Study for a Berlin Kunsthalle

Berlin (DE) / Project study for ‘The Arts and the City – Ways to a Berliner Kunsthalle’ press conference and symposium / Architecture, study / Project 2009


Study for a Berlin Kunsthalle

Project 2009


Art Related / Cultural / Civic , Buildings, Exhibitions / Installations / Performances, Teaching / Lectures / Workshops

Berlin (DE)


Study for a Berlin Kunsthalle

While new art centres have been founded in Madrid, Paris and Istanbul in recent years, Berlin is still in search of such an institution, despite being one of the most dynamic art metropolises of the world. The debate around this new centre, which has been promised by the mayor of Berlin, has been carried out in the past years under the alias Berliner Kunsthalle.

In a series of workshops, lectures and a concluding public talk in the summer of 2009, ‘The Arts and the City’ symposium examined experiences of international art centres, with a focus on the conceptual prerequisites of the Berliner Kunsthalle. To complement the two-day programme, AAS Gonzalez Haase and SAM Architekten were invited to present their architectural visions for a new art space, and share their findings on the concept of an integrated creative neighbourhood around the Berlin flower market.

Excerpts from ‘The Arts and the City’ press material:

“Parallel to the art market boom and the surge of blockbuster exhibitions, contemporary art centres of numerous European art metropolises increasingly understand themselves as places for critical realism and utopistic inclusion. In the light of intensified social polarisation and the growing relevance of creativity as a means of intercultural and economic productivity, those art centres claim to open artistic processes of production and reception to all kinds of social groupings…

“Motivated by the quest to define the profile and role of a future Berliner Kunsthalle, the symposium presents different typologies of international art institutions which avoid museum-like approaches, which equally satisfy the demands of international aesthetic practice as well as the premises of contemporary art production and education…

“The workshop part of ‘The Arts and the City’ is to initiate a platform for international exchange around the topic of interaction between contemporary arts and specific urban conditions. The discussion of central aspects inside the praxis of innovative European art centres in different panels shall be the fundament for the debate on concepts for the foundation of the Berliner Kunsthalle. The workshop addresses protagonists, scientists and politicians in the fields of art, culture and urban development. The content and results of the workshop will be published in the form of an audiovisual document and book.”


Pablo Berástegui (Matadero, Madrid), Constance de Cobière (Le 104, Paris), Rike Frank (European Kunsthalle, Köln)
Guests: Charlotte Klonk (Institute of Art History, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Claudia Wahjudi (Editor, Zitty), Tino Sehgal (artist, tbc), Sønke Gau (Shedhalle Zürich, tbc), Regula Lüscher (Senatsbaudirektorin, tbc), Beatice von Bismarck (Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig, tbc), Niklas Maak (Cirtic,FAZ, tbc),Moderation: Thomas Eller (Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin)

Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin, Berufsverband Bildender Künstler Berlins, Bourouina Gallery

Concept and organisational team
Florian Schmidt, Susanne Husse, Maria Munoz Duyos (project consultant)

Organizing institutions
Initiative Berliner Kunsthalle, Heirich-Böll-Stiftung, Bildungswerk Berlin der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung