In Memory of Axel Daniel Reinert
Axel D. Reinert, long-standing head of Schillerpalais, active in the Network of free Berlin Project spaces, art blogger and supporter of the Berlin art scene, has passed on after a long illness on Wednesday, August 29th 2018. He had been an active and engaging networker and supporter of the Berlin art scene. We shall miss him!
We mourn for Nikolaus Hein
Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln e.V. mourns for Nikolaus Hein, one of the founders of the society. He passed away on August 13th 2018.
Nikolaus Hein founded the Puppentheathermuseum Berlin in our neighbourhood in March 1995 and has since then committed himself to Neuköllner culture. We lose an active and creative artist who kept his eyes on more than the theatre puppets.
Neukölln art prize
On January 20th 2018, about 300 guests at Heimathafen Neukölln gave a rousing round of applause to the following artists:
The first prize went to Claudia von Funcke, the second prize awarded to Regina Weiss, and the third prize went to Doro Zinn, who was also recipient of a special prize from STADT UND LAND (purchase).
The district department of culture was able to award a total of 5,000 Euros for the second time to the winners of this local art prize.
A jury of seven experts nominated the following 10 artists for the Art Prize: Kristina Berning, Pascal Brateau, Barbara Caveng, Barbara Cousin, Thilo Droste, Claudia von Funcke, Peter Hock, Almyra Weigel, Regina Weiss and Doro Zinn.
Their work was on view at Galerie im Saalbau until March 18th 2018
January 17, 2018
The organisation is looking for
We are looking a new member of staff, as soon as possible, for the Berlin Mondiale project.
November 22, 2017
The 20th edition of 48 STUNDEN NEUKÖLLN
We'd like to invite everyone who has been part of 48 STUNDEN NEUKÖLLN over the years to write something as a contribution to the upcoming book about the history of the festival to mark its 20th anniversary.
We are planning a commerative publication that not only describes positive memories, but also, especially, looks to the future. For this purpose, please send us your recollections, suggestions and hopes for the future.
We're looking forward to your input and thank you, in advance, for your feedback.
November 15, 2017
48 STUNDEN NEUKÖLLN
from June 22 - 24, 2018
Neue Echtheit – A new sense of of what is genuine, real, authentic
We live in an age in which what is legitimate, veritable and real is no longer clearly defined. An appreciation of what is original and genuine is now, through changed social conventions and new means of communication, less widespread; former certainties about economical and ecological developments fade and regard for such qualities have become anachronistic. Do we have to re-examine the meaning of what is real in this epoch of digital omnipresence? Is there still an expectation that art ought to be honestly real and genuine? These are the crucial questions that our festival theme poses.
There is often an assumption that artists produce work that is original or at least what can be “sold” as such. The art market demands work that is genuine and authentic, while also constantly redefining what is “real”, ever eager for direct echoes of the artist's biography. What strategies have been developed in the arts to deal with this need for authenticity? What materials, processes and approaches can still deliver what is really real? Does this approach need to be re-examined?
Beginning of applications / registration: December 11, 2017
Deadline for applications for contributions to the festival: February 11, 2018
Deadline for applications to the festival of Young Artsl: March 9, 2018
Deadline for applications for open studios, project spaces and guided tours: April 13, 2018
Neuköllner Produktion and the Neukölln Art Prize 2018
The awards ceremony for the Neukölln Art Prize and the opening of the exhibition of the 10 nominated artists' work took place on Saturdtay, Januay 20, 2018 at 7 pm at Galerie im Saalbau.
Dates of the events in the framework of Neuköllner Produktion - Open studios:
Januay 20 – 21, 2018
Times: Satursday and Sunday 12 noon – 5 pm
Deadline for registration for the open studios part of Neuköllner Produktion was possible until November 30, 2017.
Details at: www.art-spaces-nk.de
October 16, 2017
August 31, 2017
The organisation is looking for
as soon as is possible, a new colleague to be responsible for the Berlin Mondiale project.
