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
(Curator in Berlin)
- 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, 2015–2019
(Director, Bonner Kunstverein)
- Eric Golo Stone, since 2020
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 11 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.
Since its foundation in 1978, Künsterhaus has been a space committed to the making, exhibition and reception of contemporary art and its discourses. It holds a long-running tradition of artistic experimentation and constitutes an essential part of the Stuttgart art scene, whilst reaching and communicating beyond this remit.
The Künstlerhaus membership is first and foremost a symbolic gesture, one that declares the belief and support of contemporary art – its roles, and its potentials. When first founded, Künstlerhaus gave a platform to new art forms: introducing sound, video and performance at a time when these mediums were emergent and challenging to many cultural institutions. The support of the members enables us both to nurture and take care of this legacy, but also to extend it and examine the role, needs and urgencies of artistic production and cultural work in the present.
As a member of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart you enjoy the following advantages:
- Information about future exhibitions and programmes
- Invitations to all exhibition openings
- Free admission to all events (lectures, artist talks etc.)
- Free admission to all German Kunstvereine associated with AdKV (300 institutions)
- Members are entitled to purchase editions and publications at special rates
- The members hold voting rights at the annual General Meeting
Single members: €25
Supporting members: from €250
Patrons: from €2,500
Become a Member / Sponsor
For further information concerning the membership please call +49 (711) 617652 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Articles of association
Eric Golo Stone appointed new artistic director at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, begins January 1st, 2020
Eric Golo Stone has been appointed as the new artistic director of the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart. He will begin working in the position January 1, 2020. Stone will succeed Fatima Hellberg, whose tenure as artistic director concludes in December, 2019.
Stone’s writing and exhibitions emphasize legal mechanisms and socioeconomic conditions that constitute the production, distribution, and reception of art. From 2013 to 2017 he was a curator at LAXART, Los Angeles. In 2018, he organized the exhibition and program, Contractual Situations We Live By, at the Kunsthalle Bern. In addition to currently working on multiple book projects, he is organizing, US Code: Title 26, a forthcoming research initiative and exhibition at Artists Space, New York, which considers the consequential relationship between the art field, tax law, and systemic inequality in the United States. His essays have been published in Afterall, October, Texte zur Kunst, and Flash Art, among other publications. He is a recipient of the 2018 Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for the book, Artist Contracts in the Political Economy, which examines how artists utilize contracts to intervene in the legal framings, transactional structures, property relations, debt obligations, and labor conditions that artistic production operates within.
Stone said in a statement, “The Künstlerhaus Stuttgart is a more than 40-year ongoing process of experimental institution-making. It has consistently been a space where ideas of institutional governance are questioned, enacted, and embodied as artistic interests. The artistic directorship at the Künstlerhaus has always been structured as a multi-year project, and those who have been elected to the position of artistic director often draw from their art practice backgrounds or maintain artistic criteria at the core of their work. It is this particular institutional identity that I believe makes the Künstlerhaus uniquely qualified to respond to the current structural problems that are so evident in the artworld. A young generation of practitioners today fully recognize how the art field globally has become indicative of, and attendant to, wide-spread socioeconomic inequality and exploitation. I feel it is imperative that art institutions give space for this awareness while considering the actual lived conditions and relations that circulate art as inextricably bound to the content-related symbolic, sensorial, and affective systems of artworks themselves. I look forward to building on the history of the Künstlerhaus as an institution where the organizing of policies can be realized as deliberate and substantive, restless and unruly, artistic experimentation.”
The team, the advisory board and the board of the Künstlerhaus are looking forward to their future collaboration with Eric Golo Stone.
Dr. Hannelore Paflik-Huber, 1st chair of the board
photo: Sidonie Loiseleux
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Board of Directors
- Jochen Detscher
- Thora Gerstner
- Karen Kreuselberg
- Matthias Megyeri
- Monika Nuber
- Winfried Stürzl
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