30 Years in Images
Founded on July 1, 1991 by Klaus Biesenbach, Alexandra Binswanger, Philipp von Doering, Clemens Homburger, and Alfonso Rutigliano, KUNST-WERKE BERLIN e. V. finds its roots in a derelict former margarine factory located on Auguststraße 69 in the Berlin-Mitte district.
Since organizing the innovative exhibition project 37 Räume in 1992, artistic director Klaus Biesenbach continued to bring the institution to critical acclaim both nationally and internationally by organizing ground-breaking exhibitions and initiating in 1996 the now widely renowned Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. Following in Biesenbach’s footsteps, Gabriele Horn took over the directorship of KW’s two institutional branches, KW Institute for Contemporary Art and the Berlin Biennale, in 2004, driving and assuring the durable restructuring of the institution in 2016. While Gabriele Horn remained director of the Berlin Biennale, Krist Gruijthuijsen was appointed as new director of KW Institute for Contemporary Art in July that year, since then a leading figure in further refining the institution’s local and international profile.
Over the years, the program of KW has been developed together with decisive curatorial voices, amongst others Anselm Franke, Susanne Pfeffer, Ellen Blumenstein, and Anna Gritz.
On this site, you will find glimpses of the three decades of KW and the Berlin Biennale.