Cultural participation and fine arts! For the past 50 years the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) has been showing how these two concepts fit together. Along with neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK), the second big art association of Berlin n.b.k. celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
Founded in 1969, the art association represents the demands formulated by the movement of 1968 regarding cultural institutions. One of the founding principles that the art association aims to implement up until this day is to make art accessible for everyone. Exhibitions, publications, and educational services present contemporary art to a broad audience. And with a supporting programme of various events aimed at a younger audience n.b.k. continually manages to attract new members.
A special feature of the art association’s works is its extensive Artothek, which was already founded in 1970. Irrespective of budget every Berliner has the possibility to lend original artworks to appreciate them at home for a period of time. Through the constant expansion of the collection by new purchases n.b.k. also supports artists— many of them from Berlin. The focus on contemporary Berlin artists shows as well in the art association’s exhibition and publication projects.
Furthermore the association possesses one of the largest and oldest collections of video art in Germany. The so-called Video-Forum comprises over 17.000 works of international video art. As joint productions with artists such as Rebecca Horn, Bjørn Melhus, and Hito Steyerl new works of video art are being realised with assistance of n.b.k.. On the occasion of Berlin Art Week 2019 the result of the latest cooperation will be presented: Candice Breitz will celebrate the premiere of her new work in the exhibition ›Labour‹.
As part of Berlin Art Week n.b.k. also opens the exhibition ›1989—2019: Politics of Space in the New Berlin‹, in which the architectural and urban history of Berlin since the fall of the Berlin Wall is being explored. How did Berlin become what it is today? An answer to this question is being approached though three subchapters: the myth of history, the myth of the market, and the myth of creativity. The exhibition however also looks into the future and asks once more how based on past events and current conditions concepts for a just urban future can be developed.
CANDICE BREITZ. LABOUR
Exhibition 12 SEP—25 OCT 2019
Openings 11 SEP 2019, 6pm
1989—2019: POLITICS OF SPACE IN THE NEW BERLIN
Exhibition 12 SEP—13 OCT 2019
Opening 11 SEP 2019, 6pm
NEUER BERLINER KUNSTVEREIN (N.B.K.)
Tue—Sun noon—6pm, Thu noon—8pm