Status: 26.09.2023, 15:00 p.m.
By: Andreas Steppan
Humorous looks at the everyday life of dementia patients: The "Demensch" caricatures by Peter Gaymann. © www.gaymann.de
The exhibition "Demensch" has come to a successful end. The donations that could be collected will be used to work with dementia patients.
Bad Tölz/Wolfratshausen – At the end of the Bavarian Dementia Week, Ute Reuter from Tölz can look forward to a great success. The exhibition "Demensch" at the Museum Wolfratshausen, which she initiated, attracted many visitors and also brought in a tidy donation sum at the finissage on Sunday. The money goes to the work of the Tölzer Förderverein "Alt und selbständig" with dementia patients.
After eleven days of exhibition, the caricatures were auctioned off at the finissage
As reported, caricatures by the artist Peter Gaymann, who lives in Schäftlarn, were shown in the exhibition, which deal with the topic of dementia in a humorous way. The organizer was the senior citizens' advisory board of the district, the organization was in the hands of Ute Reuter, who is also a member of "Alt und selbständig". Since 2022, together with district farmer Ursula Fiechtner, she has been organizing afternoons on the farm for dementia patients and their relatives.
Ute Reuter, member of the association "Alt und selbständig" in Tölz ©, Sabine Hermsdorf-Hiss
After the exhibition was on display for eleven days, the caricatures were now auctioned off at the finissage. About 40 interested people came. The auctioneer was Wiggerl Gollwitzer from Wolfratshausen. "It was just great, there is no one better," praises Ute Reuter. Thus, a veritable bidding competition developed for some pictures.
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From the starting price of 100 euros, it went up to 300 euros in one case. A total of 18 caricatures were sold. According to Reuter, the proceeds, including donations, added up to 2325 euros that evening. The bottom line is that after deducting the costs of buying the pictures, there is now a significant profit that benefits the work with dementia patients and their relatives.
Initiator happy: "We have achieved our goal"
However, it is at least as important to the Tölzerin that the message of the exhibition was received. "We have achieved our goal of bringing the topic of dementia out of the social taboo zone and breaking down barriers," says Ute Reuter. Dementia is "still a bogeyman of the modern meritocracy". The humorous handling of it reduces fears of the disease and fear of contact with those affected. "This is a contribution to a dignified life with the disease for those who are ill and their relatives."
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In the exhibition, which, according to Ute Reuter, was "very, very well attended" every day, people stood in front of the pictures again and again and laughed heartily. "And some have also said: I know this situation from home." (ast)
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