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.
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
Job Vacancy Artistic Director
For the starting date of January 1st, 2020, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart is seeking rotational a new Artistic Director.
Since its founding in 1978, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart has developed into a contemporary art institution of regional and international significance. It is mainly financed through the city of Stuttgart. In addition to its exhibition and event program, Künstlerhaus hosts technical workshops and a studio program.
The Artistic Director is responsible for
– the development and implementation of an innovative programming concept,
– the overall scheduling and execution of exhibitions and events,
– the project funding including the acquisition of third-party funds,
– concepts for educational and community outreach programmes,
– the documentation of exhibitions and events as well as planning and realizing publications,
– press and public communications.
– knowledge of the actual contemporary art and current international art discourses
– experience in programming, organizing and implementing art exhibitions and events
– distinct communicative and organizational competence
– proactive as well as team-minded and responsible personality
The position is for 3 years with possible renewal for another year. Compensation is paid on a fee basis. Applications by teams and duos are possible.
Interested applicants should attach cover letter, resume and a programming concept to the following address by 15th of March 2019 (postmark deadline):
Dr. Hannelore Paflik-Huber
Chairman of the Board
Please do not send CDs or DVDs. Applications will be kept in confidence.
Schwabstraße (S4, S5, S6)
44 (stop Schwabstraße)
42 and 92 (stop Schwab-/Reinsburgstraße)
Phone +49 (711) 617652
Fax +49 (711) 613165
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Accounting, Membership Service
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Board of Directors
- Hendrik Fleck
- Karen Kreuselberg
- Matthias Megyeri
- Monika Nuber
- Winfried Stürzl
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