Institution

 

 

KW Institute for Contemporary Art aims to approach the central questions of our times through the production, display, and dissemination of contemporary art. Since its inception more than 25 years ago, KW has established itself, not only as an institution, but also as a dynamic and lively space for progressive practices within the Berlin art scene, as well as in an international context. By means of exhibitions and various event formats, KW has aligned itself towards the current tendencies of the national and international art and cultural discourse, and has actively developed them on a collaborative level with artists, institutions, and by means of commissioned works. As an institution for contemporary art without a collection of its own, the team at KW maintains a high degree of flexibility in creating its programs and addressing its audience.

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Under the responsibility of director Krist Gruijthuijsen, the current program evolves around the central objective of using the participating artists’ perspective as a starting point, entailing their subjects and points of view as ways to reflect on social and political issues. The institution is thereby conceived as a social space that facilitates contemplation and exchange between different protagonists and cultures, consistently challenging its audience. The building complex includes exhibition halls, apartments, offices, and event spaces, as well as the Café Bravo in the courtyard, that was designed by Dan Graham in 1999.

 

In addition to its internationally renowned exhibition program, KW collaborates on a regular basis with national and international partners, such as MoMA PS1, the Biennale di Venezia and Documenta in Kassel.

 

KW Institute for Contemporary Art is institutionally supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The program of KW is kindly supported by the KW Freunde e. V.

History

 

KW Institute for Contemporary Art, also known as Kunst-Werke Berlin, was founded by Klaus Biesenbach and a group of young art enthusiasts in a derelict former margarine factory in Berlin-Mitte in the early 1990s. Since then, KW has contributed significantly to the development of Berlin as an international center for contemporary art.

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In the mid-1990s, the heritage-listed front building from the early 18th century as well as the factory building, which dates back to the 1870s, were acquired by the Berlin Lotto Foundation after the settlement of pending restitution claims and made available to KUNST-WERKE BERLIN e. V., the support association of KW, for cultural use.

 

Thanks to the support of the national urban heritage conservation program, the foundation for heritage conservation, as well as the Berlin Lotto Foundation, the KUNST-WERKE BERLIN e. V. was able to renovate the buildings and add two new annexes: Café Bravo, designed by American artist Dan Graham, and realized in cooperation with the architect Johanne Nalbach, and the expansion of the transverse wing of a 400 m² exhibition hall by the Berlin architect Hans Düttmann. When the newly renovated buildings of KW reopened in autumn 1999, the complex had several office and studio spaces in its side wings, one of the most beautiful courtyards in Berlin-Mitte, and 2,000 m² of exhibition space spread across five floors at its disposal.

 

Since 1998, the exhibition spaces are also used every other year by the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. Founded through a private initiative in 1996, the Berlin Biennale has been receiving exclusive funding as a lighthouse project from the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) since 2004. Since then, KUNST-WERKE BERLIN e. V. functions as the support association of the Berlin Biennale.

 

In 2016, it was decided to restructure KUNST-WERKE BERLIN e. V. and form two institutional branches: KW Institute for Contemporary Art and the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. Gabriele Horn—the successor of Founding Director Klaus Biesenbach who had served as Director of both institutions since 2004—remained Director of the Berlin Biennale while Krist Gruijthuijsen was appointed new Director of KW Institute for Contemporary Art in July 2016.

 

Since its inauguration, KW has aimed to critically examine current tendencies within society through the production, display, and discourse of contemporary art. By means of exhibitions, commissioned works, and various event formats, KW has aligned itself with the national and international art and cultural discourse through collaborations with artists and other institutions.

 

Over the years, many outstanding artists have presented their first solo exhibitions as well as significant new works at KW, amongst others, Absalon, Kader Attia, Kate Cooper, Keren Cytter, Anna Daučíková, Ceal Floyer, Cyprien Gaillard, Beatriz González, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Judith Hopf, Channa Horwitz, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Hanne Lippard, Renata Lucas, Hiwa K, Annette Kelm, Adam Pendleton, Mika Rottenberg, Christoph Schlingensief, Hassan Sharif, Wael Shawky, Santiago Sierra, Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch, as well as Ian Wilson.

 

Thematic shows and group exhibitions such as 37 Räume (1992), Stand der Dinge (2000), Territories (2003), Zur Vorstellung des Terrors: Die RAF-Ausstellung (2005), Into Me / Out Of Me (2006), History Will Repeat Itself. Strategien des Reenactment in der zeitgenössischen Kunst (2007), Seeing is Believing (2011), One on One (2012/13), Fire and Forget. On Violence (2015), or The Making of Husbands: Christina Ramberg (2019/2020) have shaped the profile of KW and continuously influenced the international art discourse.

