ARCH+ features 120: nGbK – Kunstumbau

Fri, 15.9.23, 5.30 pm Type: Guided Tour, Roundtable Languages: German Location: nGbK am Alex Address: Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 11/13, 10178 Berlin Fee: free Organizer: neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst and ARCH+

Guided tour with opening of the facade work (17:30) and a roundtable discussion (19:00)

with Nanni Grau and Frank Schönert (Hütten & Paläste), Folke Köbberling (artist) and Annette Maechtel (nGbK)

Moderation: Christian Hiller (ARCH+, co-curator of the German Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale and the exhibition The Great Repair).

The displacement of non-profit cultural spaces is progressing. Following a change of ownership, the new Gesellschaft für bildende (nGbK) lost its traditional premises on Oranienstraße in Berlin after 30 years. Despite massive protests, one of the most important German art associations had to give up its exhibition rooms in the summer of 2022.
At the beginning of August, it moved into state-owned premises on Karl-Liebknecht-Straße at Alexanderplatz for temporary use, which will be opened on September 13. The architectural firm Hütten & Paläste has built the commercial space in a prefabricated concrete slab building. A reconfigurable reconfigurable spatial concept transforms the approx. 700 m2 space into exhibition, event, working and office space, which has already been with a view to subsequent use by future cultural actors. Interventions in the existing building have been kept to a minimum and spatial  reduced to the essentials. For all new installations, ecological materials such as straw panels and clay.

After a tour through the new spaces, Annette Maechtel, the managing director of nGbK, the artist Folke Köbberling, who will contribute a facade installation as part of the conversion and the architects Nanni Grau and Frank Schönert from Hütten & Paläste with Christian Hiller will discuss the connection between conversion, after-use and sustainability.

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13.9.23, 5.00 pm

New space of the nGbK at Alexanderplatz

Type: Opening Location: nGbK am Alex