Künstlerhaus was founded in 1978 as an initiative of Stuttgart artists and has since developed into a contemporary art institution of regional and international significance. Focal points of the exhibition and event programming include the mediation of current tendencies in genres of art, architecture, design and theory, as well as the conjunction of local and international debates. In addition, Künstlerhaus hosts technical workshops accessible to members, and a studio programme.
Künstlerhaus is located in the building of a former luggage factory in Reuchlinstraße 4b in Stuttgart-West. It is has four levels with 600 sq meters of exhibition space. Künstlerhaus is financed through the city of Stuttgart and additional private and public funds.
Central to the exhibition and events programming is the presentation of young international artists as well as historical positions that are significant to current discourses.
The exhibition programme of Künstlerhaus is designated by the Artistic Director, who is chosen by the Board of Trustees for periods of up to five years.
Previous Artistic Directors:
- Ulrich Bernhardt, 1978–1986
(artist, curator in Stuttgart)
- Veit Görner, 1987–1990
(former Director at Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover)
- Ute Meta Bauer, 1991–1994
(Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore)
- Nicolaus Schafhausen, 1995–1998
(Director Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna)
- Fareed Armaly, 1999–2002
(artist, curator in Berlin)
- Elke aus dem Moore, 2003–2006
(Director, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart)
- Axel John Wieder, 2007–2010
(Director, Bergen Konsthall, Norway)
- Adnan Yildiz, 2011–2014
(curator in Berlin)
- Fatima Hellberg, 2015
(current Künstlerhaus Stuttgart Artistic Director)
The workshops offer regional artists the necessary production facilities to realise artistic projects and allow international exhibiting artists the production of site-specific projects. Artists are supported through the expertise of workshop managers.
The workshops (audio, film, video, photo, diverse printing techniques and ceramics) are located in the main building of Künstlerhaus. Introductory courses as well as thematic seminars are offered regularly.
The children’s workshop of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart is located around the corner from the main building at Augustenstraße 67b. Each weekday afternoon, children aged between 3 and 15 come to experiment with materials and techniques, guided by artist-educators.
The interdisciplinary studio programme is for professional artists, architects, designers and theoreticians, and is reviewed yearly. Studio grant recipients are assigned their own work space on the third floor of Künstlerhaus and have free access to the various workshops at Künstlerhaus. Individual work spaces are around 25 sq meters. There is also a larger shared meeting space.
Library and Archive
Visitors have access to a large array of national and international periodicals as well as publications on contemporary art. The library houses more than 3500 books and magazines as well as approximately 350 international films and art videos. The archive of Künstlerhaus, including documentation of more than 800 exhibitions and events that have taken place here, is also accessible. The library is not a classical collection of books, rather an eclectic accumulation reflecting the interests of former artistic directors, and also includes brochures, photocopies and other documents. It is a valuable resource for regional artists, students, cultural enthusiasts as well as visiting scholars and artists.