In the late 1980s Roswitha Haftmann was already
planning to set up a foundation to which she could leave the
greater part of her fortune. The relevant documentation was
drawn up on 28 January 1998 and the Foundation was recorded
in the Register of Companies in autumn 1999 after the death
of Roswitha Haftmann.
The aim of the Foundation is to recognise outstanding achievements
in the visual arts. To this end, the Foundation regularly awards
the valuable Roswitha Haftmann Prize to a living artist. Prizewinners
are selected solely on the basis of the artistic significance
of their work, without regard to their personal circumstances
(nationality, age, gender, etc.).
The Prize is awarded in Zurich,
as far as possible during a public event in the Kunsthaus.
The Roswitha Haftmann Foundation can also instigate, support or present exhibitions of representative works by the prizewinners in the institutions specified by the Foundation.
The value of the Roswitha Haftmann Prize, the timing of the
award and the selection of the prizewinner are all under the
jurisdiction of the
Board of the Foundation.