The Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden is an exhibition venue for international modern and contemporary art. Built in 1909 to a design by architects Hermann Billing and Wilhelm Vittali at the park on Lichtentaler Allee, the museum has at its disposal nine sky-lit rooms and a cabinet (approx. 700 square metres in all) for mounting alternating exhibitions. The Neo-Classicist building, which houses no collection of its own, provides an ideal platform for staging dialogues between the artwork and its surrounding space; the versatility of this forum facilitates that dialogue in all the media (painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation).
The Kunsthalle owes its reputation in the international art context not just to its unusually attractive rooms, but also to its consistent promotion of contemporary art and its close cooperation with artists and international partners, a collaboration to which all the museum's directors have felt duty bound since the state of Baden-W├╝rttemberg took over the institution in 1952.
September 2002 saw the beginning of construction work on the building that will house the internationally first-rate Frieder Burda Collection, the Kunsthalle's partner and future neighbour. The years 2003 and 2004 also mean a period of reconstruction and renewal for the Kunsthalle. With due respect for the architecture of Hermann Billing, much-lauded by visitors, architects and artists alike, the Kunsthalle foyer is to be considerably extended so as to be able to accommodate new functions. The reconstruction will integrate the glazed bridge in the foyer linking the Kunsthalle and the Frieder Burda Collection, and a joint caf? for visitors to both museums will be included. What is more, during the day the foyer will also be an inspiring reading-room, while in the evening it can be a venue for film showings and other events. In the course of this re-building work in 2003/2004, the Kunsthalle will still be presenting exhibitions and projects and cultivating a concerted dialogue with its visitors in the form of lectures and talks with artists.