Otto Ritschl left behind a significant portion of his oeuvre, which comprises some 1,600 paintings, in his studio-home in Wiesbaden built for him by Bauhaus architect Johann Wilhelm Lehr. In his will, he stipulated that the Museum Association Ritschl e.V., founded by the artist himself, should become heir to the paintings belonging to his estate at time of his death. The statutes of this non-profit association state that its mission is to make a substantial part of Otto Ritschl’s artistic work accessible to the public.
In pursuit of this mission, the Museum Association Ritschl entered into a cooperation agreement with Museum Wiesbaden in 1994, which defines 5 major objectives:
The funds to finance these joint activities are generated by the sale of paintings from the estate of Otto Ritschl.