The Bonner Kunstverein has a rich exhibition history that now spans six decades - born out of a citizens' initiative in 1963 and rooted in its local context ever since, the non-profit institution is at the same time distinguished by its continuing pioneering position in international contemporary art.
The Kunstverein is a place of production, mediation and dialogue. Within this framework, contemporary art serves as an authoritative tool for a critical engagement with the present moment, strengthening the understanding and experience of our reality and sharpening our view of the future.
Many of the exhibiting artists* to whom the Bonner Kunstverein organized the first major institutional solo exhibition received large-scale retrospectives in internationally important museums years later, including Hanne Darboven (1982), Marlene Dumas (1993), Heimo Zobernig (1998), Lois Weinberger (2002), Christopher Williams (2009), Ed Atkins (2012), or Haegue Yang (2014).
With a scholarship for young artists from the Rhineland, a traditional and extensive outreach program for children and young people, as well as a studio house for local artists, the Bonner Kunstverein supports artists in the various phases of their artistic careers and integrates the immediate surroundings of the Kunstverein into their work.
Our members support us with an annual contribution, which is tax deductible. In return, they benefit from the following perks:
- Free admission to exhibitions in over 300 art associations in Germany and Austria
- Discount on the publications of the Bonner Kunstverein and on loans in the Artothek
- Invitations to our exhibitions and events
- The exclusive possibility to purchase annual gifts and to participate in our member trips and other events)