KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art
The extraordinary space of the former Kindl brewery in Berlin’s Neukölln district is now the site of the KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art. Since October 2016, the KINDL has presented international contemporary art across three floors in the Power House and in the spectacular Boiler House with its twenty-metre-high ceiling. In 2014 the Boiler House was the first part of the building to open with the installation Kitfox Experimental, an airplane hanging vertically in the middle of the room, which was developed by the artist Roman Signer especially for this unconventional space.
In autumn 2011, the German-Swiss couple Burkhard Varnholt and Salome Grisard purchased the building complex of the former Kindl brewery with the aim of making it into a cultural venue. The listed red-brick building was constructed between 1926 and 1930 in a style reminiscent of German Expressionism. In addition to a seven-storey tower, it includes the twenty-metre-high Boiler House, the Brew House with six copper boilers, and the three-storey Power House. The architects Dr. Krekeler & Partner were responsible for the extensive renovations. The design and concept came from the Zurich-based office grisard’architektur. The renovation work included a new saw-tooth roof on the Power House and a revamped eastern facade, where the main entrance area is located. In a sensitive yet architecturally pioneering approach to the historical building, a foyer and an exterior stairway were added here.
The ensemble of the Boiler House, Brew House, and Power House still attest to their original functions within the brewery. These characteristic spaces and parts of the building allow for a variety of potential uses. Visitors can experience an ongoing interaction of three different exhibition formats: in the Boiler House, once a year an international artist will be invited to realise a single work for this unique setting. The Power House offers space across three floors for one monographic and one thematic exhibition of international contemporary art. The Swiss curator and art critic Andreas Fiedler serves as artistic director of the institution.
The Brew House with its six giant copper vats—once the largest of their kind in Europe—is now also once again open to the public. In the former Palace of Berlin Beer Culture, the König Otto Cafe offers a place to linger, and on the square in front of the brewery a lowered area for a beer garden under plane trees has been built. The impressive spaces at the KINDL can also be used for a wide variety of events. The KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art is a non-profit institution. All proceeds flow directly back into the exhibition programme.
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