”Beyond the exhibiting of international art, Kunsthaus Göttingen sees itself as a place for education, communication and interaction with art.”
– Gerhard Steidl, Founding Director
Kunsthaus Göttingen is an exhibition space for works on paper, photography and new media, which opened in June 2021. The exhibitions focus on contemporary art with an international orientation. In the curatorial planning, the focus is on close cooperation with the artists themselves, who not only get a stage for their work, but also the opportunity for new productions, collaborations and interactive projects.
Each year three to four exhibitions are planned as extensive solo or group exhibitions, which are shown on three levels in spacious gallery spaces. We offer a varied accompanying programme for each exhibition, especially for children and young people. Between larger exhibitions, short INBETWEEN exhibitions are continuously shown in which selected artists can try out the forms of presentation for their work.
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Architecture and inner courtyard
Kunsthaus Göttingen was born out of the idea of giving visual art more space and presence in the city of Göttingen. As early as 2008, the publisher Gerhard Steidl and the then-mayor Wolfgang Meyer presented the idea of an art quarter with the Kunsthaus at the focal point.
The city has received funding of 4.5 million euros from the federal programme “National Projects of Urban Development” for the project planned together with Gerhard Steidl. The Duderstadt entrepreneur Hans Georg Näder supported the construction of the Kunsthaus with one million euros.
In 2016, the architecture studio Atelier ST from Leipzig was awarded the contract for the architectural and general planning at the Kunsthaus Göttingen after an international architectural competition. As a regional partner for the demanding task of construction management, the Göttingen-based ONP planungs + projekt GmbH was consulted from autumn 2017. As a contact person on site, they coordinated the work so that Atelier ST could concentrate on the artistic direction in the final phase of construction. The architects Silvia Schellenberg-Thaut and Sebastian Thaut combine tradition and the contemporary in their works. This is also the case with their concept for Kunsthaus Göttingen: its external appearance transforms typical regional details and geometries from the context of Göttingen’s old town development into an independent, modern museum architecture. The Berlin landscape architect Stefan Bernard won the competition for the design of the inner courtyard in 2017.
The four-storey house with pointed roof is based on the neighbouring half-timbered houses – here, too, the floor area expands upwards. The grooved plaster of the façade also evokes memories of warehouses from the street and the surrounding area. The foyer of the Kunsthaus is reached via the main entrance from Düstere Straße and offers a view of the green inner courtyard on the opposite side. On the right-hand side is the first gallery. The special feature of the building are three approximately 120 m2 large and 3.20 m high column-free gallery rooms. This allows maximum flexibility in the arrangement of different exhibition concepts across all floors. To protect the works on paper and enable video installations and projections, each gallery space has only one narrow, floor-to-ceiling window that can be covered if necessary. In addition to the three galleries, the house has a smaller exhibition space. On the top floor there is also an approximately 100 m2 »forum« for mediation work and special events. The Kunsthaus Göttingen thus has a total exhibition area of 500 m2 (incl. forum).
Through the foyer of the house you reach the courtyard. The Kunsthaus shares the courtyard with the bookshop Rote Straße. The courtyard is, as it were, the garden of the house. Not far from the main shopping streets it is a green oasis, a place of informal meeting, lingering and exchange. As in the past, there is also a children’s playground – making the place of encounter even more attractive. In addition, the courtyard also offers art appreciation: here visitors can expect a special highlight with the »House of Words« – a pavilion with the spatial installation »Poet Singing (The Flowering Sheets)« by the American Pop Art artist Jim Dine.
The ” House of Words” can be visited as part of special guided tours (see programme) with appropriate registration.
