KINDL – CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
The KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art is an extraordinary exhibition venue in Berlin. Since 2016, important positions in international contemporary art have been shown in the building complex of the former Kindl brewery in Neukölln. The exhibition program under the artistic direction of Andreas Fiedler includes several major exhibitions each year, supplemented with events such as artist talks, lectures, and concerts. Already in its first year, the new cultural centre attracted over 30,000 visitors.
Centre for Contemporary Art
The industrial monument in the style of 1920s Brick Expressionism offers more than 1600 square metres of exhibition space. On the three floors of the former Power House, each of which spans around 400 square meters, monographic retrospectives and thematic group exhibitions are presented in parallel. With a height and length of around twenty metres on each side, the Kesselhaus offers yet another spectacular exhibition space. Important artists each develop a site-specific work specifically for this imposing space. After Roman Signer, David Claerbout, Haegue Yang, and Thomas Scheibitz, the series will continue in 2019 and 2020 with the Berlin-based artist Bettina Pousttchi.
The transformation of the former industrial complex into a centre for contemporary art was made possible thanks to the vision of Salome Grisard and Burkhard Varnholt. They acquired the listed ensemble of the Maschinenhaus (Power House), Sudhaus (Brew House), tower, and Kesselhaus (Boiler House) in 2011 and carefully renovated it. Thanks to the historically sensitive renovation work—for example, the foyer with an exterior stairway in exposed concrete and glass leading to the exhibition areas—the result is a modern venue that can be used in a variety of ways for presenting and producing art, while preserving the industrial character of the building.
In addition to the exhibition spaces, the Brew House with its six enormous copper kettles, once the largest of their kind in Europe, is particularly impressive. The former Palace of Berlin Beer Culture features a cafe for visitors and neighbours, and in the warmer months a beer garden under plane trees on the square outside the building is also open.
A Lively Cultural Venue
The education spaces at the KINDL host a variety of offerings themed around the exhibitions, in particular for school classes from the district of Neukölln. Also students from the neighbourhood meet here for regular workshops as part of the innovative education project KINDL-Kinder that spans several years and school grades.
In the dynamic surroundings of northern Neukölln, the KINDL is a place for engagement with the public and a catalyst for urban development. Numerous initiatives and organisations in the neighbourhood around the former brewery have already begun testing models for new forms of living and working.
The KINDL regularly cooperates with cultural institutions and organisers who pursue innovative artistic ideas and contribute to the current discourse. For example, the festivals Tanz im Augustand 48 Stunden Neukölln have repeatedly taken place at the KINDL. The impressive spaces at the KINDL can be used for all kinds of events and are available to rent for both private and business events. The KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art is a non-profit institution. All proceeds flow directly back into the exhibition programme.
Would you like to get involved with the KINDL?
Information about partnerships and opportunities for companies and individuals to provide support is available on our website at www.kindl-berlin.de/foerderer-partner
Andreas Fiedler, Artistic Director
Magdalena Mai, Curatorial Assistant to the Director
Anke Grossmann, Coordination
Johannes Leppin, Business Administration Manager
Georg Lehmann, Business Administration Assistant
Anne Zunftmeister-Mertke, Event Management
Peter Hübert and Sven Lutz, Coordination visitor guidance and education
Edgar Goldstein and Marcus Goldstein, In-house technicians
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