Kunstverein in Hamburg – The History of an Institution


A small circle of Hamburg’s art collectors meets once a week in the house of David Christopher Mettlerkamp, a lead roofer, at Lange Mühren 37, to discuss graphic prints as well as illustrations. Such a circle, namely the »Verein zur Beförderung des Kunstgeschmacks« (association for the promotion of taste in art) existed already in 1806 within the framework of the »Patriotische Gesellschaft« (patriotic society) in Hamburg. However, in 1817, three years after the French occupation, its activities were put on ice.

1821 / 1822

On the 24th of January in 1822, the »Hamburgische Kunst-Verein« (art association of Hamburg) establishes its first statute. When the growing group of participants becomes too big, the Kunstverein decides to meet in Georg Ernst Harzen’s art dealer shop, at Große Johannisstraße 48. Members are, inter alia, a merchant, a diplomat, two architects, a teacher, a physician, an insurance broker and a lawyer as well as three artists.


Weekly meetings are now taking place at Neuer Wall 131, the home of Harzen’s
business partner Johann Matthias Commeter. For the first time, the organisation of an art exhibition is considered.


The 1. Öffentliche Kunstausstellung (first public art exhibition) takes place from the 13th of April until the 18th of May in a house at the corner of ABC-Straße and
Neustädter Fuhlentwiete. Displayed are primarily works by young Hamburg artists like Louis Asher, Günther and Jacob Gensler, Victor Emil Janssen, Carl Julius Milde and Christian Morgenstern as well as some paintings from artists outside of Hamburg as e.g. Caspar David Friedrich’s Das Eismeer (1823-1824) and Der Watzmann (1824-1825). This event marks the starting point for a public art exhibition culture in Hamburg. A »Gemälde-Verloosung-Verein« (painting raffle organisation) is established and affiliated to the art association in Hamburg. Subsequently, art works are raffled yearly (as for example in 1827 when one of Caspar David Friedrich’s Mondscheinlandschaft was drawn as a prize).


The 2. Öffentliche Kunstausstellung (second public art exhibition) is being held in a concert hall of the »Theater am Gänsemarkt«, with works by some of the most important artists of German and Dutch schools. From now on until the »Hamburger Brand« (fire of Hamburg) in 1842 these big sales exhibitions with contemporary art works take place every two to three years.


The Kunstverein starts to develop an internal graphics collection. Rooms over Harzen’s art dealer shop at Neuer Wall are being rented to establish a library and a reading room.


Statutes of the Kunstverein are being altered to highlight its educational task.


On April the 22nd, the foundation of a museum is proposed in an extended executive meeting. From now on, not only paintings are drawn as prizes at the »Gemälde-Verloosung-Verein« but also spin-off benefits (for example graphic prints and drawings).


The 9. Kunstausstellung (9th art exhibition) consists of works on loan (paintings of old masters from private collections in Hamburg).


The Kunstverein and the »Verloosungsverein« coalesce under the name of »Kunstverein in Hamburg«.

For the first time, a »Permanente Ausstellung« (permanent exhibition) with some weekly changing artworks takes place in the premises of the »Patriotische Gesellschaft« (patriotic society), accessible primarily for association members. Newly established statutes of the association determine that from now on everyone who pays an annual fee can become a member (before, new members could only join the association by getting a two-thirds majority in an election by all members). Since the establishment of this new procedure, the number of new memberships is growing steadily. Professor for classical philology at the »Akademisches Gymnasium« (academic high school) Christian Petersen is designated as first spokesman.


The 11. Kunstausstellung (11th art exhibition) includes 819 art works and takes place in the premises of the »Patriotischen Gesellschaft« (patriotic society). It registers almost 10.000 visitors. On the 13th of March, the public »Gemälde-Gallerie« (paintings gallery) opens in the Börsenarkaden at Adolphsplatz, after it was demanded by the Kunstverein from the city council for the grown art collection. Therefore, the city of Hamburg provides the premises for the new gallery and the Kunstverein provides the collection of art works. Two members of the inner council and two representatives of the Kunstverein form the committee.


The »Permanente Ausstellung« (permanent exhibition) is opened to the public. Works by Artists from Hamburg as well as works by national artists are exhibited.


More premises in the Börsenarkaden are provided by the city. The great hall hosts the »Gemälde-Gallerie« (paintings gallery) and a smaller hall is made available for the »Permanente Ausstellung« (permanent exhibition).


