innogy as a patron of the arts

innogy is firmly established in many regions of Europe – especially in those areas where the company is responsible for the electricity or gas network. We emphasise our regional commitment by committing to long-term patronage of cultural events and cultural institutions.

Our activities in the area of culture range from sponsoring the illumination weeks in Essen, public book cases and funding of regional cultural institutions, to urban performances such as the legendary “Park Sounds” in Essen.

innogy has been a patron of the arts for many years, supporting institutions such as the Konzerthaus Dortmund and the Dortmund U-Tower. And innogy places special focus on the Folkwang Museum in Essen.

The Folkwang Museum's extensive collection is world renowned – and innogy is proud to have been a partner to the museum for over 15 years now. With the support of the company, the museum was able, for example, to bring a large Diane Arbus retrospective to Essen in 2005. Interesting projects such as the “City of Slaves” by the van Lieshout atelier and the highly praised photo exhibition of Paul Graham from the UK followed in 2008 and 2009. During the Ruhr.2010 cultural capital year, the partners presented the “A star is born. Photography and rock since Elvis Presley” exhibition which was very well received. At the end of 2011, the museum and innogy (still RWE at the time) created an “Ecstasy of Colour” for visitors, with the aid of Munch, Matisse and the expressionists. Since 2014, the partnership has embarked on new paths, presenting “Los Carpinteros” and “The Shadow of the Avantgarde” in 2015. In 2016, the two partners began to present exhibitions in the form of dialogues. Works from the art collection Looser were exhibited opposite works from the museum’s collection. Since 1999, the Folkwang museum and innogy (still RWE at the time) have implemented over 30 projects together .

Folkwang Museum’s extensive collection

Our book boxes

Essen illumination weeks