June 29, 2017
The organisation is looking for
From October 1, 2017 a new colleague to be responsible for Jobcoaching.
June 21, 2017
48 STUNDEN NEUKÖLLN – A festival of the arts
June 23 - 25, 2017
Festival-Thema 2017: Shadows
Shadows not only follow us in reality; they are also on our heels metaphorically. Turns of phrase like “Where there's light there's also a shadow”, “Great events cast a shadow” and “The shadowy side” are integral parts of everyday speech. Events do cast a shadow on entire epochs, people can be damned to a life on the shadowy side, yet new things can come to the fore, outside of society – both good and bad. Politics also have their shadowy side: populism, uncertainty, and instability have an impact on the phenomena of art and everyday life. The tension between light and darkness provides a broad spectrum of formal, artistic options.
Over the course of its 19 years of existence, 48 STUNDEN NEUKÖLLN has, again and again, emphasised ideas in current political discourse. Sometimes, this wasn't enough to invite artists to delve into a theme and a statement was also made by the organisation itself.
Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln e. V. has expressly criticised developments in the district that have led to the displacement of long-term residents as well as social and cultural venues. Investors who purchase properties in the area to speculate with them are not welcome – anything but!
Those who suggest that the arts are solely responsible for such developments are expressly invited to make an ironic commentary about gentrification at the centre of activites during the festival, the Passage, where Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln is also based:
Make more - Architecture & urban policy association
The presentation of the results of an international architecture- and urban planning competetion MAKE MORE to redevelop the Passage. From more than 700 contributions, a project from Neukölln won:
This is a photo of Marc Klee's "Establishment" from the Out of the Dark, 2017
Photo: Ines Borchardt
March 28, 2017
The Comenius-Garten celebrates its 25th anniversary
There was a workshop in a greenhouse there: “the construction period was a very strenuous, but now, with light flooding the space, we are certain that this will prove to be a joy-filled component of the Comenius-Garten." Congratulations!
February 8, 2017
A new look to our website
Following the switch to a content management system, our website can now be read on mobile devices. For the time being, it is a work in progress...
February 1, 2017
We're pleased to welcome a new member
Our new member is Artplatform Cell63, a gallery and project space that the artist Luisa Cantucci established in 2008 in Schillerpromenade area. More information can be found at: http://www.cell63.com
The photograph shows a work that will be part of a show there from February 10-March 14, 2017, SCINTILLATION by AQUA AURA.
January 18, 2017
48 Stunden Neukölln – A festival of the arts
Takes place from June 23 - 25 in 2017. The annual theme for 2017 being Shadows. Registration for the 19th edition of 8 Stunden Neukölln are possible until February 6, 2017.
In a time which dark shadows are cast by political and societal cataclysms by populism, reactionary ideas, fear and tension, a time when the shadowy sides of our system have radically come to the fore, we'd like to open up a discussion about the many facets of this ambiguous and also aesthetically-challenging festival theme.
More information can be found on www.48-stunden-neukoelln.de
January 14, 2017
The Neukölln Art Prize 2017
The quality and quantity of artistic produkcion in Neukölln is, compared to other cities internationally, very high. This abundance and the considerable artistic professionalism, have all contributed to a new intiative from the district council cultural department: the Neukölln Art Prize. In response to the first call for entries from Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln, 180 artists with a studio in Neukölln applied. Ten of them were selected by a seven-member expert jury for the award, worth 5.000 Euro together. Their works will be presented in a group show, curated by Cathérine Kuebel at Galerie im Saalbau. The winners of the competition were announced at the ceremony on January 13, 2017:
1st prize DIANA ARTUS
2nd prize KATHARINA MOESSINGER
3rd prize FRANCA WOHLT
recipient of the special STADT UND LAND prize: CARSTEN KAUFHOLD
Support for the award has come from the STADT UND LAND housing association and the BIWAQ-Projekt Unternehmen Neukölln.