Georg Ernst Harzen enacts in his testament that his assets as well as his art collection may be donated to the city of Hamburg, if the city is able to build an art museum. The premises in the Börsenarkaden are not sufficient enough anymore for the growing »Gemälde-Gallerie« (paintings gallery) as well as the »Permanente Ausstellung« (permanent exhibition).


Due to the efforts of the Kunstverein, a »Comité für den Bau eines öffentlichen Museums in Hamburg« (committee for the construction of a public museum in Hamburg) is formed and raises a significant amount of donations, putting enough pressure on the city council to grant a construction cost aid.


On the 30th of August, the »Hamburger Kunsthalle« (art gallery of Hamburg) is ceremoniously inaugurated. The collection counts 412 paintings (with, amongst others, Philipp Otto Runge’s Die Hülsenbeckschen Kinder, 1805-1806) and numerous sculpture works. Harzen’s estate of 30.000 drawings and graphic prints constitutes the base of the gallery of prints.

The Kunstverein moves into the Kunsthalle.


The 21. Kunstausstellung (21st art exhibition) is the first exhibition to take place at the Kunsthalle.


The painter Hermann Steinfurth becomes chairman of the association.


Exhibition: Peter Cornelius.


Edmund Johann Krüß, a manufacturer of optic devices becomes chairman.


A remembrance exhibition for Hermann Steinfurth, is carried out by by the Kunstverein and Kunsthalle.


C. H. Schöffer becomes chairman of the association.


Eduard Unger becomes the first executive director, while the merchant and politician Arnold Otto Meyer becomes chairman of the Kunstverein.

Due to construction works in the premises of the Kunsthalle, the »Permanente Ausstellung« (permanent exhibition) is relocated into the newly constructed premises in the »Börsenarkaden«.

Exhibition: Andreas Achenbach.


The Kunstverein promotes the election of Alfred Lichtwark as executive director of the Kunsthalle. Until his death in 1914, the Kunstverein purchases art works for the Kunsthalle.


Photographs are displayed in an exhibition of the Kunstverein for the first time.


Exhibition: Hans Speckter.

The Kunstverein counts 2.105 members.


Syndikus Dr. Merck becomes chairman of the Kunstverein.


Dr. Werner von Melle, later on mayor of Hamburg, becomes chairman of the Kunstverein.


The Kunstverein renews the format of the »Großen Kunst-Ausstellung« (great art exhibition). Until 1897, a yearly exhibition of over 300 local, national as well as international artists takes place in the upper floor of the Kunsthalle.


Exhibition: Adolph Menzel, in cooperation with the Kunsthalle.

The collection of graphic prints, owned by the Kunstverein, is handed over to the Kunsthalle


Hans Zimmermann, a construction director, becomes chairman of the Kunstverein.

Exhibition: Künstlervereinigung Worpswede – Fritz Mackensen, Otto Modersohn, Heinrich Vogeler (artist association Worpswede – Fritz Mackensen, Otto Modersohn, Heinrich Vogeler).


Exhibition: Arnold Böcklin, in co-operation with the Kunsthalle.


On the 15th of November, the Kunstverein moves into its own, newly constructed premises at Neuer Wall 14. The building has three fanlight halls for paintings and sculptures as well as four rooms for arts and crafts.


The number of local, national and international artists continues to grow. For this year alone, there are registered already over a dozen of art exhibitions of by now less familiar artists.


Inter alia, a collection of ethnographic and aesthetic objects from Tibet and Mandshuria is displayed.


Anniversary exhibition of the Kunstverein takes place.

Retrospective: Hermann Kauffmann.


Internationale Photographische Ausstellung für Bildnis und Figurenbild (International photographic exhibition for portraits and figure paintings).


Exhibition of the artist group »Les Indépendants«, Paris.

Theodor Brodersen becomes executive director.


Exhibition with works by Othon Friesz, Auguste Renoir, Vincent van Gogh and Wilhelm Trübner.

Exhibition with works of contemporary Danish artists.


Premises at Neuer Wall must be given up, since the building is going to be demolished.

Exhibition: Max Beckmann / Walter Geffcken.

Exhibition with works by, inter alia, Fritz Ahlers-Hestermann, Fritz Friedrichs, Franz Nölken, Otto Pieper, Walther Rosam, Friedrich Schaper, Ulrich Hübner and Friedrich Schaper.

