KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin

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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, 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.

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.
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  • Great contemporary gallery ‘full of glamour’ Nice bookshop. I bought the last box set of postcards image bank. I’m feeling fancy.  more »
  • Kw Institute for contemporary art is a great place for visiting art. there are always changing exhibitions(like 2/3 every two months). The garden is very nice also.  more »
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  • Great contemporary shows, a small but good book store, and a fantastic cafe. Nice courtyard to hang out in. Typically there are 3 exhibitions (at least) to view. Well curated and thought provoking.
  • The exhibitions really sound better in text then executed in the actual exhibition space. No guides to ask or to explain the exhibition. The shop was very small and the collection was quite dated. Very little current and new things at the art shop. Overpriced for the small place and no guides. NOT accessible for dyslexic or disabled people who can not take the stairs. No audio transcription. Overall not great for the modern art scene.

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