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The history of the Kunstverein can be divided into the following complexes:

  1. The founding period until the opening of the Municipal Gallery of the Kunstverein (1817-1850)
  2. The consolidation period, the transition of the collection from Kunstverein to Kunsthalle, significance of the Kunstverein in this process. (1850-1919)
  3. The period of the Hamburg Secession and avant-garde (1919-1933)
  4. The period of the "Third Reich" (1933-1945)
  5. The rehabilitation of modernism (1945-1969)
  6. The Politicization of the Kunstverein (1969-1985)
  7. The autoreflexive present (1985-2018)
  • 1. The founding period until the opening of the Städtische Galerie des Kunstvereins (1817-1850)
  • 1817

    A small circle of Hamburg art lovers met once a week in the house of the master lead designer [Bleidecker] David Christopher Mettlerkamp at Lange Mühren 37 to look at drawings and prints and to explain them to each other. There had already been such a circle within the Patriotic Society since 1806, the Verein zur Beförderung des Kunstgeschmacks in Hamburg, but its activities went into hibernation in 1817, three years after the French occupation.

  • 1821 / 1822

    On January 24, 1822, the "Hamburgische Kunst-Verein" adopted its first charter. When the growing number of participants exceeds the private framework, they meet in the gallery of Georg Ernst Harzen at Große Johannisstraße 48. The members include a merchant, a diplomat, two architects, a teacher, a physician, an insurance broker, a lawyer and three artists.

  • 1824

    The weekly meetings take place at Harzen's business partner Johann Matthias Commeter at Neuer Wall 131. The first thoughts are made about an art exhibition.

  • 1826

    The first public art exhibition is held from April 13 to May 18 in a building on the corner of ABC-Strasse and Neustädter Fuhlentwiete. On display are mainly works by the young Hamburg painters Louis Asher, Günther and Jacob Gensler, Victor Emil Janssen, Carl Julius Milde, Christian Morgenstern as well as paintings by some foreign artists, among them Caspar David Friedrich with Das Eismeer (1823 - 1824) and Der Watzmann (1824 - 1825). This event marked the beginning of public art exhibitions in Hamburg.
    A "Gemälde-Verloosung-Verein" is founded and affiliated with the Kunstverein. In the following period, original works of art are raffled off annually (in 1827, for example, a moonlight landscape by Caspar David Friedrich).

  • 1829

    The 2nd Public Art Exhibition is held, this time in the concert hall of the Theater am Gänsemarkt, with works by the most important German and Dutch schools. From now on, until the Hamburg fire of 1842, such large sales exhibitions of contemporary art take place every two to three years.

  • 1836

    The start of building up the association's own collection of graphic art. The Kunstverein rents rooms above Harzen's Kunsthandlung on Neuer Wall and sets up a library and reading room there.

  • 1837

    In the amended statutes of the association, the public educational function of the Kunstverein is emphasized.

  • 1839

    On April 22, the founding of a museum is proposed at an extended board meeting.
    From now on, the "Verloosungsverein" raffles off not only paintings but also "side prizes" (prints or drawings).

  • 1842

    The 9th art exhibition consists of loans (Old Master paintings from private collections in Hamburg).

  • 1848

    The Kunstverein is merged with the "Verloosungsverein" under the name Kunstverein in Hamburg.
    A "Permanent Exhibition" with a weekly change of some works takes place for the first time, initially in the rooms of the Patriotic Society, accessible mainly to members of the association.
    New statutes of the association stipulate that from now on anyone who pays an annual membership fee can become a member (until then, membership was only possible with a two-thirds majority of the already admitted members). Since then, the number of members has been growing steadily. The "first spokesman" Christian Petersen, becomes the professor of classical philology at the Akademisches Gymnasium.

  • 1850

    The 11th art exhibition of 819 works in the rooms of the Patriotic Society records almost 10,000 visitors.
    On March 13, the public "painting gallery" called for by the Kunstverein for its art collection, which in the meantime has grown and been enriched by donations, is opened in the Börsenarkaden on Adolphsplatz. The rooms are provided by the city, the collection by the Kunstverein. Two members of the Senate and two representatives of the Kunstverein form the management commission.