Exhibition with works by Cuno Amiet and Ferdinand Hodler.


The Kunstverein temporarily moves into rooms of the east wing of the old Johanneum at Speersort, where works by, inter alia, Arnold Böcklin, Lovis Corinth, Anselm Feuerbach, Wilhelm Leibl, Max Liebermann, Adolph Menzel, Christian Rohlfs, Max Slevogt, Carl Spitzweg, Ludwig Thoma, Wilhelm Trübner, Fritz von Uhde and Emil Waldmüller are exhibited.

Exhibition with works by Friedrich Ahlers-Hestermann, Walter Georgi, Franz Nölken and Ascan Lutteroth.


The Kunstverein moves back into the Kunsthalle. Due to shortage of space, the department for arts and crafts is closed down.


A new exhibition titled Französische Malerei bis 1914 (French painting until 1914) shows works by, inter alia, Pierre Bonnard, Georges Braque, Paul Cézanne, Gustave Courbet, André Derain, Raoul Dufy, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Juan Gris, Marie Laurencin, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, Auguste Renoir, Henri Rousseau, Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, Alfred Sisley, Suzanne Valadon, Maurice Vlaminck and Édouard Vuillard.

The »Hamburgische Sezession« (Hamburg secession) is founded. The Kunstverein provides its premises for their yearly exhibitions and presentations.

Exhibition: Franz Nölken.


The Kunstverein moves from the old part of the Kunsthalle into galleries at base level in the new part of the building.


Exhibition of the »Deutscher Künstlerbund« (union of German artists).


Robert Johannes Meyer becomes president of the Kunstverein.

The Kunstverein counts ca. 1.000 members.


The exhibition Europäische Kunst der Gegenwart (European contemporary art) is organized for the occasion of the mistakenly presumed 100th Birthday and shows the entire European modern era. It manages to obtain over 40.000 visitors and thanks to the revenues of this exhibition, the Kunstverein is able to purchase a villa at the Neue Rabenstraße 25 as its first own residence.

Exhibition: Emil Nolde.


Opening of the new building of the Kunstverein, which was reconstructed and extended by Karl Schneider.

Exhibition: Kunst der letzten 30 Jahre aus Hamburger Privatbesitz.

The executive director Theodor Brodersen transfers to the »Verein Berliner Künstler« (association of Berlin artists) in Berlin.

Exhibition: Edvard Munch / Aquarelle und Zeichnungen von Vincent van Gogh (water colour paintings and drawings by Vincent van Gogh)/ Das moderne Bühnenbild in Deutschland (the modern stage set in Germany)/ Franz Radziwill.

The Kunstverein counts 899 members.


On May the 1st, Hildebrand Gurlitt becomes executive director of the art association.

Exhibitions: Les Ballets Russes de Serge de Diaghilew / Ernst Barlach.


First attacks by the Nazi regime against the chairman of the Kunstverein take place.

The association counts 631 members.

Exhibitions: Internationale Foto-Ausstellung  (international photographs exhibition)/ Lyonel Feininger / Neuere dänische Malerei (new Danish painting) / James Ensor.


The 13. Ausstellung der Hamburgischen Sezession (13th exhibition of the Hamburg secession) is opened on the 12th of May but closed down on the 30th of May by Hamburg’s police commissioner. President of the district court Robert Johannes Meyer resigns as chairman of the Kunstverein on the 1st of June, since he is supposed to begin the »Gleichschaltung« (enforced conformity) of the Kunstverein. On the 14th of July, Hildebrand Gurlitt is also forced step down from his office. NSDAP-member Friedrich Muthmann is assigned as executive director. Jewish members have to leave the association.

Exhibition: Norddeutschland. Landschaft und Mensch (Northern Germany. Landscape and man).


Exhibition: Aeropittura. Italienische Flieger-Malerei (Aeropittura. Italian aeroplane paintings).


The Kunstverein counts only 337 members.


The building at Neue Rabenstraße is being foreclosed and the Kunstverein moves back into the Kunsthalle. The house is led to the NS-Frauenschaft (Nazi womens organisation) by the city.


Destruction oft he Kunstverein’s building by a bomb attack of the allied forces in the summer of 1943.


With an exhibition in the art dealers shop »Bock & Sohn« in the Kollonaden and the base level of the Kunsthalle by Hamburg artists, the art association comes back to life. Dr. Carl Georg Heise, who is simultaneously chairman of the Kunsthalle, becomes artistic director and Dr. Walter Klaas becomes first chairman. From now on, the art association serves as an independently funded exhibition unit of the Kunsthalle.


