2004 - 2021 Chairman of sculpture network, member of the board of trustees and the extended board of directors
Member of the board of various foundations in Munich dedicated to the research and teaching of library science.
Background: tax consultant, studied law and accounting. Art collector. Spokesman for the management of LHI Leasing 1978-2004. Retired since 2005.
Together with the German sculptor Hartmut Stielow, Ralf Kirberg founded sculpture network in 2004 and created a vibrant sculpture community in Europe. As chairman of sculpture network for more than 17 years, as well as a member of the board of trustees and the extended board, Ralf Kirberg has resigned his duties in 2021. Sculpture network honors him for this as an honorary member.
A European network
In 2004, the German sculptor Hartmut Stielow had the idea to promote sculpture by creating a European network for artists, galleries, museums, curators, critics, collectors and lovers of sculpture. As a businessman and collector with a fine taste for sculpture, Ralf Kirberg supported Hartmut Stielow in realizing his dream.
Ralf Kirberg helped build an organization with over 1000 members in 40 countries, and all the wonderful connections that have been made as a result! He enjoyed promoting the sculpture network and had great talent for it, so that Germany has more than 500 members. Ralf Kirberg also supported the network financially. It is very rare that someone is so committed to art and artists.
Networking and sharing ideas
In addition to digital networking via the website, sculpture network organizes meetings where sculptors from all over Europe can physically meet, network and exchange contacts, which has fostered many artistic careers.
At international symposiums such as the Glass Symposium in Celle, Land art Eco art and Bio art at the Verbeke Foundation in Antwerp or Ars Electronica in Linz, ideas were exchanged that opened up a new world for the participants.
Through sculpture network we saw wonderful sculptures, met international artists and visited many interesting places. Like the great visit to the former studio of Henry Moore in Much Madham with Christa Lichtenstern, the wonderful former studio of Chilida in Spain, the studio of Hartmut Stielow on this ancient farm in Hannover or the studio of Tomás Saraceno in Berlin.
European sculpture family
In the many photos taken at all these fantastic events, you can see everyone smiling. Being an artist or a freelance curator or critic is a lonely profession. It's great to share ideas and enjoy the company of so many nice people. You feel like you are part of the European family of sculptors.
Ralf Kirberg has created a dream and the new board will do its best to preserve your legacy and let it flourish and grow. On behalf of all members, the new sculpture network board would like to thank our honorary member Ralf Kirberg for his passionate and tireless commitment to sculpture network.