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Phone: +49 30 261 36 40
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DAAD Artists In Residence Berlin


The Berlin Artists-in-Residence programme, Berliner K√ľnstlerprogramm, is one of the most renowned international programs offering grants to artists in the fields of visual arts, literature, music and film. Each year, some 20 grants are awarded to international artists for approximately a one-year stay in Berlin. The names of over 930 former guests impressively underscore the quality of the programme. In its more than forty years of existence, it has made a significant contribution to the international representation of contemporary arts in Berlin.

From the very beginning, the Berliner K√ľnstlerprogramm has defined itself as a forum of artistic dialogue which extends beyond cultural, geographical and, certainly, beyond political borders. This forum is effective and vigorous not only through the work and presence of the artists living in the city, but also through the approximately 100 events a year which the Berliner K√ľnstlerprogramm hosts in conjunction with its guests in Berlin and other locations, and not least, by the international juries of experts in the four sections who decide upon the invitations to be issued.

The expressed intention of the Berliner K√ľnstlerprogramm is to create waves extending far beyond the capital city. Close cooperation with various cultural institutions, museums, literary, music and film festivals has led to a sustained, nationwide influence: many guests remain in Germany after their grants and so enhance the cultural scene, for example as temporary lecturers at colleges of art and universities in the Federal Republic. In this way, standpoints of the international artistic avant-garde ... [ Read all ]

Permanent Collection

Guests 2007

AN, Chengbi VR China
BARTIS, Attila Ungarn
FADANELLI, Guillermo Mexiko
GOMES, Marcelo Brasilien
HUWS, Bethan Großbritannien
KAMERIC, Sejla Bosnien-Herzegowina
LIM, Liza Australien
MAIDA, Clara Frankreich
OLOWSKA, Paulina Polen
ONDAK, Roman Slowakei
RASANAU, Ales Weißrussland
SABU, Japan
SIKANDER, Shahzia Pakistan
SOMMER, Piotr Poland
TOROSSIAN, Garine Kanada/Armenien
VORPSI, Ornela Albanien/Italien
WAJSBROT, Cecile Frankreich
ZMIJEWSKI, Artur Polen


The political changes in Europe after 1990 found their vivid and symbolic expression in the fall of the Berlin Wall and have turned Berlin into an especially attractive city. Visual artists are particularly attracted to the urban and architectural changes characterized by material and sculptural manifestations that emanate fascination. The rising number of applications in the visual arts section prompted a restructuring of the selection procedure in 1992. Since then, a more efficient nomination process has been applied by an international jury of experts. In the past years, this change has enabled the Berliner K√ľnstlerprogramm to invite to Berlin aspiring and important artists whose works have reflected aspects of the current urban situation in diverse and original ways.

For example, the Canadian Stan Douglas found an ideal setting for his interpretation of E.T.A. Hoffmann's "sandman motif" in the garden colonies of Berlin's suburbia. The British sculptress Rachel Whiteread encountered Berlin's Jewish history; her experiences resulted in a proposal for the construction of a monument for the city of Vienna recalling the persecution of Jews. The English sculptor Richard Wentworth discovered the city through multiple photographic "genre scenes", anonymous sculpted interferences in the cityscape which were later published in book form. Ren√©e Green lectured at the "free class" at the Hochschule der K√ľnste. For Damien Hirst, a most impressive installation evolved at the daadgalerie. Matt Mullican's flag installation located in Mies van der Rohe's building of the Neue Nationalgalerie dealt with reflections on art and the public, themes also reflected in the work of Dougla...+ [ Read all ]

Previous Exhibitions

Guests 2006

ABAD, Héctor Kolumbien
ADEAGBO, Georges Benin
ALIÅ ANKA, Eugenijus Litauen
AZGUIME, Miguel Portugal
BAJEVIC, Maja Bosnien-Herzegowina/Frankreich
Bauer, Martin Argentinien
BEN-NER, Guy Israel / USA
de ROOIJ, Willem Niederlande
DRAKULI√Ą‚Ć, Slavenka Kroatien / Schweden
FENZ, Robert USA
GADENST√É‚ÄěTTER, Clemens √É‚Äďsterreich
GERVASONI, Stefano Italien
GRANT, Brendan Irland
NORMANDEAU, Robert Kanada
ORTEGA, Damián Mexiko
REIBENBACH, Tsipi Israel
SASSON, Rony Israel
TOMIC, Milica Serbien / Montenegro
van KERCKHOVEN, Anne-Mie Belgien
V√É‚ÄįGEL, L√ɬ°szl√ɬ≥ Serbien / Montenegro
V√É‚ÄďR√É‚ÄďS, Istv√ɬ°n Ungarn
WABERI, Abdourahman Dschibuti / Frankreich

Guests 2005

ANDR√É‚Äį, Mark Frankreich
√ɬĀNJEL, Memo (Jos√ɬ© Guillermo) Kolumbien
BRAILA, Pavel Moldau
CHRISTENSEN, Inger Dänemark
DJAMBAZOV, Vladimir Bulgarien
DOCKX, Nico Belgien
ENDO, Takumi Japan
ENYEDI, Ildikó Ungarn
GOSS, Jacqueline USA
ISMAILOVA, Saodat Usbekistan
IVEKOVIC, Sanja Kroatien
NARKEVICIUS, Deimatas Litauen
RONCHETTI, Lucia Italien
SWEENEY, Matthew Irland
TEIXEIRA, Paulo Portugal
TOEPLITZ, Kasper T. Polen
TORFS, Ana Belgien
ŠTEGER, Aleš Slowenien