KuQua – Göttingen’s Art Quarter
Since 2008, Göttingen’s city council and the publisher Gerhard Steidl have been pursuing the idea of an art quarter. Located in the historic core of the city between Düstere Strasse, Nikolaikirchhof, Nikolaistrasse and Turmstrasse, the district is already considered the “nucleus” of the Göttingen art scene with the studio of Jim Dine, a framing workshop, two bookbinderies, a private gallery, a bookshop, the literature centre, the offices of the Göttingen literary festival, an international publisher and a workshop for high-quality exhibition prints as well as various cafés and other small businesses. The Günter Grass Archive, which belongs to the University of Göttingen, has been active as an exhibition and event space since 2015. In 2016, it was awarded the “Monument Preservation Prize” by the Lower Saxony Savings Bank Foundation. Kunsthaus Göttingen enriches KuQua and thus the city of Göttingen with a central new building: a house with far-reaching appeal, whose exhibitions focus on current positions of international contemporary art of different media – an “art anchor” in southern Lower Saxony. As the heart of the art quarter, it promises a further, valuable revival of Göttingen’s cultural landscape and is thus the most important step in the development of the district. In line with the KuQua motto »A quarter becomes a whole«, Kunsthaus Göttingen is committed to a coexistence of the neighbouring institutions and focuses on joint events in the courtyard.
The Kunsthaus Göttingen is headed by the managing director Dr Dorle Meyer and the curator Lotte Dinse is responsible for its content. The initiator of the Kunsthaus foundation – Gerhard Steidl – supports as honorary founding director. The curation is partly complemented by top-class, changing guest curators. Other team members are the exhibition educator Florian Winkler, the event and house technician Bartek Berbeka, the assistant Jasmin Woll and Marielle Moll for social media. In addition, freelancers support the work in the areas of mediation, cash desk and supervision.
Gerhard Steidl contributes as honorary founding director with exhibition curations at the Kunsthaus. He runs the Steidl Verlag publishing house near the Kunsthaus Göttingen. As early as 1969, he printed posters and multiples by artists such as Joseph Beuys and Klaus Staeck and today publishes selected art and photography volumes, literature and political non-fiction. In addition to making books, Gerhard Steidl conceives and curates exhibitions worldwide.
Dr. Dorle Meyer is the managing director of the Kunsthaus and responsible for the affairs of the gGmbH. She holds a doctorate in art history and has worked for many years in the museum sector in addition to researching and teaching classical modern and contemporary art. After working in Kassel and Berlin, she was most recently project manager and curator at the Deutsches Museum for the development of the Future Museum in Nuremberg. In 2020, she returned to Göttingen and accompanied the commissioning of the museum, initially as an authorised signatory.
Lotte Dinse is a curator and artistic director. In recent years, she has worked as a curator for contemporary art in Innsbruck, Hanover and Bad Ems, among other places. She has realised numerous international solo and group exhibitions and published a large number of articles in artists’ books and exhibition catalogues. Most recently, she directed the Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral in Bad Ems. At the beginning of 2023, she moved to the Kunsthaus Göttingen, where she will be responsible for the exhibition programme from autumn.
Florian Winkler is head of education & outreach at the Kunsthaus. After studying sociology and political science in the documenta city of Kassel with a focus on cultural sociology, he worked at the Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel in the area of museum education. He is now actively contributing the knowledge he gained about diversity-oriented projects and inclusive creative offerings, as well as his additional experience through his involvement in child and youth welfare at various institutions, to the Kunsthaus Göttingen.
Bartek Berbeka supports the team of Kunsthaus with this know-how in the field of home and event technology. After his business apprenticeship he moved relatively quickly into the cultural and event industry, where he worked independently for many years in the field of event planning and organization. Among other things, he owes his professional orientation to his great passion for music and audio technology, which he passes on voluntarily in workshops and his contributions to a radio broadcast in Göttingen.
Jasmin Woll supports the Kunsthaus in the areas of cash management and assistance. In addition to her studies in art history and history at the Georg-August University in Göttingen, she is already gaining some experience for her future professional career.
Malena Graf is in charge of the social media channels at the Kunsthaus. She studied Social and Cultural Anthropology and Indology in Göttingen and at the University of Pune, India. She is currently finishing her Master’s in Global Cultures at the University of Bologna, Italy, where she lived until recently.
Freelancers “Guided Tours”, Box Office & Supervisory Staff
The operation of the house is supported by a dedicated pool of staff in the areas of box office, supervision and guided tours. Here, students also have the opportunity to gain their first insights into the art world.
In principle we offer students in particular the chance to complete an internship at the Kunsthaus. Possible areas are in Public Relations as well as Education & Mediation. If you are interested please send your application with accompanying documents to Dr. Dorle Meyer at email@example.com. Due to high demand, it is advisable to inquire with sufficient notice.
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