 

The artistic team of Krist Gruijthuijsen currently consists of Anna Gritz as Curator and Nadim Samman as Curator for the digital sphere, Clémentine Deliss and Mason Leaver-Yap as Associate Curators, Kathrin Bentele, and Léon Kruijswijk as Assistant Curators and Project Managers, as well as Marc Hollenstein as Graphic Designer. Previous members of the artistic team count Maurin Dietrich as Assistant Curator (2016–2019), Cathrin Mayer as Assistant Curator and Curator (Parental Leave Replacement) (2016–2020), and Tirdad Zolghadr as Associate Curator (2016–2020).

 

Earlier curatorial staff members of KW also count Anselm Franke (2001–2006), Susanne Pfeffer (2007–2012), and Ellen Blumenstein (2013–2016) as Chief Curators. Internationally renowned guest curators were furthermore regularly invited to develop their exhibition projects within KW.

Team

 

Organisation and Management 

 

Krist Gruijthuijsen
Director

 

Friederike Klapp 

Office Manager to the Director 
fk@kw-berlin.de 

 

 

Artistic Office 

 

Anna Gritz  
Curator

 

Nadim Samman

Curator Digital Sphere

 

Clémentine Deliss

Associate Curator

 

Mason Leaver-Yap

Associate Curator

 

Kathrin Bentele

Assistant Curator and Project Management

 

Léon Kruijswijk

Assistant Curator and Project Management

 

Sabrina Herrmann

Public Program and Outreach Coordinator

 

Claire Spilker

Head of Production (Currently on Parental Leave)

 

Katrin Winkler

Head of Production (Parental Leave Replacement)

 

Wilken Schade
Technical Management

 

Monika Grzymislawska 
Registrar 

 

Carlotta Gonindard Liebe

Assistant to Registrar

 

Jannis Becker

Intern

 

Younes Mohammadi

Intern

 

 

Press and Communication

 

Karoline Köber
Head of Press and Communication
kk@kw-berlin.de

 

Janine Muckermann

Press and Marketing

 

Melanie Liu
Intern

 

 

Education and Mediation

 

Katja Zeidler

Head of Education and Mediation

kaz@kw-berlin.de

 

Duygu Örs

Project Management

 

 

VW Fellow (Archival Research)

 

Jenny Dirksen

 

Sofie Krogh Christensen
Trainee

 

 

Administration and Finances  
Tel. +49 30 243459-80

 

Silke Krummel  

Head of Administration

 

Gloria Aino Grzywatz
Administrative Assistant

 

Petra Wenzel 
Accountant 

 

Marie Felis 

Accountant Assistant

 

Lippert v. Raggamby Rechtsanwälte 
Legal Advisors

 

 

Installation and Media Technology

 

Markus Krieger 

Head of Installation and Media Technology

 

KW Installation Team

 

 

Maintenance

 

Konrad Muchow

Tel. +49 30 243459-84

 

Roman Suckau 

Network Administration 

 

 

Guards Coordination

 

William Loftie

Udo Klink

 

 

KUNST-WERKE BERLIN e. V.

 

Executive Members of the Board

 

Olafur Eliasson

Julia Stoschek

Matthias Sauerbruch

 

Board Members

 

Hoor Al-Qasimi

Pedro Barbosa

Eike Becker

Klaus Biesenbach

Karen Boros

Mariana Clayton

Andreas Dornbracht

Simone Graebner

Katharina Grosse

Almut Grüntuch-Ernst and Armand Grüntuch

Markus Hannebauer

Martin Heller

Erika Hoffmann

Stephan Landwehr

Eberhard Mayntz

Kate Merkle

Elise Van Middelem

Timo Miettinen

Brigitte Oetker

Adam Pendleton

Sara Puig and Désiré Feuerle

Rivka Saker

Katharina Sieverding

Antje Vollmer

Axel Wallrabenstein

Diana Widmaier Picasso

Venue hire

 

Selected venues at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art are available for hire. Availability complies with the exhibition schedule. 

 

We would gladly put together an individualized offer for you. 

 

Contact 

Friederike Klapp 

Tel. +49 30 243459-24 

Fax +49 30 243459-99 

fk@kw-berlin.de

Jobs

 

There are currently no positions available.

Find open positions at the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art here.

Partners

 

Corpus – Network for Performance Practice

 

Hotel Alexander Plaza

 

Julia Stoschek Collection

 

MoMA PS1

 

Mophradat

 

OUTSET Germany_Switzerland

 

Schering Stiftung

 

Schwules Museum

 

Volkswagen AG

 

The publication on the history of KUNST-WERKE BERLIN e.V., which will appear in 2021 to mark the 30th anniversary of the institution, is generously supported by Volkswagen AG.