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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

Programme 2012

28th January to 19th February 2012
Opening: Friday, the 27th January 2012, from 7 pm
CTM 12 – Spectral - Festival for Adventurous Music and Related Arts
Program at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien: Ghosts Off The shelf - exhibition curated by Thibault de Ruyter & The Crystal World Open Laboratory by Martin Howse, Jonathan Kemp and Ryan Jordan
Exhibition projects by „DISK - Image & Sound Initiative“, financed by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
Once again, Berlin's experimental-friendly music and art festival CTM takes up residence in Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien with its exhibition program. The festival's 2012 edition is entitled 'SPECTRAL', and investigates contemporary conjunctions between the ghostly, mysterious and dark side of experimental music, avant-pop and art.
In line with this, the festival presents the exhibition ‘Ghosts Off The Shelf’ organised by curator and art critic Thibault de Ruyter in Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, as well as the project ‘Crystal World Open Laboratory’ by Martin Howse, Jonathan Kemp and Ryan Jordan.
The project room at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien will feature installations and works by AUDINT, Chris Salter, Anke Eckardt, Felix Kubin, Ursula Bogner and Laura López Paniagua.
In addition to the program at Kunstraum, Berliner artist Nik Nowak's piece ‘Panzer’ will be shown in the satellite location of Lokdock beside Berghain, as well as ‘Das Geschehen [the happening]’, a joint work with Moritz mute located inside Berghain

3rd March to 15th April 2012
Opening: Friday, 2nd March 2012, starting at 7 pm
In Other Words. The Black Market of Translations - Negotiating Contemporary Cultures
An exhibition by the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst e.V., in co-operation with Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, curated by Paz Guevara and Elena Agudio
‘IN OTHER WORDS. The black market of the translations - negotiating contemporary cultures’ is the title of an art exhibition, in which the operations of translation, (reading, understanding, interpreting and rewriting a foreign text), can be understood as a cultural strategy to cross into other cultures. The exhibition will display a market of the foreign and otherness, inviting artists that explore the tongue of the Other and work in-between languages and cultures, penetrating, embodying and contrabanding Others’ words.
Beyond the current passive co-existence of multi-culturalism, it is necessary to organize a noticeable exchange between cultures in order to reach the stage of translation. In the sense of a black market, the exhibition displays activities of cultural transaction, of transferring and translating specific cultural economies. The question is raised whether a translation can bring the differences between languages, identities and cultures back together again. A form of “cultural translation” is proposed that could be a concept for future cooperation and negotiation between contemporary cultures.
When selecting the artworks, the project team focused on four fields of activity having to do with contemporary translation: • the critical analysis of global operations of English and the dominant languages of a community of users • the production of new languages and/or translations that uncover the pictorial language, imagery and identity concept of the “Other”• the fostering and recreation of forgotten languages and cultures• attempts at rewriting, deciphering and transferring one code or medium to another
Artists: Adel Abidin, Marwa Arsanios, Kader Attia, Julien Audebert, Elena Bellantoni, Emilio Chapela Pérez, Cherimus, Julian D´Angiolillo, Detanico and Lain, Braco Dimitrijevic, Mounir Fatmi, Ofir Feldman, Graciela Guerrero, Christoph Keller, Moridka Kitenge Banza, Daniel Knorr, Takehito Koganezawa, Oliver Laric, Karl Larsson, Adrian Lohmüller, Miguel Monroy, Moridja Kitenge Banza, Timo Nasseri, Miguel Monroy, Nana Oforiatta Ayim, Timea Oravecz, Soledad Pinto, Rosàngela Rennò, Gabriel Rossell Santillàn/Nin Nowak, Sona Safaei-Dooreh, Mariateresa Sartori, Demian Schopf, Lorenzo Scotto di Luzio, Paolo W. Tamburella, Michael Theodosiadis, Yoel Diaz Vazquez, Humberto Vélez, Luca Vitone, James Webb, Dilek Winchester

28th April to 17th June 2012
Opening: Friday 27th January 2012, from 7 pm
reKOLLEKT. A Retrospective of Perspectives from Selected Eclected -
9 years PARTY ARTY: Art in life - life in art

