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About the Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien – Gallery and Programme

Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien is an exhibition space for contemporary art with a focus on current social and cultural issues. Central to the projects here are the meaningful contextualisation of themes and consideration for diversity, internationality, and local relevance. 

At 450 sqm. and with over 200 running metres wall surface, the space is well suited to mid-size exhibitions. Around six exhibition projects take place in a year, some of which are realised as a collaborative effort with other institutions, curators or artist groups. Additional programs such as tours, films, discussions, and artist talks function as reinforcement to the exhibitions. Given our own limited budget, we rely heavily on third-party funding and partnerships for our projects. Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien is an organisation of the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg District Council. 

Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien owns a collection of round 450 artworks, which includes art from Hans Baluschek, Erich Büttner and other artist, who lived in Kreuzberg like Hanefi Yeter, Akbar Behkalam, Luise Grimm or Christa Eichler. 

Built in 1847 by the order of Frederick William IV, Bethanien is a former hospital designed by Theodor Stein and continued to serve as one until 1970. The fight for Bethanien’s survival began immediately thereafter; plans to demolish and replace the building with social housing were countered through occupation, citizens‘ intiatives and conservationists. Since then, the building has offered space for cultural and artistic institutions. Aside from Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, there are the BBK Berlin printing studio, artist studios, project spaces for exhibitions and theater and dance, the Friedrichshain Kreuzberg district music school…
More Informations with an english summery: www.kunstquartier-bethanien.de

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Stéphane Bauer studied Sociology, Political Science, Macroeconomics and Psychology at the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Universität in Bonn and the Freien Universität Berlin. Since 1997 Stéphane has curated exhibitions at the Kunstamt Kreuzberg, Neuen Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst e.V. and in the Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien. Since 2002 Stéphane has been the director of the Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien. From 2002 – 2008 he has directed the annual two week seminar for international cultural mediators at the Goethe Institute in Berlin. Since 2006 he has been an instructor at the bbk (a publicly funded organization that supports the arts in Berlin) and has given lectures on exhibition management and organization.
He has been working at the Institute for Art in Context at the Universität der Künste in Berlin since 2008. Stéphane is also a member of the organization for ‘Rates für die Künste’ Berlin, which supports and advises arts organizations in the city. He is also a member of ‘Jour Fixe Bildende Kunst’ for the city of Berlin.