High award for the Head of the House Wittelsbach: Duke Franz of Bavaria received the Great Cross of Merit on 23-02-2017 in Berlin from the hand of Federal President Joachim Gauck. Gauck praised the 83-year-old as an advocate of parliamentary democracy. He also emphasized the work of the aristocracy to make modern art accessible to the public. “They want to convey, share their interest and pleasure in art,” said Gauck at the Order of the Order.
The honored is himself a passionate collector of modern painting and graphics. He made large parts of his collection available to the Munich Pinakothek der Moderne. He advises several museums. The unmarried is Head of the House of Wittelsbach since the death of his father in 1996.