  • 2. The consolidation phase, the transition of the collection from Kunstverein to Kunsthalle, and the significance of the Kunstverein in this process. (1850-1919)
  • 1850

    The 11th art exhibition comprising 819 works in the rooms of the Patriotische Gesellschaft records almost 10,000 visitors.
    On March 13, the public "painting gallery" called for by the Kunstverein for its art collection, which has meanwhile grown and been enriched by donations, is opened in the Börsenarkaden on Adolphsplatz. The rooms are provided by the city and the collection by the Kunstverein. Two members of the Senate and two representatives of the Kunstverein form the management committee.

  • 1851

    The Permanent Exhibition is opened to the public. Works by both foreign and Hamburg artists are presented.

  • 1852

    The rooms at the Börsenarkaden are expanded. The large hall is available for the "Gemälde- Gallerie" (Painting Gallery), a smaller one for the Permanent Exhibition.

  • 1856

    Georg Ernst Harzen stipulates in his will that his assets and collection should benefit the city if it succeeds in creating its own art museum. The rooms in the Börsenarkaden are no longer sufficient for the growing "Gemälde-Gallerie" and the Permanent Exhibition.

  • 1858

    At the instigation 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, which collects considerable donations so that the city feels compelled to grant a building subsidy.

  • 1869

    On August 30, the Hamburg Kunsthalle is officially opened. The collection includes 412 paintings (among them Philipp Otto Runge's Die Hülsenbeckschen Kinder from 1805- 1806) and numerous sculptural works. Harzen's estate of 30,000 drawings and prints forms the basis of the Kupferstichkabinett.
    The Kunstverein moves into the Kunsthalle.

  • 1870

    The 21st Art Exhibition of the Kunstverein is the first exhibition to be held in the Kunsthalle.

  • 1871

    The painter Hermann Steinfurth becomes the first chairman of the association.

  • 1873

    Exhibition: Peter Cornelius.

  • 1878

    Edmund Johann Krüß, a manufacturer of optical devices, becomes first chairman.

  • 1880

    Memorial exhibition for Hermann Steinfurth, jointly organized by the Kunsthalle and Kunstverein.

  • 1882

    C. H. Schöffer becomes the first chairman.
    Exhibition: Martin Gensler.

  • 1884

    With Eduard Unger, a managing director was hired for the first time. The merchant and politician Arnold Otto Meyer becomes the first chairman.
    Due to renovation work in the Kunsthalle, the Kunstverein moves the "Permanent Exhibition" to two rooms in the newly built Börsenanbau.
    Exhibition: Andreas Achenbach.

  • 1886

    The Kunstverein supports the election of Alfred Lichtwark as the first director of the Hamburg Kunsthalle. Until his death in 1914, the Kunstverein acquires works for the Kunsthalle.

  • 1887

    Photographs are shown in an exhibition for the first time.

  • 1888

    Exhibition: Hans Speckter.
    The Kunstverein has 2,105 members.

  • 1889

    Syndikus Dr. Merck becomes the first chairman.

  • 1892

    First chairman is Dr. Werner von Melle, later mayor of the Hanseatic city.

  • 1894

    The Kunstverein resumes the format of the "Great Art Exhibition". Until 1897, works by over 300 foreign - including international - as well as Hamburg artists are shown annually on the upper floor of the Kunsthalle.

  • 1896

    Exhibition: Adolph Menzel, together with the Kunsthalle.
    The Kunstverein's own collection of graphic art is transferred to the Kunsthalle.

  • 1897

    Building director Hans Zimmermann becomes first chairman.
    Exhibition: Worpswede Artists' Association - Fritz Mackensen, Otto Modersohn, Heinrich Vogeler.

  • 1898

    Exhibition: Arnold Böcklin, together with the Kunsthalle.

  • 1899

    On November 15, the Kunstverein moves into its own rooms at Neuer Wall 14, three skylight rooms for paintings and sculptures and four rooms for arts and crafts.

  • 1906

    The number of exhibitions of local, national and foreign artists increases; for this year alone, more than a dozen exhibitions of today's mostly lesser-known artists are recorded.

