Effi & Amir, Places of Articulation, Five Obstructions, 2020
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Art institute / Berlin

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 more than 30 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.

KW Institute for Contemporary Art, also known as Kunst-Werke Berlin, was founded by Klaus Biesenbach, Alexandra Binswanger, Clemens Homburger, Philipp von Doering and Alfonso Rutigliano in a derelict former margarine factory in Berlin-Mitte in the early 1990s. Since then, KW has contributed significantly to the development of Berlin as an international center for contemporary art.

Emily Wardill, Identical, 2023, video installation / Courtesy Carlier Gebauer

Coco Fusco. Your Eyes Will Be an Empty Word, 2021. Video still. Courtesy the artist

+49 30 243459-53, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2019, Photo Sarah Wessel

Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw, remains (incorruptible), 2020; Courtesy the artist and Galeria Wschód

Anna Zett, ‘DINOSAUR.GIF‘, film still, 2014. Courtesy the artist

Hervé Guibert, Chambre de Mathieu, c. 1989; © Christine Guibert/Courtesy Les Douches la Galerie, Paris

Ericka Beckman, The Broken Rule, 1979, Super-8-film

Esther Ferrer, Piano con alas, 1986, Courtesy Archivio Conz, Berlin, photo: Giorgia Palmisano

Félix Gonzáles-Torres, Art work in public space, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, Curator: Frank Wagner / RealimusStudio / nGbK, Berlin 2006, Photo Raluca Blidar

Jimmy Robert, Joie noire, performance with Courtney Henry at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, 2019, Berlin, Courtesy the artist, Photo Frank Sperling

Lydia Ourahmane, sync, 2022. Courtesy the artist and Daniel Blumberg

Michele Rizzo, REACHING, 2021. Performance at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, in collaboration with Julia Stoschek Collection. Courtesy the artist; Photo Frank Sperling

Tobias Spichtig, Die Matratzen, 2022. Installation view of the exhibition Pause: Tobias Spichtig Die Matratzen at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2022. Courtesy the artist and Jan Kaps, Cologne; Photo Tobias Spichtig
Emily Wardill, Identical, 2023, video installation / Courtesy Carlier Gebauer
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Art institute / Berlin

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 more than 30 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.

KW Institute for Contemporary Art, also known as Kunst-Werke Berlin, was founded by Klaus Biesenbach, Alexandra Binswanger, Clemens Homburger, Philipp von Doering and Alfonso Rutigliano in a derelict former margarine factory in Berlin-Mitte in the early 1990s. Since then, KW has contributed significantly to the development of Berlin as an international center for contemporary art.

Coco Fusco. Your Eyes Will Be an Empty Word, 2021. Video still. Courtesy the artist

+49 30 243459-53, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2019, Photo Sarah Wessel

Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw, remains (incorruptible), 2020; Courtesy the artist and Galeria Wschód

Anna Zett, ‘DINOSAUR.GIF‘, film still, 2014. Courtesy the artist

Hervé Guibert, Chambre de Mathieu, c. 1989; © Christine Guibert/Courtesy Les Douches la Galerie, Paris

Ericka Beckman, The Broken Rule, 1979, Super-8-film

Esther Ferrer, Piano con alas, 1986, Courtesy Archivio Conz, Berlin, photo: Giorgia Palmisano

Félix Gonzáles-Torres, Art work in public space, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, Curator: Frank Wagner / RealimusStudio / nGbK, Berlin 2006, Photo Raluca Blidar

Jimmy Robert, Joie noire, performance with Courtney Henry at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, 2019, Berlin, Courtesy the artist, Photo Frank Sperling

Lydia Ourahmane, sync, 2022. Courtesy the artist and Daniel Blumberg

Michele Rizzo, REACHING, 2021. Performance at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, in collaboration with Julia Stoschek Collection. Courtesy the artist; Photo Frank Sperling

Tobias Spichtig, Die Matratzen, 2022. Installation view of the exhibition Pause: Tobias Spichtig Die Matratzen at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2022. Courtesy the artist and Jan Kaps, Cologne; Photo Tobias Spichtig
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