Institution
Personalia

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

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

Boards and Committees
2020–2017
Board: David Bartusch (Chairman), Daniel de Olano (Deputy Chairman), Dr. Joachim Kreibohm (Deputy Chairman), Michael Schaefers (Treasurer), Marion Bertram (Secretary)

2015
Board: David Bartusch (1st Chairman), Dr. Joachim Kreibohm (Deputy Chairman), Daniel de Olano (Deputy Chairman), Thomas Oberem (Treasurer), Marion Bertram (Secretary)

2011
Board: David Bartusch (1st Chairman), Barbara Alms (Deputy Chairwoman), Dr. Joachim Kreibohm (Deputy Chairman), Dieter Eckert (Treasurer), Marion Bertram (Secretary)

2009
Board: Dr. Knut Nievers (1st Chairman), Dr. Joachim Kreibohm (Deputy Chairman), Dieter Eckert (Deputy Chairman), Frauke Ellßel (Treasurer), Karin Puck (Secretary)

2007
Board: Dr. Knut Nievers (1st Chairman), Dr. Joachim Kreibohm (Deputy Chairman), Frauke Ellßel (Treasurer), Karin Puck (Secretary)

2006
Board: Gisela Wohlfarth (1st Chairwoman), Bernd Becker (2nd Chairman), Karin Puck (2nd Chairwoman), Gerhard Meyer (Treasurer), Uwe Waldmann (Secretary)

2005–2004
Board: Gisela Wohlfarth (1st Chairwoman), Bernd Becker (2nd Chairman), Joachim Klement (2nd Chairman), Gerhard Meyer (Treasurer), Karin Puck (Secretary)

20032001
Board: Gisela Wohlfarth (1st Chairwoman), Bernd Becker (2nd Chairman), Joachim Klement (2nd Chairman), Gerhard Meyer (Treasurer), Michael Kasprick (Schriftführer)

2000–1996
Board: Gisela Wohlfahrt (1st Chairwoman), Bernd Becker (2nd Chairman), Michael Kasprick (3rd Chairman), Gerd Meyer (Treasurer)

1995–1994
Board: Dr. Joachim Kreibohm (1st Chairman), Luc Lepère (2nd Chairman), Rainer B. Schossig (3rd Chairman), Gerhard Meyer (Treasurer), Michael Kasprick, Uwe Kirsch, Gisela Wohlfahrt

1994–1993
Board: Dr. Joachim Kreibohm (1st Chairman), Luc Lepère (2nd Chairman), Uwe Kirsch (3rd Chairman), Gerhard Meyer (Treasurer), Rainer Berthold Schossig (Secretary)

1992–1991
Board: Birgit Waller (1st Chairwoman), Jürgen Blunck (2nd Chairman), Dr. Ruth Wöbkemeier (3rd Chairwoman)
Coordination Committee: Barbara Alms, Prof. Bernd Altenstein, Susanne Bollenhagen, Jürgen Blunck, Imgard Dahms, Wolfram Goldrapp, Silke Hennig, Addi Jürgens, Michael Lapuks, Birgit Waller, Rainer Weisel

1991–1989
Board: Wolfgang Goldapp (1st Chairman), Michael Kasprick (2nd Chairman, Treasurer), Birgit Waller (Secretary)
Coordination Committee: Barbara Alms, Prof. Bernd Altenstein, Imgard Dahms, Maria A. Mahlberg-Tippel, Hans-Detlef Mathis, Tilman Rothermel, Prof. Wolfgang Schmitz, Udo Seinsoth, Mathias Spiecker, Birgit Waller, Rainer Weisel, Ruth Wöbkemeier

1988–1986
Board: Wolfgang Goldapp (1st Chairman), Prof. Wolfgang Schmitz (2nd Chairman), Michael Kasprick (3rd Chairman, Treasurer)
Coordination Committee: Prof. Bernd Altenstein, Imgard Dahms, Wolfgang Goldapp, Michael Kasprick, Maria A. Mahlberg-Tippel, Hans-Detlef Mathis, Tilman Rothermel, Prof. Wolfgang Schmitz, Udo Seinsoth, Mathias Spiecker, Ruth Wöbkemeier

