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Tate Archive

The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust is funding a 17 month post at Tate Archive to catalogue and translate Marie-Louise von Motesiczky’s archives (TGA 20129) housed at Tate Britain. Bianca Rossmann, who has been appointed to the post, was born in Austria and completed a course in Musicology (MPhil) at the University of Graz prior to her postgraduate qualification (MA) in Archives and Records Management at University College London in 2012. She has experience of translation work and has worked for a variety of archival organisations, most recently completing the cataloguing of the personal papers of Barbara Hepworth at Tate Archive. Information on access to the Motesiczky papers can be found in the  Archives section.

Cellist Alexander Rolton awarded first Karl Motesiczky Scholarship

Cellist Alexander RoltonTalented young cellist Alexander Rolton has been awarded the first Karl Motesiczky Scholarship. Alex will receive funding to complete his postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music, London, with additional support after graduation. As part of a partnership between the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust and Help Musicians UK, this major new opportunity is available to exceptionally talented cellists on the cusp of a professional career. The awards commemorate Karl Motesiczky (1904-1943), brother of Marie-Louise, and a gifted cellist who died in Auschwitz.

At audition Alex impressed a panel of top string players including London Symphony Orchestra principals Rebecca Gilliver and Paul Silverthorne.

Alongside his studies, Alex is already developing a performing career in the UK and Europe. At the Academy he has won prizes in the Herbert Walenn Solo Bach Competition, the Wilfrid Parry Brahms Sonata Prize and the Florence Hooten Concerto Competition with Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Roccoco Variations. In his final year at the Academy Alex will be specialising in historical performance, exploring the baroque cello and classical performance practice.



20 MARCH – 18 APRIL 2014

Work produced at HMP Grendon during the four-year artist-in residence programme funded by the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust 2010-14, was on display at The Guardian and Observer, King’s Place, London N1 9GU.

Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust funds new opportunity for emerging cellists through Help Musicians UK

Help Musicians UK has joined forces with the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust to support exceptionally talented cellists as they enter the music profession.The new four-year partnership sees the creation of major postgraduate awards to commemorate Marie-Louise’s brother Karl Motesiczky (1904-1943), a gifted amateur cellist who died in Auschwitz.

Research by Help Musicians UK has highlighted the challenges facing musicians on the cusp of the profession. Every year it supports more than 100 top young musicians with the vast costs of postgraduate training. But access to funding, advice and support in the first couple of years after conservatoire study is crucially needed to help them on the path to a sustainable professional career. With funding from the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust, Help Musicians UK will be able offer three exceptional cellists in the final year of postgraduate study a three-year package of support worth up to £9,000 each. Each Karl Motescizky scholar will identify a mentor to support them after graduation, and they will also benefit from dedicated showcase opportunities.

Help Musicians UK is the working name of the Musicians Benevolent Fund. Registered Charity No. 22808


The Dwarf by Zemlinsky, Paris, Opéra Garnier: January-February 2013

Marie-Louise von Motesiczky’s painting of Dwarf, Hinterbrühl (1928, Schlenker 22) has been reproduced in the programme to accompany the French national opera’s production of the The Dwarf (first performed in Cologne in 1922), by the Austro-Hungarian composer Alexander Zemlinsky. For further details of the production and performances click here



Liebhaber ohne Adresse, Munich, Münchner Kammerspiele: Thursday 26 February (20.00-22.30), 2013

A reading from the edition of the letters between Marie-Louise von Motesiczky and Elias Canetti, took place in Munich’s principal theatre as the fourth in the series Jahrhundertbriefe, about the correspondence and friendships between famous twentieth century figures.


The Trustees have presented the above material to Tate whose archive ( is the leading repository for material relating to artistic life in the United Kingdom and its international connections, including the careers of emigré artists such as Marie-Louise von Motesiczky. Her work appeared in the exhibition Migrations at Tate Britain in 2012, which focused attention on the importance of the contribution made by artists from many other countries of origin.
The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Archive will be available through the Hyman Kreitman Reading Rooms at Tate Britain. Inquiries, quoting the accession reference number TGA 20129,  should be marked for the attention of Adrian Glew the Archivist, and addressed to the Hyman Kreitman Reading Rooms at Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG (readingrooms(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign); T.020 7887 8838). Details of the registration procedure for those wishing to consult Tate’s Archive can be found at

Self-portrait with Red Hat – selected for a series of Austrian postage stamps

Marie-Louise von Motesiczky’s painting of Self-portrait with Red Hat, 1938 (Schlenker 47) has been selected for a series of Austrian postage stamps on ‘Modern Art in Austria’.

  • Special stamp: Marie-Louise von Motesiczky – Selbstportrait mit rotem Hut
  • Series: Modern art in Austria
  • Value: 0,62
  • First day of issue: 10.10.2012
  • Quantity: 410.000 stamps in sheets of 50
  • Stamp size: 31,8 x 50 mm
  • Graphic design: Marion Füllerer, based on the artwork of Marie-Louise von Motesiczky
  • Printing: Offset by Österreichische Staatsdrucker






Zurich, Sogar Theater, Liebhaber ohne Adresse, 10-20 May, 2012

237 Self-portait with CanettiA dramatisation of some of the letters between Marie-Louise von Motesiczky and the writer Elias Canetti, based on the book edited by Ines Schlenker and Kristian Wachinger and published by Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich, 2011.

Literaturhaus Stuttgart, 20 March 2012, 20.00

“Liebhaber ohne Adresse – Elias Canetti and Marie-Louise von Motesiczky”

Two great artists meet in exile: the painter Marie-Louise von Motesiczky and the writer Elias Canetti. They support each other in their struggle to create good work and fall in love. Their tempestuous relationship, which spans over fifty years, is now vividly brought to life through their letters, published by Hanser Verlag in 2011. Ines Schlenker and Kristian Wachinger who edited the correspondence, and Sean Rainbird, Director of the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart and a trustee of the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust, will give an introduction to the correspondents. The actress Lisa Wildmann will read from the letters.