Celebrating the 9th anniversary of the PARTY ARTY series, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanian presents a wide range of artists who adorned the club nights with their works over the years.
Over the last nine years, the club series PARTY ARTY has united and staged fine art, music and literature parallel to wild parties. The curators had no interest in whether the artists originated from the 'Urban Art' context or had an academic background, whether the DJs and bands played Hip-Hop or Electro and whether spoken word artists delivered poetry or short stories: „Art first of all depends on attitude!“, declares PARTY ARTY dictator Yaneq dogmatically. „Art is not
democratic - art is a dictatorship and I am dictator here! “ This basically means that he invites anyone he pleases.
„Art in life – life in art “- quoting the show’s subheading – imbue the rooms of Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethaniens though not only with fine art: throughout the duration of the exhibition, musicians and DJs from the ‘Party Arty Army’ (the collective name for all those who have contributed something to the PA) will play concerts and sessions, and besides a large Spoken Word event for ‘Lange Buchnacht’ (Book night), there will also be several readings and performances, film evenings as well as other content.
Following the order to include art in life and bring life to art, two of the showrooms at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien will be converted into a doppelganger of Yaneqs apartment, in order to give his collection its own stage. This collection, more a conglomerate of different artistic works bequeathed to the dictator by the artists over the years, is the substrate of nine years curatorial practice and thus an important point of reference.
Yaneq and the video artist Anina Brisolla will live and work for seven weeks in this apartment for the duration of the exhibition. Thus they bring actual 'life' to the exhibition, that is the primary result of the combination of art and life.
A further area is reserved for the ‘Party Arty Stipendiaty‘: A 24 hours scholarship for international artists, which in addition to a residency in the exhibition, offers the chance to redesign the space itself.
Everyone can apply. As part of a daily ritual at 5 pm, the stipend holders hand over the key to the room. Starting its existence in Friedrichshain in a small, fine club called Lovelite, PARTY ARTY has since resided in the cellar of Festsaal Kreuzberg, Club 103, various off-spaces and finally settled in Ritter Butzke, becoming a firm fixture in the nightlife of Berlin. Work of almost 100 contemporary artists have been shown, likewise as many DJs and bands have played and almost 50 poets have seized the microphone. Taz newspaper donned the series „cult status“, and the Berliner Zeitung declared it was „pioneering work “in all things club and art.
PARTY ARTY will be 9 years old. Why celebrate 10 years, especially if you are interested in numerology? 10 is only a 1 and a 0, binary and thus purely factual information. 9 however is magical, perfect and round and is always recurrent: 9 times 9 is 81, the sum of those two digits equals 9. 9 plus 9 is 18, 3 times 9 is 27 and so on. This is why the major retrospective in the Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien was organized for this year. The current work of many
of those artists that have become part of the PARTY ARTY saga will be presented, as well as a comprehensive video documentation of the PARTY ARTY activities and content.
Artists: 44 Flavours, Jim Avignon, Christian Awe, Becker Schmitz, Marc Bijl, Shan Blume, Madeleine Boschan, Anina Brisolla, Laura Bruce, Johannes Buss, Chérie, Il-Jin „Atem“ Choi, DAG, Brad Downey, Emess, East Eric, Lukas Feireiss, Heiner Franzen, Martin Frese, Gogoplata, Maike Gräf, Amelie Grözinger, Philip Grözinger, Niels Grugel, Eliot M. Henning, Marc Jung, Just, Christiane Klatt, Klub 7, Kim Köster, Jereon Kramer, Dirk Krecker, Christoph Krönke, Dirk Lange, Maja Linke, Chris Logan, Daniel Man, Nathan Menglesis, Nomad, Manfred Peckl, Poet & Arunski, Ziska Riemann, Stefan Rink, Benja Sachau, Marcus Sendlinger, Stohead, Superblast, Anton Unai, Various & Gould, Heiko Zahlmann

30th June to 19th August 2012
Opening: Friday, 29th June 2012, from 7 pm
Journey to Jerusalem: 9 artistic positions between religion, tradition and taboo.
A project by Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien
The artists presented in the exhibition "Journey to Jerusalem" live and work in Berlin with many of them only having moved to Berlin a few years ago.
The common point in their work is that they refer to the artists’ own respective and diverse religious traditions and contexts, furthermore relating the inherent commandments and prohibitions. Their work expresses intersections of different traditions and personal environments and experiences, thereby dealing both with form and medium as well as with religious and art-historical traditions. Iwajla Klinke refers to baroque portraiture, Benyamin Reich to Dutch genre painting and history of photography, Zohar Freiman quotes and reflects upon the painters Balthus and Giotto, Trudy Dahan investigates artistic craft and oriental forms and objects, whilst Stevie Hanley approaches the topic of religion and taboo by dealing with the stylistic idiom of botanical and animal drawings.
Artists: Trudy Dahan, Zohar Fraiman, Stevie Hanley, Iwajla Klinke, Benyamin Reich, amongst others

