Collection, loan, art education, artist support program
Set up in 1970, the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein’s lending library for artworks, the Artothek, – the largest such institution in Germany – comprises 4,000 works from the 20th and 21st century, which private individuals and public institutions may borrow. The Artothek notches up around 11,000 loans a year. The collection is made up of paintings, sculptures, watercolors, collages, gouaches, drawings, prints, and photographs. It serves as a useful instrument to support Berlin-based artists thanks to the new works n.b.k. acquires for the Artothek every year. The art education program helps to make art and artists accessible to private users as well as to institutions and schools. The Roland (1998) system designed by artist Silke Wagner slots together to form a sculptural display for borrowing, information, presentation, and archiving of works. Changing exhibitions highlight new emphases on particular themes running through the collection. In re-inventing the Artothek and extending its educational activities, the n.b.k. is pursuing the democratic notion of cultural education for all.

Terms of loan
Neue Berliner Kunstverein lends art free of charge to all over 16 years of age who are officially registered residents of Berlin. For each artwork, there is an insurance fee of 3 Euro for 3 months. Nonmembers can borrow artworks for a maximum for six months. Members of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein can borrow artworks for a maximum of one year. Detailed loan conditions and a registration form can be downloaded here.

Opening hours*
Tuesday / Thursday 28 pm
Wednesday / Friday 2
6 pm

* The Artothek will be closed on April 14, 2017 (Good Friday), and May, 25 (Ascension Day) – June, 2, 2017.