Permanent Collection - NBK - Neuer Berliner Kunstverein

The Video-Forum

was founded in 1972 as a vehicle and as a place of information and discussion for the then still new medium of video, and, from the beginning, established a place of encounter for video artists and the public. Since then, the historically significant collection includes over 800 works by international artists, from the beginning in the late 1960s to the immediate present.

The Video-Forum functions largely as an archive, offering the public free access to view the works on site. For this purpose, a viewing lounge designed by the Berlin artist Andreas Schlaegel was established in the summer of 2001, with the Swiss artist Rémy Markowitsch, the Russian artist Anatolij Shuravlev, and the Iranian artist Shahram Entekhabi also generously lending photo-installations and a sculpture to be exhibited in the space. The collection´s catalogue, launched in the Spring of 2001, is a valuable guide for the public. Along with an index of the collection, it contains additional information on the works and biographical notes on the artists.

The Video-Forum also regularly appears as co-producer of new works by Berlin artists and has helped realize 18 new video productions to date. Within the context of “Treffpunkt NBK”, a series of events related to the programme of the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, the Video-Forum presents screenings of the work of individual artists, selected programs of video festivals as well as new acquisitons and releases of its own productions. Additionally external curators invited are to present international programmes. Since 2002 the Video-Forum also presents the collection in varying programms across the country and internationally.
The format 'artist talk' was complemented in 2003/2004 by the series "Illuminating Video" whereby international artists were invited to present and discuss their work. Guests of this special programme were
Destiny Deacon, Christian Jankowski, Yang Fudong, Maria Marshall und Shirin Neshat.

After the remarkable exhibition "Rewind to the Future" in cooperation with the Bonner Kunstverein (1999/2000), since 2003, the Video-Forum presents every year a new project on video art. This new series started in January 2003 with the exhibition “Urban Collisions. Civilisational Conflicts In the Medium of Video". Followed by the Solo Show "Album" of Matthias Müller in 2004.

The Video-Forum began a collection of artist´s CD-ROMs in the mid-1990s, which can be viewed by the public on the two computers installed in the viewing lounge. The CD-ROMs on permanent loan from the Berlin media festival, “transmediale” are a valuable part of the collection.

The Video-Forum´s collection may be viewed at the following times after making an appointment under 030-280 70 20:
Tues & Thurs 2 ­ 9 PM
Weds & Fri 12 ­ 5 PM

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