22nd to 24th August 2012
reSource for Transmedial Culture
reSource is an initiative of 'Transmediale-festival for digital art and culture, Berlin', within the framework of which and in cooperation with CTM/DISK GbR and Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien is looking for new partners for the year 2012.
reSource for transmedial culture is a new concept for various projects held throughout the year across Berlin, which are directly related to the Transmediale Festival. It represents an initiative, whose ongoing activities and events have a significant programmatic presence at annual festivals. The aim of reSource is to act as a mediating component between cultural production in the framework of art festivals and joint networks in the field of art, technology, Hacktivism and politics. Under the auspices of the initiative, the co-operation and the division of resources and knowledge within the local and international community of art and digital culture, including Transmediale festival Berlin, will be facilitated.

1st September to 28th October 2012
Opening: Friday, 31st August 2012, from 7 pm
Hungry City. Agriculture in contemporary art
Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds
Curators: Anne Kersten (exhibition), Stéphane Bauer (accompanying program)
There are currently few other topics that make such a pertinent link between art and society as food and nutrition. Contemporary urban gardens are being presented as parts of exhibitions and symposia on philosophy, artists are turning to gardening or farming and chefs are becoming artists - it also seems like few other topics manage to unite so many seemingly contradictory manners and tendencies. Parallel to this, discussions are taking place concerning traditional concepts and methods, small rural business and the cultivation of old varieties of fruit as well as utopian projects, such as inner-city farms. Slow Food, an association of people committed to high-quality, traditionally produced food, has seen a steady increase in its followers over the years, while residents of US cities located in so-called 'food deserts' seem to only yearn after discount stores. Diverse social developments such as these have long been reflected in artistic practices.
The international group show Hungry City follows different directions of the debate and assembles a selection of artistic works that address many different aspects of food production and supply. Contemporary pieces are juxtaposed with works by renowned artists of the 1970s and 80s demonstrating that the issue was already a virulent one within art circles during the past decades. Currently, new art forms such as rural art and urban agricultural projects attempt to clarify the volatile issue and point out changes in stereotypical attributions found in urban and rural areas. Following cultural theoretical exhibitions dealing with food and large-scale projects looking at sustainability, the exhibition Hungry City offers a first-time survey in Germany of agricultural aspects in art from 1960 until today.
The exhibition also focuses on the relationship between town and country and examines these interactions with movements between the two poles playing a role in many respects. This mostly concerns the exchange between food producers and consumers, as well as the changes in food's consistency or physical state during preparation. However, the paths made to transport food are also illustrated: From continent to continent, countryside to city or from the kitchen to the hungry.
Within this context, Carolyn Steel, architect and author of the book "Hungry City - How Food Shapes Our Lives" calls for a parallel perception of urban and rural areas: "Feeding Cities has become rather more complicated than it was in the fourteenth century. But one thing is certain: however much we look the other way, our rural hinterland will always mirror the way we live. Ancient cities were run on slave labor, so were the farms that fed them. Medieval cities thrived on trade, so did their hinterlands. Modern cities, like industrialized hinterlands, have little respect for nature. If we do not like what's happening out there in the landscape, we had better rethink how we eat, because one will never change without the other"
Accompanying program of events: The accompanying program for the exhibition Hungry City in Kunstraum Kreuzberg pursues to emphasize the connection between urban and rural areas, visiting places of food production both here and there. Starting at an urban cultural centre, a series of diverse events hopes to provide a view upon and route towards near and distant surroundings.
Artists (preliminary selection): Sonja Ahlhäuser (D), Maria Thereza Alves (BRA / I), Yekaterina Anzupowa (D), KP Brehmer (D), Agnes Denes (USA), Letitia El Halli Obeid (ARG), Fall Fruit (USA), Amy Franceschini (USA ), Fernando Garcia Dory (E), Sun Green Fort (DK), cultivator (SE), Kristina Leko (CROA), Ulrike Ludwig (D), Matthew Moore (USA), MyVillage (NL, D, UK), Henry Riebesehl ( D), D Antje Schiffer & Thomas Sprenger (), Bonnie Sherk (USA), Lukasz Skapski (PL), Asa Sonja yolk (SE / D), Daniel Spoerri (D), Superflex (DK), Insa Winkler (D), Christa Zeißig (D)

