Kunst und Öffentlichkeit.
40 Jahre Neuer Berliner Kunstverein


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n.b.k. Exhibitions Vol. 3 – Kunst und Öffentlichkeit. 40 Jahre Neuer Berliner Kunstverein

Edited by Marius Babias, Sophie Goltz and Kathrin Becker

456 pages, with illustrations (mostly in color), soft cover, German/English, 19.80 Euro / 15.00 Euro (members), Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne 2010, ISBN 978-3-86560-715-7
In German language only


In 1969, Neue Berliner Kunstverein was founded as a private initiative of Berlin residents. The exhibition and outreach project Kunst und Öffentlichkeit: 40 Jahre Neuer Berliner Kunstverein looked over the past four decades by showing perspectives of art outreach in today’s Berlin’s art world and beyond that emerge from a re-definition of the relationship between art and publicity and the questions faced by such an institution faces: the importance of fine art for society, civil participation, and the activation of publicity. Divided into thematic chapters, the book documents a cartography of Berlin that links the history of the institution with artistic and cultural developments in both divided and united Berlin. Explored are the founding of the association, the emergence of the two collections Artothek and Video-Forum, as well as select historical exhibitions such as Aktionen der Avantgarde (1973/74) and Skupturenboulevarde (1987).

With texts by Marius Babias, Sophie Goltz and audio archive with René Block, Katja Jedermann, Wolf Kahlen, Jörn Merkert, Olaf Metzel, Barbara Straka, Christian Wagner, et al.

The publication can be purchased at local bookshops, via the website of Buchhandlung Walther König, and at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein. Members of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein can buy the book at n.b.k. for the special price of 15.00 Euro.