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KW Institute for Contemporary Art

Auguststr. 69, 10117 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 2434590
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not even remotely impressed

poorly managed and just not that interesting I visited when it was free entry, I would have been... read more

Reviewed 4 August 2017
Sam S
Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fascinating but not for everyone

The space was wide and clean allowing each piece/pieces of work to make a statement in the room... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2017
Chloe S
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KW Institute for Contemporary Art is a place for the production and presentation of contemporary art, where the pressing questions of our time can be openly formulated and discussed. It is a center for the introduction of recent developments in national and international contemporary culture, and for further development, working together with artists and institutions, and commissioning new work. As an institution for contemporary art without a collection of its own, but also without the specific mandate of a member-based art association, KW has a high degree of flexibility in creating its programs and addressing its audience. It is a resource both for the people who make active use of it, and for those who participate in it as visitors. The building complex in Berlin's centre includes exhibition halls, function rooms, offices, and a cafe, alongside apartments and studios, and provides a space for encounters and exchanges. KW has gained importance as a centre for contemporary art ever since. Aside from an internationally oriented exhibition program and presentations by artists from Berlin and other German cities, KW has regularly cooperated with a range of partners, including the Venice Biennial, CLUB BERLIN (1995) and documenta X, HYBRID WORKSPACE (1997). KW has also collaborated for many years with the MoMA PS1 in New York, one of the most high-profile institutions for contemporary art worldwide. History KW Institute for Contemporary Art was founded in the early 1990s by Klaus Biesenbach and a group of young individuals with an interest in the arts, in a virtually derelict former margarine factory in Berlin-Mitte. Since its establishment, it has come to be seen more than any other institution as a symbol of Berlin's development into an international centre of contemporary art since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The heritage-listed front building from the early 18th century and the factory facility, dating back to the 1870s, were renovated in the mid-1990s with support from the national urban heritage conservation program, the Berlin Lotto Foundation, and the Heritage Foundation. The existing complex was extended with two new buildings: Cafe Bravo pavilion, designed by the American artist Dan Graham, and realized in cooperation with the architect Johanne Nalbach; and the 400 square-meter exhibition hall in the rear wing, designed by Berlin architect Hans Duttman. Upon its reopening in the fall of 1999, KW had 2.000 square meters of exhibition space on five floors, several studios in the side wings, and one of the finest courtyards in Berlin-Mitte.
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Auguststr. 69, 10117 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 2434590
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Reviewed 4 August 2017

poorly managed and just not that interesting I visited when it was free entry, I would have been hugely disappointed had I paid EUR 8

Thank Sam S
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

The space was wide and clean allowing each piece/pieces of work to make a statement in the room. The short films were quite interesting, especially those that provided audio headsets. I found it to be a nice experience, my friend however didn't quite get it.

Thank Chloe S
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Good and interesting selection of artists with a nice floorplan and courtyard. Free entry on Thursday evenings and not crowded. Loved it!

Thank HazelinaOh
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Should check what exhibitions are up because in my case it was really weak. Art is sure subjective thing but one certanly can say if an effort has been made. Great space though.

Thank vytenisvv
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

This gallery is a 'must see' IMO. Great area, fantastic space (I believe it was an old margarine factory) and beautiful, well thought out exhibitions. A wonderful place to visit...

Thank cheapsuitserenader
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

We visited as a family during the biennial. We have come to Berlin for this reason. This gallery is an excellent space and lends itself perfectly to biennial style exhibitions. Well informed staff. And good cafe restaurant on site.

Thank drobo12000
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

The exhibition was very poor. Mostly white walls and an audio installation that did not make any sense. Pretentious and expensive. Not worth it.

Thank André R
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

When people ask me what the highlight of Berlin was- I'd definitely say this was. There was just so much to see, especially since we bought a ticket which allowed us access to all the Berlin Biennale exhibitions. Every room was different as some were...More

Thank Ronnieroo04
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

If you're out and about in Prenzlauer Berg, and feeling like a break, head for the cafe at the KW Institute. There are tables and various types of chairs in the courtyard garden, and also in the restaurant. The service is mostly friendly (except for...More

Thank Stephen P
Reviewed 21 June 2016

visited last week during biennale. it's located in a old building with many small apartment size spaces, well suited to showcasing installation and video work. cafe located in the courtyard was very reasonably priced. i'd go again.

Thank emilyweirdshoes
The centre of Berlin, Mitte is most famous for sights
like the Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz, and Museum
Island. The central location makes this one of the
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oldest traces of the city can be found, and evidence
of some significant transformations, as well. The
gangsters that once ruled the impoverished streets
between Alexanderplatz and Hackescher Markt have given
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