The Kunstverein dedicates itself to a series of exhibitions for the purpose of rehabilitation of modern art.

Exhibitions: Max Beckmann / Ernst Wilhelm Nay / Emil Nolde / Sammlung Haubrich (collection Haubrich).


Exhibition: Pablo Picasso. 52 Lithographien aus den Jahren 1945 bis 1947 (Pablo Picasso. 52 Lithographies from 1945 until 1947).


The Kunstverein moves into the new exhibition halls of the old part of the Kunsthalle.

Exhibitions: Fernand Léger / Wilhelm Lehmbruck / André Masson.


Exhibitions: Franz Marc / Rolf Nesch / Henry Moore / Ernst Ludwig Kirchner / Oskar Kokoschka.


Exhibitions: Henri Matisse / Edvard Munch.



Exhibitions: Marino Marini / Max Slevogt / Paula Modersohn-Becker.


Dr. Bruno Snell becomes chairman of the Kunstverein.

Exhibition: Wassily Kandinsky.


Exhibitions: Karl Hofer / Karl Schmidt-Rottluff / Ferdinand Hodler / Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.


Dr. Alfred Hentzen becomes executive director of the Kunsthalle and Kunstverein at the same time.   

Exhibitions: Ernst Wilhelm Nay / Gruppe Zen 49 (Group Zen 49).


Exhibitions: Henri Laurens / Picasso 1900-1955 / Willi Baumeister / Heinz Trökes / Paul Klee.


Exhibitions: Emil Nolde / Alexej Jawlensky / Eduard Bargheer.


Senator Dr. Walter Dudek becomes chairman of the Kunstverein.

Jackson Pollock’s first exhibition in Germany, takes place in the Kunstverein

Exhibitions: Serge Poliakoff / Jackson Pollock 1912-1956 / Rolf Nesch / Wassily Kandinsky – Gabriele Münter.


Exhibitions: Marc Chagall / Ben Nicholson.


Exhibitions: Henry Moore.


Exhibitions: Lyonel Feininger / Werner Gilles.


Dr. Hans Platte becomes executive manager of the Kunstverein, which by now counts 3.025 members. Exhibitions: Robert Delaunay / Emil Schumacher / Hann Trier / Aristide Maillol / Oskar Kokoschka.


The Kunstverein moves into its own exhibition building designed by Paul Seitz at Ferdinandstor, directly next to the Kunsthalle. The opening takes place on the 3rd of May with the exhibition Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Seurat. Wegbereiter der modernen Malerei (Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Seurat. Pioneers of the modern art of painting)

Exhibitions: Italien 1905-1925. Futurismus und Pittura metafisica (Italy 1905-1925. Futurism and Pittura metafisica) / Erich Heckel / Franz Marc / Oskar Kokoschka.


Senator Dr. Heinrich Landahl becomes chairman of the association. Exhibitions: Édouard Vuillard / Arshile Gorky. Zeichnungen (Arshile Gorky. Drawings) / Ernst Wilhelm Nay. Gemälde 1955-1964 (Ernst Wilhelm Nay. Paintings 1955-1964) / Albert Marquet.


Exhibitions: Francis Bacon. Gemälde 1945-1964 (Francis Bacon. Paintings 1945-1964) / Max Beckmann / Pablo Picasso. 150 Handzeichnungen aus sieben Jahrzehnten (Pablo Picasso.150 hand drawings from seven decades).


Exhibitions: Horst Janssen / Georges Rouault / Matisse und seine Freunde – Les Fauves (Matisse and his friends – Les Fauves) / Vom Impressionismus zum Bauhaus (from impressionism to bauhaus) / Otto Dix.

The Kunstverein counts 4.255 members.


On the occasion of the Kunstverein’s 150th anniversary, Hans Platte’s booklet 150 Jahre Kunstverein in Hamburg (150 years of the art association in Hamburg) is published.

Exhibitions: Vom Bauhaus bis zur Gegenwart (from Bauhaus to present day art) / Emil Nolde. Aquarelle aus den Jahren 1894-1956 (Emil Nolde. Watercolour Paintings from 1894-1956) / Alexej Jawlensky / Raoul Dufy.


