Köln - Cologne


Die Brücke - Hahnenstraße 6

Phone: +49 (0)221 217021
Fax: +49 (0)221 210651
Website: http://www.koelnischerkun

Kölnischer Kunstverein

The Kölnischer Kunstverein (Art Association of Cologne) was founded in 1839. As one of the oldest art associations in Germany and with 2000 members it is one of the most renowned exhibition institutions, and its activities are highly regarded not only in Cologne and the surrounding region, but also internationally. The main focus of the Kölnischer Kunstverein is to enable exhibitions that are determined by artistic demands and which intensify the confrontation with international art of today.

The Kölnischer Kunstverein building in Cäcilienstrasse was demolished in fall 2002. A museum complex is to be built in its place in the next few years. The Kunstverein has found new quarters in the "Brücke" ("The Bridge" - former British Council). The architecture of the "Brücke", its location in the center of Cologne, and most of all the context of the building in the history of ideas offer interesting conditions for the presentation, communication and discussion of contemporary art. The "Brücke" was built in 1949/50 by the architect Wilhelm Riphahn, who was charged with establishing a symbolic place of dialogue in the city destroyed by the war. This goal meant taking art and culture as a medium for mutual understanding and reconciliation among people and nations marked by war. With the former library of the British Council and a cinema and theater hall, the structure of the "Brücke" provides an infrastructure that forms the basis for developing new models of communication and space, contributing not only to the sensual experience of art, but also fostering theoretical discussion and reflection and helping to question the production conditions of art.
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The key point: happening and fluxus, 1970, selected and presented by Marcel Odenbach
20 April–21 December 2007
more info http://www.koelnischerkunstverein.de/english/content/ausstellungen2.html

Previous Exhibitions

Museum of Noise
Mark Bain & James Beckett
The catalogue of 'Museum of Noise' is now available (19,– € /15,– €)

Exhibition: „No danube“ – Cameron Jamie, Peter Kogler, Kurt Kren 4. Nov – 17. Dec 2006
Exhibition: Sanja Ivekovic 1. Sep – 15. Oct 2006
Exhibition: Jutta Koether 27. May – 13. Aug 2006
Exhibition: Projekt Migration 1 Oct 2005 – 15 Jan 2006

Symposium: Transnationale Europe II. germany, europe and global migration movements 10 Nov. – 13 Nov.
Exhibition: Projekt Migration 1 Oct. 2005 – 15 Jan. 2006
Exhibition: Trisha Donnelly, CENTRAL Art Prize 25 June – 4 Sept.
Concerts: Immigrant Song (selected by Olaf Karnik and Felix Klopotek) 11 June – 15 July
Lectures: Kunst & Migration (selected by Kathrin Rhomberg and Marion von Osten) 25 May – 7 July
Exhibition: Cezary Bodzianowski, On and Off 18 Feb. – 15 May
Panels: Heterotopien (selected by Mark Terkessidis) 16 Feb. – 27 April
Films: Die Grenze (selected by Thomas Arslan) 10 Feb. – 27 Feb.
Exhibition: Cosima von Bonin, 2 positions at once 30 Oct. 2004 – 16 Jan. 2005

Films: Fresh Aufhebung – Künstlerisches Interesse am philosophisch verneinten Wunderglauben (selected by Jutta Koether)
2 Sept. – 16 Oct.
Exhibition: Deutschland sucht 17 July – 19 Sept.
Films: Blut ohne Boden – Boden ohne Blut (selected by Slavoj Žižek) 11 June – 3 July
Exhibition: Roman Ondák, Spirit & Opportunity 1 May – 27 June
Films: Masse und Monument – Migration und Hollywood (selected by ...+ [ Read all ]

Forthcoming exhibitions

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Variable entry prices according to the current exhibition

Members free

Yearly membership fees

Full Member
Euro 52,-

Family Membership
Euro 13,-

Reduced rate (for students, trainees)
Euro 11,-

Corporate membership (for companies, sponsors and patrons)
Euro 500,-

Opening hours

Tuesday–Friday 1–7 pm

Saturday and Sunday 12–6 pm

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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News and events

Project Migration



Annual Gifts

Since its founding in the 19th century, the annual gifts have formed an important component of the work of the Kölnischer Kunstverein. Internationally renowned artists offer members exclusive editions that have been specially produced for the Kunstverein. The sales profits represent an important economic foundation for the Kunstverein, thus providing essential support for contemporary art.

For questions and orders, please contact:

Ulla Bönnen
Kölnischer Kunstverein
Die Brücke, Hahnenstraße 6
D-50667 Köln

Telefon +49-221-217021
Telefax +49-221-210651
Tues. – Thurs. 10 am – 12 noon and 2 pm – 5 pm, Fri. 10 am – 12 noon

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We participate in the Project Migration http://www.projektmigration.de/english/


From the beginning, the Kunstverein as both an idea and an institution has not only been founded on the interest and support of the public, but also legitimized through them. Membership still remains a symbolic sign of recognition for the work and mission of the Kunstverein.

Advantages of membership in the Kölnischer Kunstverein:

Free admission to the Kölnischer Kunstverein and most German art associations.

Personal invitation with special information for specific events.

Free admission to all events of the Kölnischer Kunstverein (cinema, lectures, discussions) and reduced admission to cinema events of the Filmclub 813.

Invitations to our exhibitions and all special events (tours, lectures, artist discussions, panel discussions, music, art expeditions and much more).

Discount on all publications of the Kölnischer Kunstverein.

Annual gift in small editions at a preferential price, i.e. art works produced by international artists in limited editions for the Kölnischer Kunstverein and offered exclusively to our members.

Art excursions organized especially for our members.


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