  • 1907

    Among other things, a collection of ethnographic and art objects from Tibet and Manchuria are displayed.

  • 1908

    Anniversary exhibition of the Hamburg Artists' Association.
    Retrospective: Hermann Kauffmann.

  • 1911

    International Photographic Exhibition of Portraiture and Figurative Art.

  • 1912

    The artists' group "Les Indépendants", Paris. Theodor Brodersen becomes managing director.

  • 1913

    Exhibition of works by Othon Friesz, Auguste Renoir, Vincent van Gogh and Wilhelm Trübner, among others. Exhibition of works by contemporary Danish artists.

  • 1914

    The rooms at Neuer Wall have to be given up, as the demolition of the building is planned.
    Exhibition: Max Beckmann, Walter Geffcken.
    Exhibition with works by 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, among others.

  • 1915

    The Kunstverein temporarily moves into rooms in the east wing of the old Johanneum at Speersort. Works by 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 shown there.
    Exhibition of works by Friedrich Ahlers-Hestermann, Walter Georgi, Franz Nölken and Ascan Lutteroth.

  • 1916

    Return to the Kunsthalle; the arts and crafts department is discontinued due to lack of space.

  • 3. The period of the Hamburg secession and avant-garde (1919-1933)
  • 1919

    Works by 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, among others, are shown under the title French Painting until 1914.
    The Hamburg Secession is founded. The Kunstverein makes its rooms available annually for their exhibitions and lectures.
    Exhibition: Franz Nölken.

  • 1921

    Move from the old building of the Kunsthalle to the cabinets in the basement of the new building.

  • 1922

    Exhibition of the Deutscher Künstlerbund.

  • 1925

    Robert Johannes Meyer becomes the first chairman.
    The Kunstverein has about 1,000 members.

  • 1927

    The European Art of the Present, organized on the erroneously assumed 100th anniversary, shows the entirety of European modernism and reaches about 40,000 visitors. Thanks to the proceeds, the Kunstverein is able to acquire a villa at Neue Rabenstrasse 25 as its first domicile.
    Exhibition: Emil Nolde.

  • 1930

    Opening of the Kunstverein building, which was rebuilt by Karl Schneider and fitted with an annex.
    Exhibition: Art of the last 30 years from private collections in Hamburg.
    The director of the Kunstverein, Theodor Brodersen, moves to Berlin to join the Verein Berliner Künstler.
    Exhibitions: Edvard Munch / Watercolors and drawings by Vincent van Gogh / The modern stage design in Germany / Franz Radziwill.
    The association counts 899 members.

Wegweisend! Das Ausstellungsgebäude des Hamburger Kunstvereins von 1930, Installationsansicht, Kunstverein in Hamburg, 2019, Foto: Fred Dott

Model of the Kunstverein building by Karl Schneider. Together with the Karl Schneider Society and the Karl Schneider Archive, the Kunstverein recalled the construction of this landmark building as part of the Hamburg Architecture Summer 2019. When Schneider emigrated to the United States in 1937, he had to leave large parts of his archive in Hamburg where the drawings and designs were lost in the conflagrations of the war.

  • 1931

    On May 1, Hildebrand Gurlitt becomes the first director of the Kunstverein.
    Exhibitions: Les Ballets Russes de Serge de Diaghilew / Ernst Barlach.

  • 1932

    First National Socialist attacks on the Kunstverein director.
    The association counts 631 members.
    Exhibitions: International Photography Exhibition / Lyonel Feininger / Recent Danish Painting / James Ensor.

  • 1933

    The 13th exhibition of the Hamburg Secession, opened on March 12, is closed by the Hamburg police chief on March 30. District Court President Robert Johannes Meyer resigns as chairman on June 1 because he is to initiate the "Gleichschaltung" of the Kunstverein. On July 14, Hildebrand Gurlitt is also forced to resign. NSDAP member Friedrich Muthmann is appointed managing director. Jewish members are forced to leave the association.
    Exhibition: North Germany. Landscape and Man.

