The Kunstverein Braunschweig, founded in 1832, is now one of the most renowned institutions of its type in Germany, annually presenting eight solo or group shows featuring important international present-day artists.
Its primary goal is the advancement of young artists within the discourse of contemporary art. The Kunstverein Braunschweig comprehends itself as a lively site of exchanges and dialogues. One of our main concerns is transmitting the potentials involved in contemporary art production, and we go about this aim by way publishing exhibition catalogues, in lecture series, gallery talks and guided tours.
Parallel to the programme in the Haus Salve Hospes itself, four exhibitions have been shown annually in the adjacent “Remise” (Coach House) since 1996. As a field for experimentation it serves as a platform four young artistic positions and curatorial projects.
The Kunstverein has resided since 1946 on Lessingplatz in the Villa Salve Hospes, which was built from 1805 to 1808 by the architect Peter Joseph Krahe in the classicistic style as a private merchant’s house. With its clear and simple spatial concept it is linked to the grand tradition of Venetian villas dating from the Renaissance and its immediate model is Andrea Palladio’s Villa Rotonda in Vicenza.