Visual Art Section
Section leader: Christiane Haid
Assistance: Monika Clément ad interim
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. Publications in the fields of anthroposophy, history, cultural studies and literature.

Expert team

Sculpture and exhibitions

Barbara Philomena Schnetzler is a freelance sculptor living in Basel and Mulhouse. Born and raised in Basel. She trained as a sculptor at the Sculpture School in Müllheim from 2002 to 2006, Diploma in St. Gallen. Regular exhibitions at home and abroad, her works are represented in various galleries, i.e. in the Würth Collection, various private collections and in public spaces. Curation of various exhibitions (including the Christmas exhibition 100 Nativities, Forum Würth Arlesheim; sculpture exhibition "Living Balance", Goetheanum). Since 2007 she has been an art mediator at the Forum Würth Arlesheim, lecturer at the pedagogical academy in Dornach and at the sculpture school Campo Altissimo in Pietrasanta. She regularly works for the peace organization “Ekta Parishad” in India. From 2020 on she will represent sculpture and curate the exhibition activities at the Goetheanum.


Rik ten Cate, born 1955, studied at the Vrije Pedagogische Akademie from 1974 - 1977 training as a Waldorfteacher. In 1977 he helped found the Vrijeschool in Almelo and worked there until 2002 as a teacher and later as headmaster. From 1984 to 1988 he studied at the Akademie voor Beeldende Vorming (Amersfoort) and from 1990 to 1992 at the Utrecht School of Art. He worked for many years as a Waldorf teacher in Zeist and Amersfoort and entered  teacher’s training in Zeist and Leiden from 1990 onwards, responsible for the art subjects, anthroposophy, spiritual schooling and being a tutor for students. He coordinated the Visual Arts Section from 2004 to 2019 in the Anthroposophical Society in the Netherlands. From 2010 to 2014 he was also engaged as Section Coordinator of the International Visual Arts Section in Dornach. In 2014 he became a member of the Executive Council of the Anthroposophical Society in the Netherlands and was  appointed General Secretary for the Netherlands in 2019. In 2015 he became a lecturer at the School of Spiritual Science. Last but not least, he loves working in his studio. "I like to work with bronze, but also with clay, wood and stone and glass on various subjects. To get an impression of my work see my website:


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 2023 together with a team responsible for the individual departments of the Section. Pieter van der Ree and Yaike Dunselmann will be in charge of the architectural department; Rik ten Cate and Barbara Schnetzler for sculpture. Barbara Schnetzler will also curate the Goetheanum exhibitions. Christiane Haid is responsible for the coordination of all the other fields of interest within the Section. 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.