  • 4. The period of the Third Reich (1933-1945)
  • 1934

    The exhibition Painting and Sculpture in Germany 1936 opens on July 21 on the occasion of the Olympic Games in Berlin and is closed ten days later by the Vice President of the Reich Chamber of Fine Arts Adolf Ziegler.
    Exhibition: Aeropittura. Italian aviation painting.

  • 1936

    The association has only 337 members.

  • 1937

    The building in Rabenstraße is sold at auction, the Kunstverein moves back to the Kunsthalle. The house is rented by the city to the NS-Frauenschaft.

  • 1943

    In summer, the Kunstverein building is destroyed by Allied bombing.

  • 5. The Rehabilitation of Modernism (1945-1969)
  • 1946

    The Kunstverein resumes its work with a survey exhibition of Hamburg artists in the Bock & Sohn art shop in the Colonnaden and in the basement of the Kunsthalle. Dr. Carl Georg Heise, director of the Kunsthalle, becomes artistic director; Dr. Walter Klaas is the first chairman. From now on, the Kunstverein serves as an independently financed exhibition department of the Kunsthalle.

  • 1947

    The Kunstverein devotes a series of exhibitions to the rehabilitation of modernism.
    Exhibitions: Max Beckmann / Ernst Wilhelm Nay / Emil Nolde / Haubrich Collection.

  • 1948

    Exhibition: Pablo Picasso. 52 lithographs from the years 1945 to 1947

  • 1949

    The Kunstverein moves into new exhibition rooms in the old building of the Kunsthalle.
    Exhibitions: Fernand Léger / Wilhelm Lehmbruck / André Masson.

  • 1950

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

  • 1951

    Exhibitions: Henri Matisse / Edvard Munch.

  • 1952

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

  • 1953

    Dr. Bruno Snell becomes first chairman.
    Exhibition: Wassily Kandinsky.

  • 1954

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

  • 1955

    Dr. Alfred Hentzen becomes director of the Hamburger Kunsthalle and at the same time director of the Kunstverein.
    Exhibitions: Ernst Wilhelm Nay / Group Zen 49.

  • 1956

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

  • 1957

    Exhibitions: Emil Nolde / Alexei Jawlensky / Eduard Bargheer.

  • 1958

    Senator Dr. Walter Dudek becomes chairman of the association.
    Jackson Pollock has his first ever German exhibition at the Kunstverein.
    Exhibitions: Serge Poliakoff / Jackson Pollock 1912-1956 / Rolf Nesch / Wassily Kandinsky - Gabriele Münter.

  • 1959

    Exhibitions: Marc Chagall / Ben Nicholson.

  • 1960

    Exhibition: Henry Moore.

  • 1961

    Exhibitions: Lyonel Feininger / Werner Gilles.

  • 1962

    Dr. Hans Platte becomes director of the Kunstverein in Hamburg, which now has 3,025 members.
    Exhibitions: Robert Delaunay / Emil Schumacher / Hann Trier / Aristide Maillol / Oskar Kokoschka.

  • 1963

    The Kunstverein moves into its own exhibition building designed by Paul Seitz at Ferdinandstor, right next to the Kunsthalle. Opening on May 3 with the exhibition Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Seurat. Pioneers of modern painting.
    Exhibitions: Italy 1905-1925. Futurism and Pittura Metafisica / Erich Heckel / Franz Marc / Oskar Kokoschka.

  • 1964

    Senator Dr. Heinrich Landahl takes over the presidency of the association.
    Exhibitions: Édouard Vuillard / Arshile Gorky. Drawings / Ernst Wilhelm Nay. Paintings 1955-1964 / Albert Marquet.

  • 1965

    Exhibitions: Francis Bacon. Paintings 1945-1964 / Max Beckmann / Pablo Picasso. 150 hand drawings from Seven Decades.

  • 1966

    Exhibitions: Horst Janssen / Georges Rouault / Matisse and his friends - Les Fauves / From Impressionism to Bauhaus / Otto Dix.
    The Kunstverein has 4,255 members.

  • 1967

    Hans Platte's brochure 150 Years of the Kunstverein in Hamburg is published to mark the anniversary.
    Exhibitions: From Bauhaus to the Present / Emil Nolde. Watercolors from the years 1894-1956 / Alexej Jawlensky / Raoul Dufy.

