daily noon—6pm, Fri noon—8pm
U-Bahn U1, U3, U8, Kottbusser Tor
Bus N1, Kottbusser Tor
Bus 140, M29, N8, Adalbertstraße/Oranienstraße
The neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK), founded with a grass-roots structure in 1969, is today one of Germany’s most significant and largest art societies. The unique structure of the nGbK enables its members to directly influence its thematic orientation: exhibitions, interventions, research projects, event series and publications are developed in interdisciplinary project groups and supervised from the initial idea to the final implementation.
The decision on the programme of the nGbK is also made by its members. Each year, it is discussed and voted for in a collective process. In this manner, numerous projects have been realized, whose significance can hardly be overestimated in retrospect: The nGbK has established itself as an innovative venue for contemporary art and exhibition production which has left its mark on generations of curators, artists and creatives, and whose experimental exhibition concepts count as path—breaking. They have provided important impetus and continue to engage with relevant socio-political topics. Themes such as racism, National Socialism and urban politics are negotiated time and again, with a further focus placed on (post)migrant, (post)colonial and gender issues. Topical discourses and debates are openly discussed and reflected upon in a timely manner. Art is understood as a form of action that has an impact on social processes.
The station urbaner kulturen was established by the nGbK in the district Hellersdorf as a second venue—a new place for debate and for initiative. It is a workplace for collaborative ideas and a discursive exhibition and programme space. By means of artistic production, outreach and relationship building, the nGbK is contributing to a research field that can be termed ›the city from the outside‹.