A Year with ...


Since 2017, KW Institute for Contemporary Art organizes the residency format A Year with…, a program that over the course of a year offers the participating artists the opportunity to pursue activities in the fields of design, research, literature, as well as publication projects within the context of contemporary art.



Pogo Bar


The Pogo Bar is located in the basement of KW Institute for Contemporary Art and reintroduces the format of the bar of the same name that existed there in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Since 2017, the bar has a weekly program and provides space for performances, readings, interventions, film screenings, and conversations.


BPA Talks & BPA Exhibitions


BPA// Berlin program for artists is a mentoring program that facilitates exchange between emerging and established Berlin-based artists. In 2020/2021, KW Institute for Contemporary Art will partner with BPA. The formats BPA Talks and BPA Exhibitions will take place within the framework of this partnership.




Alongside its exhibition program, KW Institute for Contemporary Art is continuously pushing beyond the confines of the physical building through its commissioning program. These commissions are produced in order to present a different temporality and dedication to art production, in which the environment and architecture of both institutions—KW and the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art—is challenged.




REALTY is a program hosted by the KW Institute for Contemporary Art and the Sommerakademie Paul Klee, among others. It promotes strategies to overcome contemporary art’s complicity with gentrification and aims to understand how the newfound traction of contemporary art can be used to maximum effect, here and now.


KW Production Series


KW Production Series is a new commissioning project, organized in collaboration with the Julia Stoschek Foundation and OUTSET Germany_Switzerland. It is dedicated to artists’ moving image works and concentrates on two new productions per year. The project takes inspiration from KW’s founding principles as a place for production, critical exchange, and thoughtful collaboration.




Within the vast empty spaces of the Haus der Statistik near Alexanderplatz, STATISTA is testing whether working in the spirit of the Commons is an option even within today’s context of city development. In ten distinct playing fields, the project generates artistic prototypes for a civil society built on collective principles. In collaboration with ZK/U – Center for Art and Urbanistics.




Lichtspiele is the intimate screening and performance series of KW Institute for Contemporary Art based at Pogo Bar, curated by Mason-Leaver Yap. Taking place at the beginning of each month, this monographic program presents works in dialogue with the artist and audience.


The Berlin Sessions


Since 2017, KW Institute for Contemporary Art organizes a series of public talks in collaboration with various institutions and organizations located in Berlin. The series entitled The Berlin Sessions highlights the work of Berlin-based creatives from the perspective of their peers; to map connections between the various producers and fields and to strengthen existing networks.


School of Casablanca


KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Sharjah Art Foundation, in collaboration with Goethe-Institut Marokko and ThinkArt, are pleased to initiate a collaborative venture in 2020–2022 evolving around the approach of the School of Casablanca— a group that developed innovative education and exhibition strategies in Morocco in the 1960s.


Metabolic Museum–University (MM–U)


In the framework of the Metabolic Museum–University (MM–U), associate curator Clémentine Deliss investigates, together with a group of peers, the conceptual potential and underlying politics of collecting in the city of Berlin. The generative process of the MM–U and the outcome of its inquiries will be presented in a publication and comprehensive exhibition to be held at KW in 2023.




The archive of KUNST-WERKE BERLIN e. V. holds materials on the history of the association as well as its two institutions, KW Institute for Contemporary Art and the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, and their activities since 1991. As VW Fellow for Archival Research, Jenny Dirksen was responsible for setting up the archive and researching the association’s history. The results are the publication KW, a history and the podcast Lose Ends in Archives.