Don't feel like missing out on another exciting exhibition and would rather meet like-minded people instead? The Young FRIENDS offer those interested in art the chance to become part of a lively community. With over 100 members between the ages of 18 and 35, our network is a very special meeting place for art-loving young people.

Questions / Contact

Charlotte Paulus (speaker)
TEL +49 (0)30 26 39 488 – 0

Volunteer team

Felix von Boehm, Dominic von Vlahovits, Claudia Große Siemer, Jon Gonder

Enjoy art, exchange ideas and make friends

With us you will meet like-minded people. We hold around one or two meetings a month specifically for the young FRIENDS. We organize curator tours of the National Gallery buildings, visit galleries, auction houses, private collections or studios, take a look behind the scenes of “our” National Gallery, plan excursions and get to know each other better at our “Kitchen Talk” networking event.

Through your membership you support the Nationalgalerie's houses, with their collections being the focus of our program.

Interest and curiosity are enough. You don't need any previous knowledge to take part.

Whether you are in training, studying, already working or have a young family – our offers are made for you. We bring you together with experts and artists, explore museums, galleries and exhibitions or take a look behind the scenes.

Do you have any questions about what to expect and how you can become a member of the Young FRIENDS of the National Gallery? Please contact us and we will be happy to help you.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

About Us

The young circle of friends goes by the entrepreneur and passionate art collector Dr. Hans-Hermann Stober, called Männe Stober, returned. After Männe Stober died far too early in 1997 at the age of 62, the club decided to name the club's junior circle in memory of Männe Stober's outstanding commitment. From then on, the young FRIENDS of the Nationalgalerie were called “Stoberkreis”. The Stoberkreis was a real pioneer back then and the first young section of a museum support association in Germany.

In 1977, Männe Stober was one of the seven founding members of the Friends of the National Gallery. He was passionately committed to the youth in the club and was strongly committed to young artistic positions. “Fighting for the young wild ones, the young art in general” – this is what Jan Rave noted about the namesake of the Stoberkreis in the club’s chronicle.

In 2024 we decided to drop the name “Stoberkreis”. The Stoberkreis is now called young FRIENDS of the Nationalgalerie. On the one hand, we have created a self-explanatory name. We have often used this name when “Stoberkreis” has led to questioning looks. On the other hand, we also conceptually express the inseparable connection with our FRIENDS.

This is how we continue what began in 1997. Männe Stober wrote our unchanged main concern into our records with timeless validity when he stated: “I know for a fact that I would have been enthusiastic [about art] even as a teenager if I had met the right people.”

Art break. Our podcast

Felix von Boehm and Charlotte Paulus are FRIENDS of the Nationalgalerie and the two voices of our podcast “Kunstpause”. A new issue of Kunstpause appears every month on all common platforms. At the beginning of every art break, we always talk to guests from the museum world, the art scene or artists about a work from the Nationalgalerie collection, which was acquired by the FRIENDS of the Nationalgalerie and which each of our podcast guests chooses themselves.