10th November 2012 to 13th Januar 2013
Opening: Friday, 9th November 2012, from 7 pm
Sign, Gesture and Art
An exhibition project by Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien. Curated by An Paenhuysen and Wolfgang Müller, in collaboration with Stéphane Bauer. Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds
The exhibition "Sign, Gesture and Art" presents for the first time artistic forms that evade simple category and move within the field of the cultural deaf minority and hearing majority. The exhibition shows both the work of (deaf/hearing) artists, dealing with sound, music and their artistic potential as well as works by (deaf/hearing) artists that investigate sign language and its inherent artistic potential. This interdisciplinary exhibition crosses new terrain - by means of signing, gestures and interactions, unknown art forms enter the stage. It interactively explores the boundaries between dance, performance, pantomime, literature and painting.
‘Sign, Gesture and Art’ will probably be the world's first exhibition to show the artistic potential rising from sign languages.
The project intends to make the quality of Deaf poetry and Deaf arts accessible for the first time to a wider public. The curators are conscious that they are part of the hearing majority, thus the negotiation "hearing perspective" and "non-hearing perspective" is an important element in their considerations. „Non-hearing “ or "deafness“ are not the central themes, but rather the cultural possibilities provided when sign language culture is mediated to a hearing public. Our interest is directed towards the work of internationally renowned Deaf poetry artists, such as Gunter Trube, Clayton Valli and Dorothy Miles. They play a particularly important role within the Deaf and sign language culture. The exhibition project poses the question, which fields, connections and interactions exist in the strictly separated worlds of deaf/hearing. The increasing number of young Deaf artists, who have, for example, redesigned Deaf poetry (in particular in the field of Hip Hop), proves that current pop music hearing/deaf worlds have already been interacting with one another for over twenty years.
In Germany, the sign language performer Gunter Trube (1960-2008) played a prominent role as an activist and artist in the struggle for the recognition of sign language speech culture. The co-curator of this project, Wolfgang Müller has worked closely with Gunter Trube since 1980, for example, at Berlin’s Volksbühne and for a Channel 4 film production, London.
Artists: Bowery ASL PoetrySlam, Joseph Grigely, Dorothy Miles, Wolfgang Müller, Roman Signer, Barbara Stauss, The Flying Words Project, Die Tödliche Doris, Gunter Trube, Clayton Valli, Yoel Diaz Vazques, Ming Wong

Annual projects and cooperation projects:

Offensive Kulturelle Bildung (cultural education offensive)
In 2012 Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien will again resume its two school partnerships with the Fichtelgebirge primary school and the Röntgen school and develop, implement and present cultural education activities in Kunstraum as well as in the schools themselves. In particular, the so-called "space of partnerships" exhibition space at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien will continue to be used to present exhibitions and projects by the schools and activities within cultural education.

Kunstquartier Bethanien:
Saturday, 2nd June 2012, 2 pm until...
Open Bethanien

On Saturday, 02 June from 2 pm until the wee hours, the new Art Quarter Bethanien - the merging of all cultural and artistic venues and institutions within the main building of Bethanien - will organise a "festival" and open house, displaying the variety on offer.

Kunstquartier Bethanien – Studio 1:
10th November to 9th December 2012
Opening: Friday, 9th November 2012, from 7 pm
Arabesque: an excursion through the contemporary design scene and visual culture in the Arabic cultural regions and Iran
an exhibition project by Uqbar e.V., funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds. With the kind support of Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien

January until December 2012
Room 136 & 139 – 1st floor Kunstquartier Bethanien:
Tokyo Wondersite at Bethanien
Exhibitions, presentations and residency program of the Tokyo Wonder Site in the context of the annual cultural exchange between Berlin and Tokyo.
Co-ordination: Kanta Ikemura

January until December 2012
Room 134 – 1st floor at Kunstquartier Bethanien:
Exhibitions, presentations and film program by the international organization Momentum.
Co-ordination: Rachel Rits-Volloch
Momentum, initiated in the year 2010 in Sydney, is a global platform for time-based art: Video/film, performance, new media and sound. The platform connects a carefully selected group of artists, art galleries and art experts and intends to create a world-wide network of practitioners, decision-makers and theoreticians, who connect via global locations and are concerned with the issues of time-based art practice - both live and media-based performances.

Version: 18.01.2012