1986–1984
Board: Luc Lepère (1st Chairman), Udo Seinsoth (2nd Chairman, Treasurer), Prof. Bernd Altenstein (3rd Chairman)
Coordination Committee: Prof. Bernd Altenstein, Imgard Dahms, Luc Lepère, Maria A. Mahlberg-Tippel, Hans-Detlef Mathis, B. Jub Mönster, Hartmut Neumann, Prof. Wolfgang Schmitz, Renate Paulsen, Udo Seinsoth, Mathias Spiecker, Ruth Wöbkemeier

1984–1982
Board: Prof. Bernd Altenstein (1st Chairman), Luc Lepère (2nd Chairman), Udo Seinsoth (3rd Chairman)
Coordination Committee: Prof. Bernd Altenstein, Imgard Dahms, Luc Lepère, Maria A. Mahlberg-Tippel, Hans-Detlef Mathis, B. Jub Mönster, Renate Paulsen, Edgar H. Puvogel, Udo Seinsoth, Mathias Spiecker, Prof. Jürgen Waller; kooptiert: Dr. Knut Nievers

1982–1980
Board: Prof. Jürgen Waller, Luc Lepère, Rolf-Andreas Wienbeck
Coordination Committee: Prof. Bernd Altenstein, Dr. Guido Boulboullé, Luc Lepère, B. Jub Mönster, Thomas Recker, Günther Roeder, Jürgen Schmiedekampf, Margret Storck, Otto Völker, Prof. Jürgen Waller, Rolf-Andreas Wienbeck

About

The Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst was founded on 30 July 1980 in Bremen as a non-profit art association (Kunstverein). At the same time, renovation of the spaces in the Weserburg began so that the first exhibition could take place in February 1981. Since then, the GAK has shown over 200 exhibitions 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.

Awards
2013, nominated for the “ART COLOGNE-ADKV Prize”
2012, nominated for the “ART COLOGNE-ADKV Prize”, Special appreciation of the jury
2012, “The Walters Prize 2012” for Kate Newbys exhibition „Crawl Out Your Window“, GAK 2010
2001, “Adam Elsheimer Prize” of the ART FRANKFURT

Profile
From the very beginning, the GAK’s declared aim has been to exhibit contemporary art. What was understood by this changed. In the still young history of the Kunstverein, only a few striking aspects should be mentioned: the initial strong orientation toward the Bremen art scene; the exhibition “Roxy’s” by Edward Kienholz, which has since become, in a sense, a cornerstone of the collection at the Neues Museum Weserburg; the sound installations that determined the program as an important focus in the 1980s; then, in the 1990s, the slow but clear transition from more formal-media, space-oriented exhibitions of installation, photography, and painting to a reflection of the intensified artistic engagement with autobiography, identity, culture, and politics. The following twenty years were characterized by an increasing focus on art in public space, internationalization, institutional professionalization and enhanced cooperation with universities and art academies. At the same time, 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 – was subject of an important cultural-political debate on the location of the “Teerhof” areal.

Literature
Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen. 2000–1980
Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst e.V., Bremen. 1995–1980

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!

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

Program

Preview

Tue 07 Apr 2020, 7pm
Bremer Atelier IV: Natascha Sadr Haghighian
Studio Visit
postponed

June 2020
Members’ art trip to sonsbeek20>24
postponed to 2021

Archive

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
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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 Hanover

21 Feb 2015
Members’ art trip to Hamburg and Lüneburg

19–21 Sep 2014
Members’ art trip to Berlin

5 Apr 2014
Member’s art trip to Hamburg

25 Jan 2014
MitMember’s art trip to Cologne

23 Nov 2013
Member’s art trip to Hanover

07 Aug 2010
Member’s art trip to Lingen

19 Jun 2010
Member’s art trip to Hamburg

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
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

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