About the Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien – Gallery and Programme
Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien is an exhibition space for contemporary art with a focus on current social and cultural issues. Central to the projects here are the meaningful contextualisation of themes and consideration for diversity, internationality, and local relevance.
At 450 sqm. and with over 200 running metres wall surface, the space is well suited to mid-size exhibitions. Around six exhibition projects take place in a year, some of which are realised as a collaborative effort with other institutions, curators or artist groups. Additional programs such as tours, films, discussions, and artist talks function as reinforcement to the exhibitions. Given our own limited budget, we rely heavily on third-party funding and partnerships for our projects. Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien is an organisation of the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg District Council.
Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien owns a collection of round 450 artworks, which includes art from Hans Baluschek, Erich Büttner and other artist, who lived in Kreuzberg like Hanefi Yeter, Akbar Behkalam, Luise Grimm or Christa Eichler.
Built in 1847 by the order of Frederick William IV, Bethanien is a former
hospital designed by Theodor Stein and continued to serve as one until 1970.
The fight for Bethanien's survival began immediately thereafter; plans to
demolish and replace the building with social housing were countered through
occupation, citizens' intiatives and conservationists. Since then, the building
has offered space for cultural and artistic institutions. Aside from Kunstraum
Kreuzberg/Bethanien, there are the BBK Berlin printing studio, artist studios,
project spaces for exhibitions and theater and dance, the Friedrichshain
Kreuzberg district music school...
More Informations with an english summery: www.kunstquartier-bethanien.de
You can download a flyer about the Kunstquartier Bethanien in Englisch...
Stéphane Bauer has been the director of Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien since 2002 and is responsible for its program and organisation. He read sociology and worked for the Federal Association of Student Cultural Work (Bundesverband Studentischer Kulturarbeit) in Bonn. He later received an assistantship at the Berlin University of the Arts (Hochschule der Künste) and since 1990, he has been the managing director of the Kunstamt Kreuzberg (District Department of Culture). Stéphane Bauer has been curating exhibitions in Berlin at the Kunstraum Kreuzberg and the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Künste since 1997.
You can read a curatorial statement and the biography of Stéphane Bauer at www.goethe.de