  • 1968

    Exhibitions: British art today / Antoni Tàpies / Collection 1968 Karl Ströher (with Beuys block) / Realism in painting of the 20s / August Macke.

  • 1969

    Exhibitions: Painting Surrealism from the Beginnings to the Present / Ernst Wilhelm Nay / Ernst Ludwig Kirchner.

  • 6. The Politicization of the Kunstverein (1970-1985)
  • 1970

    Exhibitions: Pierre Bonnard / Fernando Botero / Franz Erhard Walther / French Impressionists: Homage à Durand-Ruel.

  • 1971

    Hans Platte leaves the Kunstverein; interregnum in the association's management.
    Exhibitions: Arnulf Rainer / Francois Morellet / KP Brehmer: Production 1962-71 / Kurt Schwitters / Robert Graham / Dorothea Lange.

  • 1972

    Manfred de la Motte becomes the new director of the Kunstverein. He resigns at the end of the year. The new chairman is Prof. Dr. Günther Gercken.
    Exhibitions: USA West Coast 1972 / Georg Baselitz / USA in Venice. America's contribution to the Biennale 1970 and 1972 / Szene Berlin '72.

  • 1973

    Dr. Uwe M. Schneede becomes the new director of the Kunstverein.
    Exhibitions: Palermo. Mural Painting / Jean Fautrier / Peter Blake.

  • 1974

    Exhibitions: Spurensicherung. Archaeology and Memory / Dieter Roth. Originals 1946-74 / Medium Photography. Photographic Works by Visual Artists 1910-1973 / Pablo Picasso. The graphic work / Art in the 3rd Reich. Documents of Subjugation.

  • 1975

    Exhibitions: Willi Sitte. Paintings and drawings 1950-1974 / Hamburger Kunstwochen ́75 / Georg Grosz. Paintings, drawings, prints 1907-1958.

  • 1976

    Exhibitions: Pop Art in England. Beginnings of a New Figuration 1947-1963 / Claes Oldenburg. Unknown watercolors, drawings, gouaches 1954-1974 / Paula Modersohn-Becker. Drawings, pastels, pictorial sketches.

  • 1977

    Exhibitions: Sequences. Photo sequences by contemporary artists / Wolfgang Mattheuer.

  • 1978

    Exhibitions: Edvard Munch. Workers' pictures 1910-1930 / As a good realist I have to invent everything. International realism today.

  • 1979

    Exhibitions: Staged Spaces: Karl-Ernst Herrmann and Erich Wonder / Hermit? Researcher? Social Worker? The changing self-image of artists.

  • 1980

    Exhibitions: Film and Photography of the Twenties / Bildnerei der Geisteskranken. The Prinzhorn Collection.

  • 1981

    Exhibitions: America. Dream and Depression 1920-1940 / Myth and Ritual in the Art of the 1970s

  • 1982

    Exhibitions: René Magritte and Surrealism in Belgium / Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti / Cobra 1948-51 / Time Comparison. Painting and graphic art from the GDR.

  • 1983

    Exhibitions: Hanne Darboven. Writing Time / Images of Death in Contemporary Art with a Review of Hodler and Munch / Artists' Spaces at the Kunstverein and Elsewhere

  • 1984

    Uwe M. Schneede is appointed to the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich.
    Exhibitions: Anna Oppermann. Ensembles 1968-84/ Carl Fredrik Hill & Ernst Josephson: Two Artists of the Late 19th Century / Edvard Munch. Highlights of the painterly work in the 20th century.

  • 1985

    Karl-Egon Vester becomes director of the Kunstverein.
    Exhibitions: Joseph Beuys. Oil paints 1949-1967 / Arnulf Rainer.Hiroshima / Ernst Wilhelm Nay. Pictures come from pictures / Biennale of Peace. Giving peace a form.

  • The Autoreflexive Present (1985-2018)
  • 1986

    Exhibitions: Can we maybe have our mother back! Werner Büttner, Georg Herold, Albert Oehlen / James Ensor.

  • 1987

    Exhibitions: Leon Golub / Andy Warhol: I realized that everything I do is related to death / Gustav Kluge.

