Auftakt 2022 Prelude 2022

14–20 May 2022

Online format
Event Series

nGbK, Oranienstraße 25, 10999 Berlin
Raum 139, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin
station urbaner kulturen, Auerbacher Ring 41, 12619 Berlin


Dorothee Albrecht, Sven Bergelt , Gabriele Göbel, Erik Göngrich, Nanni Grau, Christine Henniger, Ina Heyner, Paula-Marie Kanefendt, Kata Krasznahorkai, Verena Kyselka, Christin Lahr, Annette Maechtel, Michaela Melián, Christin Müller, Kathrin Peters, Christian Posthofen, Anna Schäffler, Franziska Schmidt, Frank Schönert, İrem Sözen, Gabriele Stötzer, Sonia Voss, Harriet Wollert

Presentation of the project proposals for 2023

Which themes will make up the nGbK program for 2023?

All projects submitted for 2023 will be shown at nGbK and on its website for one week. Groups applying for next year present their ideas and approaches to the association and to the public. This launches a process of engagement, consultation, and discussion, after which the association’s members vote for projects, deciding the following year’s program. The presentation of project proposals is accompanied by a range of events.


Friday, 13 May 2022, from 14:00
Opening of the exhibition

Saturday, 14 May 2022, 12:00–14:00 (de)
Meeting point: Cottbusser Platz U5
Guided tour in Hellersdorf

station urbaner kulturen/nGbK Hellersdorf is a discursive event/exhibition space, as well being a branch of the nGbK. The tour visits the current exhibition “Lucien Kroll in Hellersdorf. Eine Baustelle” and tells of the visions of local residents and artists for the neighborhood, ending in the “Place Internationale” park, next to the refugee accommodation center on Maxie-Wander-Strasse, where local residents working with the station urbaner kulturen project group have installed a neighborhood garden and a cricket pitch. From 14:00, a women’s cricket tournament will take place.

Saturday, 14 May 2022, 16:00–18:00 (de)
nGbK exhibition space + Livestream
Book launch: „comment . comment . comment“ with Paula-Marie Kanefendt and Sven Bergelt in conversation with Anna Voswinckel

For comment . comment . comment, a project realized as part of the nGbK outreach scholarship, Paula-Marie Kanefendt and Sven Bergelt explored ways of initiating engagement with the action “Democracy Poll/Demokratische Erhebung” (1990) by artists’ collective Group Material based on materials from the nGbK archive. The principles of dialog and relationality play a central role—in the project, in the accompanying publication, and in the book launch.
In conversation with curator Anna Voswinckel, who has worked on nGbK projects including … oder kann das weg? Fallstudien zur Nachwende, looking at the action from today’s viewpoint once again opens up spaces for reflection and enables a discussion of (dis-)continuities.

Saturday, 14 May 2022, 18:30 (de)
nGbK exhibition space + Livestream
Panel “Networks of Care. Preserving and discarding as a political challenge. What’s next?”

In 2021, the Networks of Care workshop offered a platform at the nGbK for practitioners and experts to exchange views on strategies for dealing with artistic bequests and estates, private and public archives, or neglected bodies of documentation. Following the launch of the book, whose diverse and contradictory texts show that practices of preserving and discarding are always also political, a panel will discuss the necessary next steps in this structural and political task.
Panelists: Michael Melián (artist; steering committee, Society for Artist Research), Christin Lahr (artist; Professor of Media Art at the Academy of Fine Arts, Leipzig), Christine Henniger (conceptual team, TanzArchiv Berlin), Anna Schäffler (art historian; curator), Annette Maechtel (managing Director, nGbK)

Sunday, 15 May 2022, 13:00–16:00 (de)
in public space + Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 13
Walk “nGbK auf dem Weg zu Neuen Nachbarschaften“

Walk from the nGbK on Oranienstrasse to Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse with inputs
Meeting point: courtyard of the nGbK, Oranienstrasse 25, 10999 Berlin. Moderator: Olga Schubert

Input: Eigentum und Alltag in der Oranienstraße by the Im Dissens project group (in German)

Input: Marx-Engels-Forum - JA! by Erik Göngrich
Remarks on the Marx-Engels sculpture and on the history and future of a forum and its surroundings (in German).

The nGbK in its new Space on Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse
Formerly on Kaiser-Wilhelm-Strasse, formerly at the heart of the East German capital, formerly a McDonald’s, Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 13, 10178 Berlin, 1st floor, access by escalator or elevator.

New Neighborhoods: an Oral History Project – Three short readings
Christian Posthofen reads texts from and about the neighborhood (in German)

Karl-Marx-Allee/ Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse in Layers – Assemblage
Dorothee Albrecht speaks about Karl-Marx-Allee/Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse in Layers as part of Cultural Houses, Clubs and Spaces of the Future (in German).

Monday, 16 May 2022, 17:00 (en)
Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Studio 139
Studio visit and talk with İrem Sözen

Moderated by: Sandra Bartoli

Since January 2022, Istanbul artist İrem Sözen has been in Berlin on the artist-in-residence scholarship funded by Berlin’s Senate Office for Culture and Europe. During her stay she is continuing a project she began in 2016 with photographs from Berlin’s botanical garden and zoo, focusing on relations between humans and nonhumans, the history of these relations, and nonverbal attributions of meaning.

The Senate scholarship program is made possible by a cooperation between neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK) and Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien in Berlin, as well as DEPO in Istanbul.

Tuesday, 17 May 2022, 18:00 (de)
nGbK exhibition space
Presentation “Umbau Karl-Liebknecht-Straße” with architecture office Hütten & Paläste

Moderated by: Christa Kamleithner

In December 2021, the nGbK launched a competition to convert a former McDonald’s (710m2 floor space) into an exhibition, events, work and office space, taking into account its long-term usage after the departure of the nGbK (scheduled for 2027) and the development of a curatorial practice. The architects c/o now, coopdisco and Büro für Konstruktivismus were invited to take part. A jury consisting of experts on architecture (Elisabeth Endres, Christa Kamleithner, Anh-Linh-Ngo) and art (Joerg Franzbecker, Annette Maechtel, Olga Schubert) unanimously selected the design by Hütten & Paläste. Nanni Grau and Frank Schönert from Hütten & Paläste will use a model to present their concept and its potential for reconfiguration, followed by a discussion with members.

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 18:00 (de)
nGbK exhibition space
Performance “Hosen haben Röcke an. Die Künstlerinnengruppe Erfurt 1984—1994”

Following the exhibition “Hosen haben Röcke an. Die Künstlerinnengruppe Erfurt 1984—1994” at the nGbK, members of the Erfurt Women Artists’ Group, together with the curators and editors, present the catalogue of the same name, due to be published by the nGbK and Hatje Cantz in 2022.

With a short film on the exhibition and a discussion with its artists and curators moderated by Kathrin Peters (in German), the topicality and relevance of the women artists’ group will be explored with reference to this first comprehensive publication of the subject, as well as taking a look at the working processes of artists’ collectives then and now. In addition, members of the Künstlerinnengruppe will perform together for the first time since 1994, reviving the collective’s diversity of voices.

The publication and the event have received funding from the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation, Essen.

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