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The GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst was founded on 30 July 1980 in Bremen as a non-profit art association (Kunstverein) and 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, Günter Roeder, Udo Seinsoth, Margret Storck, Otto Völker, Rolf-Andreas Wienbeck

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

2001, Adam Elsheimer Prize of the ART FRANKFURT
2012, nominated for the ART COLOGNE-ADKV Prize
2013, nominated for the ART COLOGNE-ADKV Prize

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 – in the same building complex with the Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst and the Center for Artists’ Publications – has become subject to a politico-cultural debate about the “Teerhof” areal.

More information here.


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 →
SEPA Direct Debit Mandate PDF →

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.–*
– Duo: Euro 80.–
– Patron: Euro 150.–
– Company: upon consultation
*reduced for artists and students



Tue 07 Apr 2020, 7pm
Bremer Atelier IV: Natascha Sadr Haghighian
Studio Visit
Please register until 22.03.



Tue 11 Nov 2019
Bremer Atelier III: Korpys/Löffler
Studio visit with Monika Bayer-Wermuth, curator at Museum Brandhorst, Munich

04–06 Oct 2019
Members’ art trip to Leipzig
Download Program →

3 Aug 2019
Bremer Atelier II: Jochen Lempert
Studio visit with Anja Dreschke, visual anthropologist, Cologne

27 Apr 2019
Bremer Atelier I: Wolfgang Hainke
Studio visit with Pierre Leguillon, artist, Brussels

06–07 Apr 2019
Members’ art trip to Cologne and Neuss
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02 Sep 2017
Members’ art trip to Skulptur Projekte Münster

11 Jun 2016
Members’ art trip to Hamburg

11 Apr 2015
Members’ art trip to Hannover

21 Feb 2015
Members’ art trip to Hamburg and Lüneburg

19–21 Sep 2014
Members’ art trip to Berlin


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


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
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Dutch Embassy Berlin
Karin and Uwe Hollweg Foundation
Hypo Kulturstiftung
Bureau des arts plastiques of the Institut français and the French Ministry of Culture
Waldemar Koch Foundation
Alfried Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach-Foundation
Lietuvos kultūros institutas (LKI) – Lithuanian Culture Institute
Stiftung Kunstfonds
Portuguese Embassy / Instituto Camões
Q-International. La Quadriennale di Roma
Beate + Hartmut Schaefers Foundation
Senator of Construction, Environment and Traffic of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen
Stroom The Hague


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


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