Visual Art Section
Section leader: Christiane Haid
Assistance: Nicolas Gadacz
Tel. +41 61 706 41 37
Fax +41 61 706 44 01

Section Leader

Christiane Haid (PhD), born 1965, studied educational science, German language and literature, history, history of art and art in Freiburg im Breisgau and Hamburg. Admission work on the work of Gabriele Münter. 1993 -2001 Friedrich von Hardenberg-Institute for Cultural Studies, Heidelberg, research on the history of the anthroposophical cultural impulse, research in connection with anthroposophical youth and student work in the years 1920-31: published as "In Search of Man”, Dornach 2001. She exhibited her own paintings from 1997 on, in Heidelberg, Darmstadt, Unterlegenhardt, Maikammer, Stuttgart, Dornach. 2004, Weleda calendar. 2001-2006 scientific work in the Section for the Literary Arts and Humanities at the Goetheanum. 2006 to 2009 cultural scientist at the Albert Steffen Foundation Dornach, curator of various exhibitions of the pictorial work of Albert Steffen, lectures, dissertation "Mythos Traum und Imagination - die Kleinen Mythen Albert Steffens", Schwabe publishers in Basel 2012). 2009-2019 Director of the Publishing House at the Goetheanum, since 2012 section leader of the Section for the Literary Arts and Humanities at the Goetheanum. 2019 Programme Director of the Publishing House at the Goetheanum. 2020 Head of the Visual Arts Section and since summer 2022 responsible for the exhibitions at the Goetheanum. Publications in the fields of anthroposophy, history, cultural studies and literature.

Expert team


Ulrikke Stokholm was born in Bangladesh in 1960 and grew up in Denmark, where she attended the Steiner Schools in Copenhagen and Århus. She attended the Sculpture School in Dornach from 1979 to 1984 and then completed her sculpture and art teacher training in 1982 and her art therapy training in 1984. She then trained as an art teacher in Germany and Denmark, teaching children, young people and adults in sculpture, art, art history and education. From 1999, she founded and ran a sculptor training programme and art workshops and worked as a sculptor herself until an accident interrupted her sculpting activities in 2004 and she began working as a coach and supervisor and later trained coaches herself.
From 2008, Ulrikke Stokholm also worked at the Sculpture School at the Goetheanum - initially as a guest teacher in the art therapy training programme - until the last of her five children in Denmark had left and she moved to Switzerland in 2014 to work full-time at the Sculpture School at the Goetheanum (now part of a t k a) as a trainer of art teachers, art therapists, developmental artists and in the school management.

"The development of the individual and also of humanity (which I can see through art) has interested me since my earliest youth. Just like the connection between heaven and earth in art and through the essence of life in the human being."


Pieter van der Ree (1958) studied architecture at the Technical University in Delft (NL). He has been working as an independent architect in the field of ecological building and organic design since 1990. In 2000 he wrote a book on organic architecture and in 2003 he organised a travelling exhibition on the same subject. Since 2005 he has held the chair of organic architecture at the Alanus University in Alfter near Bonn. In 2008 he published the book 'Formen schaffen als Ausdruck des inneren Lebens' about the relationship between the design of the Goetheanum and the anthroposophical training path. He is a board member of the International Forum Man and Architecture (IFMA) and in the initiative group of the Section for Fine Arts in the Netherlands. He also gives lectures and short courses internationally. His central field of interest is the interaction between man and architecture.

Yaike Dunselman (born 1972) studied architecture at the "Alanus Hochschule für Kunst und Gesellschaft" in Alfter near Bonn from 1993 to 1999. Since 2003 he has been managing the Dutch-German architecture office "neun grad architektur" in Amersfoort/ NL and Oldenburg/ D. The architectural office has 25 employees and works on projects ranging from supermarkets to the Goetheanum. Projects realized by the office have been awarded several prizes and acknowledgements, including the BDA Prize of the State of Lower Saxony, the AIT Award, the Fritz Höger Prize (special mentation), AIA Architectuurprijs, Hedy 'd Anconaprijs, Iconic Awards, German Brick Prize, Bremen Design Prize. see

Visual Art Section

The work of the Visual Arts Section devotes itself to all fields and methods in connection with the visual arts. We strive to understand art creations of the past, the present in contemporary art and to discover the potential for the future. We would also like to exchange views on the current worldwide art scene. We see the basis for our discussions and future developments, not only in Rudolf Steiner’s artistic impulses but also in his successors’ and their suggestions going back to the beginning of the 20th century. The section's work focusses especially on the interest and the deepening of a spiritually responsible practice of art. We aim at realisation by organising  conferences, courses, workshops, retreats, networks, reciprocal visits, exhibitions, presentations, contacts to museums and galleries, training and further education. The Section cultivates collaboration with the other Sections at the Goetheanum.

Christiane Haid will lead the visual arts section till 2025 together with a team responsible for the individual departments of the Section. Architecture is represented by Pieter van der Ree and Yaike Dunselman, sculpture by Barbara Schnetzler until May 2023 and will be continued by Ulrikke Stokholm. Christiane Haid is responsible for the coordination of all the other fields of interest within the Section as well as for the exhibition activities. In our regular team meetings we exchange views and devote our mutual attention to the questions and concerns of our colleagues in the field of fine arts. One of our main issues will be to maintain contact with artists and architects who wish to work out of anthroposophy and want to share and discuss whatever comes up in their artistic creation and practice. At the same time we turn to anthroposophy to find the answers that contribute to artistic life. So one of our aims will be to deepen our work on the artistic foundations Rudolf Steiner and his successors laid and present this impulse to a wider public and at the same time we see our entry point to working together is to come to a mutual understanding of contemporary architecture and artistic expression.


Nicolas Gadacz
Born in 1967, he first studied music at the Staatl. Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen, majoring in violoncello, and graduated as a music teacher in 1991. An activity as an orchestra and chamber musician as well as a music teacher followed. After a one-year activity at the Rudolf Steiner School Basel 1998/99 and a professional reorientation, the postgraduate course in cultural management practice at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts followed in 2000, in 2001 the training as a nursing assistant SRK, and extra-occupational eurythmy training at the Akademie für Eurythmische Kunst Baselland with diploma graduation in 2008. In addition to musical activities, twenty years in elderly care as a nursing assistant and in activation and occupational therapy employed.

Since 2022 assistant for the Section of the Literary Arts and Humanities and the Visual Arts Section.

Monika Clément worked as a journalist and marketing assistant before she began her collaboration as assistant to the board at the Goetheanum in 2004. In addition to this task, she worked for several years as administrative assistant to the Section for Social Sciences. In 2015, she took over this function in the Section for the Literary Arts and Humanities, where she continues to be active as a freelancer after completing her regular workload. Since 2020, she has been supporting the team of the Visual Arts Section in the areas of website, newsletter, and social media.

The Section Team

From the left: Yaike Dunselman, Pieter van der Ree, Christiane Haid, Ulrikke Stokholm, Monika Clément, Nicolas Gadacz. (Photo: Wolfgang Held)