Art Education

Christian Naujoks, Untitled, 2008, Foto: Fred Dott


The foundation history of the Kunstverein already shows that it has always been a venue for cultural commitment and debates in Hamburg. In 1817, people recognized that the city lacked a place for exchange on contemporary art, so a group got together spontaneously and founded a society for this purpose. Until today, the members are concerned not only with their own society, but with cultural life in the entire city. The Kunstverein is therefore not only a venue for exhibiting and communicating art, but also a platform for discussions and constructive disputes.

In 2017, Hamburg is influenced by two major cultural events: the long-awaited opening of the Elbphilharmonie and the 200th anniversary of the Kunstverein. This extraordinary constellation promises to attract a lot of attention to cultural activities – both negative and positive. For this reason, the Kunstverein will launch the discussion series POSITIONS – On Art and Culture in Hamburg as a platform for lively debates.

In an interdisciplinary and cross-institutional manner, representatives of large venues, small off-spaces, and politics will have a say in responding to the question: “Quo vadis, Hamburg?” The POSITIONS address current cultural problems, issues, and challenges in Hamburg. A special concern of the series is to involve citizens, because we do not want to talk to each other in a cultural ivory tower, but invite the audience to actively participate in the debates.