Exhibitions: Britische Kunst heute (British art today) / Antoni Tàpies / Sammlung 1968 Karl Ströher (mit Beuys-Block) (collection 1968 Karl Strüher with a Beuys unit) / Realismus in der Malerei der 20er Jahre (Realism in painting in the 1920s) / August Macke.


Exhibitions: Malerei des Surrealismus von den Anfängen bis heute (paintings of Surrealism from its beginning until today) / Ernst Wilhelm Nay / Ernst Ludwig Kirchner.


AExhibitions: Pierre Bonnard / Fernando Botero / Franz Erhard Walther / Französische Impressionisten: Hommage à Durand-Ruel (French Impressionists: Hommage à Durand-Ruel).


Hans Platte leaves the Kunstverein; Interregnum in the management of the association.

Exhibitions: Arnulf Rainer / Francois Morellet / KP Brehmer: Produktion 1962-71 / Kurt Schwitters / Robert Graham / Dorothea Lange.


Prof. Dr. Günther Gercken becomes new chairman and Manfred de la Motte becomes the new executive director of the Kunstvereins. However, de la Motte withdraws already at the end of the year.

Exhibitions: USA West Coast 1972 / Georg Baselitz / USA in Venedig. Amerikas Beitrag zur Biennale 1970 und 1972 (USA in Venice. Americas contribution to the Biennal in 1970 and 1972) / Szene Berlin ’72.


Dr. Uwe M. Schneede becomes executive director of the Kunstverein in Hamburg.

Exhibitions: Palermo. Wandmalerei (Palermo. Mural Paintings) / Jean Fautrier / Peter Blake.


Exhibitions: Spurensicherung. Archäologie und Erinnerung (Securing evidence. Archeology and Memory) / Dieter Roth. Originale 1946-74 / Medium Fotografie. Fotoarbeiten bildender Künstler 1910-1973 (Medium photography. Photographic works of visual artists 1910-1973) / Pablo Picasso. Das graphische Werk (Pablo Picasso and his graphic work) / Kunst im 3. Reich. Dokumente der Unterwerfung (Art in the 3. Reich. Documents of submission).


Exhibitions: Willi Sitte. Gemälde und Zeichnungen 1950-1974 (Willi Sitte. Paintings and drawings 1950-1974) / Hamburger Kunstwochen ´75 / Georg Grosz. Gemälde, Zeichnungen, Grafiken 1907-1958 (Georg Grosz. Paintings, drawings, graphics.1907-1958).


Exhibitions: Pop Art in England. Anfänge einer neuen Figuration 1947-1963 (Pop art in England. Beginnings of a new figuration) / Claes Oldenburg. Unbekannte Aquarelle, Zeichnungen, Gouachen 1954-1974  (Claes Oldenburg. Undiscovered watercolor paintings, drawings, Gouaches 1954-1974) / Paula Modersohn-Becker. Zeichnungen, Pastelle, Bildentwürfe (Paula Modersohn-Becker. Drawings, pastels, pictorial drafts).


Exhibitions: Sequenzen. Fotofolgen zeitgenössischer Künstler (Sequences. Photographic episodes by contemporary artists) / Wolfgang Mattheuer.


Exhibitions: Edvard Munch. Arbeiterbilder 1910-1930 (Edvard Munch. Images of the working class 1910-1930) / Als guter Realist muss ich alles erfinden. Internationaler Realismus heute (To be a good realist, I have to invent everything. International Realism today).


Exhibitions: Inszenierte Räume: Karl-Ernst Herrmann und Erich Wonder (staged space: Karl-Ernst Herrmann and Erich Wonder) / Eremit? Forscher? Sozialarbeiter? Das veränderte Selbstverständnis von Künstlern (Hermit? Scientist? Social worker? The new self-concept of artists)


Exhibitions: Film und Foto der zwanziger Jahre (film and photography of the twenties) / Bildnerei der Geisteskranken. Die Sammlung Prinzhorn (Painting of the mentally ill. Collection Prinzhorn).


Exhibitions: America. Traum und Depression 1920-1940 (America. Dream and Depression 1920-1940) / Mythos und Ritual in der Kunst der 70er Jahre (Myth and ritual in art of the 70s).


Exhibitions: René Magritte und der Surrealismus in Belgien (René Msgritte and the Belgian Surrealism) / Frida Kahlo und Tina Modotti / Cobra 1948-51 / Zeitvergleich. Malerei und Grafik aus der DDR (Time comparison. Painting and Graphics from the GDR).