Photo: Tanja Schnitzler
January 4, 2017
As a year for art, 2017 began with the opening of a new celebration of art made in Neukölln. Neuköllner Produktion is a showcase of the diversity and quality of artistic production in what is presently one of Berlin's hubs of creative activity. There's a special dimension to beholding art beyond galleries and museums since, most of the time, artistic production in a studio occurs out of public view.
Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln e. V. is pleased to present a new format for artists working in Neukölln, giving their activities new possiblities for presentation.
January 14 -15, 2017
from 3- 8 pm on each day
More information can be found on: www.art-spaces-nk.de
We welcome two new members
The archive of the Böhmischen Dorf e.V. (Website in progress) provides information about more than a 280 year history of migration. The archive documents life in Rixdorf, which was settled in 1737 by immigrants from Bohemia and their offspring. Looking back at policies about immigation during the Prussian period should, according to the archive, also provide insights into contemporary immigrants and their situation. Along with offering tours of the area still known as the Bohemian village, böhmische Dorf with its gardens, alleys and hidden courtyards.
Lite-Haus Galerie, which includes a project space, brings people together through art by facilitating intercultural artistic dialogue. Lite-Haus is a forum for exhibitions and projects that deal with various environmental, both ecological and cultural - dimensions in which art can be a useful tool to build bridges between people and their respective cultures. www.lite-haus.net
August 29, 2016
The Berlin Mondiale project begins its third season!
June 2, 2016
48 Stunden Neukölln has come of age!
The 18th edition of the festival showed art dealing the theme of SATT (contented, satisfied, full). From June 24 - 26 2018 the best of Neukölln, at more than 300 art venues, works by more than 1200 participating artists were on view. More at www.48-stunden-neukoelln.de.
May 9, 2016
News from the head office
The board and managing directors are very pleased about a competent addition to support the team: Ilka Normann is back as one of the managing directors of the organisation. Welcome!
May 6, 2016
We welcome two new members
Kunst im Tauthaus www.kunstimtauthaus.de and Signtrail e.V. i.Gr., which does not presently have a website.
March 7, 2016
The organisation is pleased that two new members have joined:
January 15, 2016
The organisation welcomes a new member: Hotel Rixdorf (formally Central Rixdorf) at Böhmischen Platz! https://www.facebook.com/hotelrixdorf
December 21, 2015
Kulturnetzwerk turns 20
On December 15, Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln e.V. celebrates its 20th anniversary. By establishing the network 20 years ago various groups have been brought together giving Neukölln a new image; not only as the organisers of 48 Stunden Neukölln, but also of various other cultural projects. These include 19 Freiheiten (liberties), the Grenzgängern (those who are in between), Rudower Vielfalt (diversity in Rudow), and, to mark the 50th anniversary of Gropiusstadt, Kulturnetzwerk provided a new, innovative approach to culture there. Presently, the registered charity Young Arts Neukölln, which is part of the BIWAQ-project Unternehmen und Neukölln (businesses and Neukölln) co-operates with Berlin Mondiale all over the city to organise culture-related projects with people who have come to the city as refugees.
A way to provide paid work, and help cultural institutions in Neukölln carry out additional projects is yet another aspect of Kulturnetzwerk. Another is that, thanks to the network, over the last 20 years, several hundred people have been helped to develop a new relationship to paid work and many are now an active in the job market. To mark the 20 years of ite existence, Kulturnetzwerk has invited people to the Neukölln Opera. The event started out with a welcoming address by district mayor Dr. Franziska Giffey. Then, a number of prominent guests on the podium recallled the beginnings of the organisation in 1995, while also looking forward to the year 2035. Among those participating in this discussion were Dr. Dorothea Kolland (former head of the district office of culture) and the first managing director of Kulturnetzwerk, Jürgen Maier (now at the Maxim-Gorki-Theater) together with Thorsten Schlenger (Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln e.V.) district councillor Jan-Christopher Rämer, Ingo Malter (STADT UND LAND), Bridge Markland (performer), Andreas Altenhof (Neuköllner Oper) and Dr. Martin Steffens (Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln e.V.).