Institution
About

The GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst was founded in 1980 in Bremen as a non-profit art association (Kunstverein) und is one of the most important art institutions in Northern Germany. It is member of the ADKV, Germany’s umbrella organization for art associations.

Founding members
Jürgen Waller (initiator), Bernd Altenstein, Luc Lepère, Günther Roeder, Udo Seinsoth, Margret Storck, Otto Völker, Rolf-Andreas Wienbeck

Directors
Knut Nievers, 1980–1982
Dorothée Bauerle, 1983
Barbara Claassen-Schmal, 1983–1992
Eva Schmidt, 1992–2003
Gabriele Mackert, 2004–2007
Janneke de Vries, 2008–2018
Regina Barunke, since 2019

Awards
2001, Adam Elsheimer Prize of the art Frankfurt
2012, nominated for the ART COLOGNE-ADKV Prize
2013, nominated for the ART COLOGNE-ADKV Prize

Profile
Since the last decades, the GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst presents a highly professional programme of exhibitions and events with a strong international focus. Artists such as Edward Kienholz, Tracey Emin or Peter Doig were shown here before they became internationally known. Being as a sensor for new artistic tendencies and theoretical and curatorial discourses in contemporary art, it regularly cooperates with partner institutions as well as art academies and universities. Its exposed location on the Weser island – together with the Weserburg Museum and the Research Center for Artists’ Publications and vis-à-vis to the Künstlerhaus – has become subject to a politico-cultural debate about the “Teerhof” areal.

Members
Membership

Become a member in the GAK
become part of a network of enthusiastic artists, curators, culture producers and art lovers and lend your support to one of the most progressive institutions for contemporary art in Northern Germany. We look forward to welcoming you!

Application form PDF →
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The Advantage of Membership
– Free admission to exhibitions and events of the GAK
– Free admission to 300 German Kunstvereine affiliated with the ADKV
– Discounts on artist editions and publications
– Exclusive membership program
– Personal invitations to exhibitions and events, and membership card
– Welcome gift

Types of Membership
– Individual: Euro 60.– / 24.–*
– Gift membership: Euro 50.–
– Duo: Euro 50.–
– Patron: Euro 150.–
– Company: upon consultation
*reduced for artists and students

Programme

Preview
Sat 27 Apr 2019, 11–12.30am
Bremer Atelier I: Wolfgang Hainke
Special guest: Pierre Leguillon, artist, Brussels
Number of participants: 10
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Archive
06–07 Apr 2019, Art trip to Cologne and Neuss
02 Sep 2017, Art trip to Skulptur Projekte Münster
11 Jun 2016, Art trip to Hamburg
11 Apr 2015, Art trip to Hannover
21 Feb 2015, Art trip to Hamburg and Lüneburg
19-21 Sep 2014, Art trip to Berlin

Funding
Institutional

The GAK is institutionally funded by
Senator of Culture of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen

Project

List of recent and former project funders und supporters of the GAK
Heinz A. Bockmeyer Foundation
BWB Bremer Wertpapierbörse Foundation
British Council
České Centrum
Columbus Holding
Danish Arts Foundation
Deutsche Factoring Bank
Flemish authorities
Goethe-Institut
Karin and Uwe Hollweg Foundation
Hypo Kulturstiftung
Waldemar Koch Foundation
Alfried Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach-Foundation
Lietuvos kultūros institutas (LKI) – Lithuanian Culture Institute
Stiftung Kunstfonds
Portuguese Embassy / Instituto Camões
Embassy of the Netherlands
Beate + Hartmut Schaefers Foundation
Senator of Construction, Environment and Traffic of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen
Stroom The Hague

Sponsors

List of recent and former sponsors of the GAK
Clean Run Service Team
Vitsœ

Cooperation

List of recent and former cooperation partners
HfK University of the Arts, Bremen
Künstlerhaus Bremen
Kunsthaus Hamburg
Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof
Kunstverein München
Schwankhalle Bremen
Studienzentrum für Künstlerpublikationen