Exhibitions: Hanne Darboven. Schreibzeit / Todesbilder in der zeitgenössischen Kunst mit einem Rückblick auf Hodler und Munch (images of death in contemporary art) / Künstler-Räume im Kunstverein und anderswo (artist-rooms in the art association and elsewhere).


Uwe M. Schneede is appointed at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich.

Exhibitions: Anna Oppermann. Ensembles 1968-84 / Carl Fredrik Hill & Ernst Josephson: Zwei Künstler des späten 19. Jahrhunderts (Carl Fredrik Hill & Ernst Josephson: Two artists of the late 19th century) / Edvard Munch. Höhepunkte des malerischen Werks im 20. Jahrhundert (Edvard Munch. Climaxes of the artistic work of the 20th century)


Karl-Egon Vester becomes executive director of the Kunstverein.

Exhibitions: Joseph Beuys. Ölfarben 1949-1967 (Joseph Beuys. Oil colours 1949-1967) / Arnulf Rainer. Hiroshima / Ernst Wilhelm Nay. Bilder kommen aus Bildern (Ernst Wilhelm Nay. Images originate in images) / Biennale des Friedens. Dem Frieden eine Form geben (Biennale of peace. To give peace a shape)


Exhibitions: Können wir vielleicht mal unsere Mutter wiederhaben! Werner Büttner, Georg Herold, Albert Oehlen (What about having our mother back! Werner Büttner, Georg Herold, Albert Oehlen) / James Ensor.


Exhibitions: Leon Golub / Andy Warhol: Ich erkannte, dass alles was ich tue, mit dem Tod zusammenhängt (Andy Warhol: I realized that everything I do is connected to death) / Gustav Kluge.


After the death of Karl-Egon Vesters, Jürgen Schweinebraden Freiherr von Wichmann-Eichhorn becomes executive director of the Kunstverein.

Exhibitions: A.R. Penck / Arbeit in Geschichte, Geschichte in Arbeit (labour in history, history in labour).


Exhibitions: Das Medium Fotografie ist berechtigt, Denkanstöße zu geben. Sammlung F. C. Gundlach (The medium photography is allowed to be thought provoking. Collection F. C. Gundlach) / Jean Dubuffet. Ein revolutionärer Maler (Jean Dubuffet. A revolutionary Painter).


Maja Stadler-Euler becomes chairwoman of the Kunstverein.

Exhibitions: Franz Erhard Walther. Dialoge (Franz Erhard Walther. Dialogues) / Maria Lassnig. Mit dem Kopf durch die Wand (Maria Lassnig. Banging ones head against a brick wall) / Felix Droese. Volksverhuizing.


Dr. Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen becomes executive director of the Kunstverein. The house at Ferdinandstor is abandoned, since it has to give way to the extension building of the Kunsthalle. The mural painting of Palermo from 1973 is uncovered. The Kunstverein guests in the »kleine Deichtorhalle«.

Exhibitions: Gegendarstellung. Ethik und Ästhetik im Zeitalter von Aids (Counter statement. Ethics and aesthetics in the age of AIDS) / Rémy Zaugg / General Idea – Fin de Siècle / Guttuso.


Relocation into a former bike shop at Michaelisbrücke, corner Admiralitätstrasse.


Exhibitions by Jon Kessler, Erwin Wurm, Andreas Schulze.

The Kunstverein moves into the converted market hall at Klosterwall 23.

Exhibition: Backstage. Topologie zeitgenössischer Kunst (Backstage. Topology of contemporary art)


Exhibitions: Matt Mullican / Angela Bulloch / Jean Nouvel / Jimmie Durham / dagegen/dabei. Produktion und Strategie in Kunstprojekten seit 1969.


Ausstellungen: Werner Büttner. Der lange Marsch zur Qualität / Paul McCarthy / Mike Kelley / Olafur Eliasson / Franz West Hans Arp / Pipilotti Rist. I’m not the girl who misses much – Ausgeschlafen, frisch gebadet und hoch motiviert.


Exhibitions: Michael Majerus. Aquarell / Günther Förg / Carsten Höller.


Exhibitions: Archigram. Visionen einer britischen Architekturgruppe (Archigram. Visions of a British group of architects) / Mark Dion. Natural History and other fictions.


Exhibition: Liam Gillick. McNamara Papers.


Dr. Harald Falckenberg becomes chairman of the Kunstverein.