  • 1988

    Exhibitions: A.R. Penck / Work in History, History in Work.

  • 1989

    After Karl-Egon Vester's death, Jürgen Schweinebraden Freiherr von Wichmann-Eichhorn becomes director of the Kunstverein.
    Exhibitions: The medium of photography is entitled to provide food for thought. Collection F. C. Gundlach / Jean Dubuffet. A revolutionary painter.

  • 1990

    Maja Stadler-Euler becomes first president of the Kunstverein.
    Exhibitions: Franz Erhard Walther. Dialogues / Maria Lassnig. With the head through the wall / Felix Droese. Volksverhuizing.

  • 1991

    The building at the Ferdinandstor is abandoned because it has to make way for the Kunsthalle extension. The wall painting by Palermo from 1973 is uncovered beforehand. The Kunstverein makes a guest appearance in the small Deichtorhalle.
    Exhibitions: Gegendarstellung. Ethics and Aesthetics in the Age of AIDS / Rémy Zaugg / General Idea - Fin de Siècle / Guttuso.

  • 1992

    Dr. Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen becomes director of the Kunstverein.
    Move to a former bicycle store at Michaelisbrücke / Admiralitätstrasse.

  • 1993

    Exhibitions of Jon Kessler / Erwin Wurm / Andreas Schulze. Move to the remodeled market hall at Klosterwall 23.
    Exhibition: Backstage. Topology of contemporary art.

  • 1994

    Exhibitions: Matt Mullican / Angela Bulloch / Jean Nouvel / Jimmie Durham / Against it / At it. Production and strategy in art projects since 1969.

  • 1995

    Exhibitions: Werner Buettner. The long march to quality / Paul McCarthy / Mike Kelley / Olafur Eliasson / Pipilotti Rist. I'm not the girl who misses much—Slept in, freshly bathed and highly motivated.

  • 1996

    Exhibitions: Michael Majerus. Watercolor / Günther Förg / Franz West - Hans Arp / Carsten Höller.

  • 1997

    Exhibitions: Archigram. Visions of a British Architectural Group / Mark Dion. Natural History and other fictions.

  • 1998

    Exhibition: Liam Gillick. McNamara Papers.

  • 1999

    Dr. Harald Falckenberg becomes chairman of the Kunstverein.
    Exhibitions: Gerwald Rockenschaub. Funky minimal / Thomas Struth & Klaus vom Bruch / John Miller. Parallel economies.

  • 2000

    Exhibitions: Fiona Tan. Scenario / Field Service. Art projects in public spaces, Phase 1 / Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster / Philippe Parreno / Pierre Huyghe.

  • 2001

    Dr. Yilmaz Dziewior becomes director of the Kunstverein.
    Exhibitions: Bodys Isek Kingelez / Cosima von Bonin. Brother Poul Sails / Boarding School / Paul McCarthy. Videos and photographs.

  • 2002

    Exhibitions: Jack Goldstein / Contextualise - Making Connections/ Zhang Huan.

  • 2003

    Exhibitions: Stage 03 / Andrea Fraser. Works 1984 to 2003 / Mapping a City. Mapping Hamburg.

  • 2004

    Exhibitions: Lukas Duwenhögger. Prinzenbad / Cildo Meireles / Formalism. Modern art, today.

  • 2005

    Exhibitions: Robert Kusmirowski. The Ornaments of Anatomy / Academy. Teaching and Learning Art / Louise Lawler. MoMA in Hamburg / Sarah Lucas / Wade Guyton. Color, Power & Style.

  • 2006

    Exhibitions: Yael Bartana / Spirals of Memory / Tino Sehgal.

  • 2007

    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. Contemporary painting.

  • 2008

    Exhibitions: Whose Story / Luis Jacob. Habitat / Sharon Lockhart / We call it Hamburg. Interdisciplinary Festival.

  • 2009

    Florian Waldvogel becomes director of the Kunstverein.
    Exhibitions: Tatiana Trouvé. Bureau of implicit activities: Archives and Projects / Karla Black / Where is the wind when it doesn't blow? Political picture stories from Albrecht Dürer to Art Spiegelman.

