketa” (place of peace). On September 11, 1981 with these words “Gleichgesinnte im Geiste finden”(to merge spirit and mind) the Cultural Center was opened. Nature was very important to Oswald. Overlooking the mountains, on a hillside and close to the Cultural Center Oswald built his art studio in the 50’s.
Circumstances changed and in planning for the Malura Foundation activities Oswald decided it was best to devote his time and energies back in Munich. After the death of Oswald’s wife in 1991 their home was designated to be donated to the City of Munich, however this never materialized.
Oswald then devoted his time and energy to the Cultural Center
This unique museum now houses 120 of Oswald’s painting’s
and has been open for over 12 years. There have been more than 30 Exhibits
and many German artist’s have been given an opportunity to exhibit
their Art to the public.
Why and how I formed the Foundation (2005)
I would like to explain how the dreams of Oswald and Friedel Malura became a reality. During many years I was informed by my father that he and my step Mother had the intention to start a foundation. They wanted to donate the four story home to the City of Munich. The City as Trustee would oversee and manage the Malura Foundation.
In 1989 I arrived in Munich to give up my Right of Inheritance. This would allow the formation of the Foundation after the death of my father and his wife. I signed a disinheritance contract believing that my parents had everything under control. This assumption proved to be incorrect.
In 1996 while living in Utah, I was summoned to my father’s side because a crisis had occurred. Upon arriving in Munich I learned that he no longer owned his own Art Collection, his Museum and other properties. Had a foundation been created I would have been pleased to support it but this was not the fact. This disturbing reality shocked me! Without knowing what the future would bring I moved to Munich giving up my career taking my retirement savings in order to be with my father to help and care for him as he was ill. This situation lasted for six years.
A legal battle ensued which lasted over five years. The first level of the German Court’s Judgment granted the cancellation of my disinheritance contract. An appeal was placed in the upper court level attempting to overturn the lower court decision. Once again the Judgement was in my favor. Further litigation took place and in January 2003 a compromise agreement was reached. During the following months everything was returned to my father, and In March 2003, the Oswald Malura Art Foundation was established.
Upon the death of my father in June 2003 I became the sole inheritor of his estate. My first thought was to give my father’s Museum and a portion of his Art Collection to the City/County of Landsberg am Lech. However, they responded with a “thank you, but without a fund of money to maintain the Museum and the art collection they could not afford the overseeing of the Endowment”. Another important factor complicated matters; my father’s funds “disappeared”. Faced with this fact I realized seeking additional help was necessary.
To those of you in Europe and in other parts of the World who are both willing and able to support the Oswald Malura Art Foundation a donation will be greatly appreciated. Any donation small or large. Thank you for your interest and participation.
With the help of Bridges Corporation of Munich, the Art Foundation is a legally formed non profit, tax deductible, Bavarian-German based organization. Bridges Corporation is the managing Trustee and is responsible for all legal and accounting functions as required by the German law. They bring with them great expertise in Foundations, Trusts and Endowments along with all legal aspects of German law. Great thanks is extended to their organization for the development, success and on going management of our Art Foundation.
Bridges Estate Planning Corporation
1. Purpose of the endowment is the maintenance and preservation of the artistic life and work of painter Oswald Malura, in the interest of the general public. As well as supporting the art community, culture, and the promotion of needy artists.
2. The foundation purpose is realized through the following articles:
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