Guests 2004

AINOUZ, Karim Brasilien
BANULESCU, Daniel Rumänien
BORKOVEC, Petr Tschechische Republik
CELATI, Gianni Italien
CHICHKAN, Iliya Ukraine
DI SCIPIO, Agostino Italien
FENG, Li VR China
GALAN JULVE, Celia Spanien
IMAI, Shintaro Japan
LOU, Ye VR China
MICHALOPOULOU, Amanda Griecheland
SALA, Anri Albanien/Frankreich
TAN, Xu VR Chin...+ [ Read all ]


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Opening hours

Mon-Sat: 11-18h

Getting there

DAAD - Artists in Residence
Markgrafenstraße 37
10117 Berlin
Fax: +49 30 204 12 67

Zimmerstr. 90/91
10117 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 261 36 40

Liaison Office Education / Research
Secretary - Liaison Office:
Monika Spinczyk (click here to send message:
Phone: +49 30 20 22 08 30

Artists-in-Residence Programme (BKP)

Secretary - BKP
Application Procedure BKP:
Sandra Gerbrandt (click here to send message:
Phone: +49 30 20 22 08 20

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News and events

The Artistic domains of the DAAD


An essential point in selecting guests for the music section has been to invite internationally-known composers who could give innovative incentives to the then largely conventional character of Berlin's musical life. The guests in the 60s and 70s were György Kurtág, Krzystof Penderecki, György Ligeti, Isang Yun, John Cage, Morton Feldman, and others. In the 80s, an increasing number of invitations were extended to composers representing the newest trends in electro-acoustic music and performance art, among them Luigi Nono, Bill Fontana, Fast Forward, Shelley Hirsch, Fatima Miranda, David Moss, Gordon Monahan, Sainkho Namtchylak, and Carles Santos.


Berlin's aura, the famous "Himmel √ľber Berlin", does not only inspire fine artists, musicians and writers, but also filmmakers from all over the world. Events in the field such as the "Berlin International Film Festival ", the location of many production companies, numerous programme cinemas and not least the large network of filmmakers here make Berlin into an attractive cinematic metropolis. The film programme, therefore, mainly serves the presentation and mediation of the guests' work. Opportunity is given to establish contacts, show films, formulate film-scripts and screenplays, and - in the most fortunate of cases - this leads to funding and realization of a film project. Istv√°n Szab√≥'s "Mephisto" and Otar Iosseliani's "La chasse aux papillons" would not have been made without the filmmakers' stay in Berlin.


Literary dialogue is always a dialogue between cultures. In the most literal sense, this dialogue is conducted and engaged by the authors ...+ [ Read all ]


Guest Lectureships

Three sections of the DAAD Berliner K√ľnstlerprogramm - visual arts, literature and music - have recently become associated with Berlin's universities through guest lectureships. Foreign literary figures, composers, academics, art historians and critics are invited to Berlin for one semester in order to teach as guest lecturers at the universities.

Together with the Humboldt University Berlin, the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz and the Stiftung Brandenburger Tor attached to the Bankgesellschaft Berlin, the DAAD established a Rudolf Arnheim Guest Lectureship in Art History at the Humboldt University in the winter semester of 2000/2001. Since then, the guest lecturers have been: Sarat Maharaj (Great Britain), Barbara Maria Stafford (USA), Bojana Pejic (Serbia), Catherine David (France), Ali Akay (Turkey), Ján Bakos (Slovakia), Anna Wessely (Hungary), Bice Curiger (Switzerland).

The guest lectureship is dedicated to the emeritus professor of art psychology Rudolf Arnheim, the co-founder of Gestalt psychology. Arnheim developed the theory of "visual thinking" and creativity as survival strategies with exemplary clarity. His book "Film as Art" (1933) is a classic of film theory. Today Arnheim lives in the USA, where he was delighted to hear the news that a guest lectureship was to be named after him.

In cooperation with the Freie Universit√§t Berlin, S. Fischer publishers Frankfurt am Main/Berlin and the "events forum" of the publishing group Georg von Holtzbrinck, the DAAD has established a Samuel Fischer Guest Lectureship in Literature at the Freie Universit√§t Berlin. Far from the well-trodden paths of academia, the author at the univ...+ [ Read all ]


Application Process

The application form of the Berliner K√ɬľnstlerprogramm can be downloaded here in file format. Simply click with the mouse on the following link and the file will be shown on the screen.
formular.pdf, (44k).

(Acrobat Reader 4, which is needed to open the file can be downloaded here:

The application procedure requires the submission of the completed application form and the following work materials:

1. Writers:
Own publications (preferably in German, otherwise in English or French; if possible) - but please no more than 4 or 5 books / reviews. No manuscripts.

2. Composers:
Scores, records, CDs, DVDs, tapes , videos, own publications, but no more than 3-4 samples please. The material ought to be co-ordinated very precisely, i.e. the score, the description of the work, photos and videos belonging to the samples should also be submitted. If specific pieces should be listened to, they should be marked accordingly.

3. Filmmakers:
Scripts, videotapes, if possible films - only Super 8 or 16mm, but no more than 2 films or videotapes please. Synopsis of film in German, English or French required, if the film is not shot or sub-titled in one of these languages.

All materials sent in must be clearly marked with name and year of origin, they will be returned by surface mail after the decision on selection has been made. The DAAD cannot assume any responsibility for submitted materials.

Please note::
Every year, invitations coupled with grants are extended to approx. 15 to 20 internationally known artists as well as to painters, sculp...+ [ Read all ]