Exhibitions: Gerwald Rockenschaub. Funky minimal / Thomas Struth & Klaus vom Bruch / John Miller. Parallel economies.


Exhibitions: Fiona Tan. Scenario / Außendienst. Kunstprojekte in öffentlichen Räumen, Phase 1 (Field work. Art projects on public spaces, phase 1) / Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster / Philippe Parreno / Pierre Huyghe.


Dr. Yilmaz Dziewior becomes executive director of the Kunstverein.

Exhibitions: Bodys Isek Kingelez / Cosima von Bonin. Bruder Poul Sticht in See (Cosima von Bonin. Brother Poul Sets Sail) / Internat / Paul Mc Carthy. Videos und Fotografien (Paul Mc Carthy. Videos and Photographs).


Exhibition: Jack Goldstein / Contextualise – Zusammenhänge herstellen / Zhang Huan.


Exhibitions: Bühne 03 / Andrea Fraser. Works 1984 to 2003 / Mapping a City. Hamburg-Kartierung.


Ausstellungen: Lukas Duwenhögger. Prinzenbad / Cildo Meireles / Formalismus. Moderne Kunst, heute.


Exhibitions: Lukas Duwenhögger. Prinzenbad / Cildo Meireles / Formalismus. Moderne Kunst, heute (Formalism. Modern art, today).


Exhibitions: Yael Bartana / Spiralen der Erinnerung (helixes of memory) / Tino Sehgal.


Exhibitions: Willie Doherty / Insert 5: Olaf Nicolai – Considering a multiplicity of appearances in light of a particular aspect of relevance. Or: Can art be concrete? / Gesellschaftsbilder. Zeitgenössische Malerei (Reflections of society. Contemporary paintings)


Exhibitions: Wessen Geschichte (Whose History) / Luis Jacob. Habitat / Sharon Lockhart / Wir nennen es Hamburg. Interdisziplinäres Festival (We call it Hamburg. Interdisciplinary festival).


Florian Waldvogel becomes executive director of the Kunstverein.

Exhibitions: Tatiana Trouvé. Bureau of implicit activities: Archives and Projects / Karla Black / Wo ist der Wind, wenn er nicht weht? Politische Bildergeschichten von Albrecht Dürer bis Art Spiegelman (Where is the wind, when it does not blow? Political pictorial story from Albrecht Dürer to Art Spiegelman).


Exhibitions: Tobias Zielony. Story – No Story / Michael Riedel. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog / Freedom Of Speech.


Exhibitions: Tal R. The Elephant Behind The Clown / Plamen Dejanoff. The Bronze House / Silke Wagner. When Saturday Comes.

Ausstellungen: Gert & Uwe Tobias / Alexandra Bircken. Hausrat/ Kiki Kogelnik. I have seen the Future.


Exhibitions: Norbert Schwontkowski. Blind Man’s Faith / Natalie Czech. I Cannot repeat what I hear / Olaf Metzel. Gegenwartsgesellschaft (Olaf Metzel. Contemporary Society).


Bettina Steinbrügge becomes executive director of the Kunstverein.

Exhibitions: Geoffrey Farmer. Let’s make the water turn black / A Paradise Built In Hell / Lisa Oppenheim. Forever is Composed of Nows.


Exhibitions: James Benning. Decoding Fear / Nina Beier. Cash for Gold / Holly Herndon & Mathew Dryhurst – ‘everywhere and nowhere’.


Exhibitions: Fluidity / Joseph Grigely. The Gregory Battcock Archive / Lili Reynaud Dewar – Teeth, Gums, Machines, Future, Society.


The Kunstverein in Hamburg celebrates its 200th anniversary with the exhibition The History Show (in cooperation with the Kunstgeschichtliches Seminar (Department of Art History) of the University of Hamburg). The Kunsthalle dedicates the exhibition Die Kunst ist öffentlich Vom Kunstverein zur Kunsthalle (Art is public. From Kunstverein to Kunsthalle) to the Kunstverein’s anniversary, while the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe dedicates the exhibition ‘Zur Belebung des Kunstsinns’. 200 Jahre Kunstverein in Hamburg (A stimulation of the artistic sensibility. 200 years of the Kunstverein in Hamburg).

Exhibitions: Jed Martin. Die Karte ist interessanter als das Gebiet (Jed Martin. The Map is more interesting than the territory) / Liz Magor. You You You / Wolfgang Tillmans.

The Kunstverein counts 1.906 members.