  • 2010

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

  • 2011

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

  • 2012

    Exhibitions: Gert & Uwe Tobias / Alexandra Bircken. Household goods / Kiki Kogelnik. I have seen the Future.

  • 2013

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

  • 2014

    Bettina Steinbrügge becomes the first female 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.

  • 2015

    Exhibitions: James Benning. Decoding Fear / Nina Beier. Cash for Gold/ Holly Herndon & Mathew Dryhurst - everywhere and nowhere. / I, Too, Wondered Whether I Could Not Sell Something and Succeed In Life. (Exhibition series co-curated with Nadine Droste).

  • 2016

    Exhibitions: Fluidity / Joseph Grigely. The Gregory Battcock Archive / Lili Reynaud Dewar - Teeth, Gums, Machines, Future, Society / Katja Novitskova - Dawn Mission.

    Planned by Studio Miessen and funded by the Reemsma Foundation, the foyer and lower exhibition space is transformed.

    Tobias Peper joins the Kunstverein as Assistant Curator.

  • 2017

    The Kunstverein celebrates its 200th birthday with the exhibition The History Show (in collaboration with the Art History Department of the University of Hamburg). The Kunsthalle dedicates the exhibition "Art is Public. From the Kunstverein to the Kunsthalle", the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe the exhibition "Zur Belebung des Kunstsinns. 200 Years of the Kunstverein in Hamburg."

    Exhibitions: Jed Martin. The map is more interesting than the territory (Together with Schauspielhaus Hamburg) / Liz Magor. You You / Wolfgang Tillmans. There were 30 years between 1943 and 1973. 30 years after 1973 was the year 2003. / Prem Sahin - Balconies

    The Kunstverein has 1,906 members.

    Christoph Seibt replaces Harald Falckenberg as first chairman of the Kunstverein.

  • 2018

    Exhibitions: Nicole Wermers. Women Between Buildings / Jeremy Shaw. Quantification Trilogy / Ho Tzu Nyen. The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia- Vol 3: N for Names/ Class Relations - Phantoms of Perception.

  • 2019

    Exhibitions: Marguerite Humeau. Ecstasies / Peaches. Whose Jizz Is This? / Oscar Murillo. Horizontal Darkness In Search Of Solidarity.

    Tobias Peper shows Hannah Perry. A Smashed Window and An Empty Room

  • 2020

    Exhibitions: Ars Viva 2020 / Not Fully Human, Not Human at All

    In the first pandemic year, the exhibition format "Being Laid Up Was No Excuse For Not Making Art" attempted to provide a performance space for the various artistic disciplines at the Kunstverein, at a time when only the exhibition halls could be opened. This year also saw the start of moving art education into digital space.

    Tobias Peper shows Matheus Rocha Pitta.

    Nicholas Tammens becomes AssistantCurator.

  • 2021

    Exhibitions: Carnivalesca, What Painting Could Be / Albert Serra. The Three Little Pigs / Proof of Stake, Technological Assertions / Korakrit Arunanondchai. Songs for dying/ Songs for living.

    The second pandemic year was accompanied by the "Easterfield Festival", a three-week festival in public space, co-organized with donkey and curated by a large team of Hamburg cultural workers.

    In 2021, under the project management of Dilara Aniteye, kunstverein.digital was established as an expanded exhibition and mediation space.
    Digital projects
    Mediation: Art pioneers, Idea generator.
    Artistic projects: Leyla Yenirce, Being Strong is Hard / Leon Roth, Free41+EGift Cards/ Insa Wagner, Public Universal Friends
    Cooperation: The Silent University, Orientation Program

    Corinna Koch leaves the Kunstverein after more than 25 years and retires.

  • 2022

    Bettina Steinbrügge leaves the Kunstverein in Hamburg in April to become the new director of MUDAM in Luxembourg.

    Exhibitions: Andrzej Steinbach, Models and Processes / Ludwig Schönherr, Image Inflation.

    Digital projects: Jakob Sitter, postBreeder/ Talya Feldman, We Are Here (Artistic Projects).

    Milan Ther becomes the new director of the Kunstverein.

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