Stiftung KUNSTFORUM der Berliner Volksbank gGmbH

Stiftung KUNSTFORUM Berliner Volksbank gGmbH was founded in 2007. Its mission is three-fold: Stiftung KUNSTFORUM collects, preserves and promotes German-German art from 1950 through to today. Its Werkstatt für Kreative extends art education in the Berlin-Brandenburg region in order to inspire the young generation as well as to excite art lovers, customers and employees.

The following three pillars enable Stiftung KUNSTFORUM der Berliner Volksbank gGmbH to bring its mission to life:

  • Stiftung Kunstforum Berliner Volksbank (museum)
  • Werkstatt für Kreative (educational outreach programme)
  • Kunstsammlung der Berliner Volksbank (art collection)

Stiftung Kunstforum Berliner Volksbank

In 2018 Stiftung Kunstforum Berliner Volksbank moved to its new location on Kaiserdamm 105. Since then all special exhibitions have been evolving around different aspects of the art collection of Berliner Volksbank. Cooperations with notable regional, national and international museums are realised 2022.

The Kunstforum opened its doors in 1985. Since then it has been one of the popular exhibition venues in Berlin. About 100 successful exhibitions were shown at the former location on Budapester Straße, including solo presentations of Hans Arp, Horst Janssen, Mathilde Vollmoeller-Purrmann or Werner Tübke. Other public attractions were exhibitions focusing on the Boulevard Unter den Linden, on Dutch still lifes, drawings from ancient Japan or on the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead.

During these years different art historical aspects of the important art collection of Berliner Volksbank have been explored and presented.

Werkstatt für Kreative

With the “Werkstatt für Kreative” launched in summer 2005, the Stiftung KUNSTFORUM der Berliner Volksbank gGmbH is one of the pioneers in the cultural mediation segment for children and young people in Berlin. The interactive, age-differentiated tours and workshops for school classes, in particular, have been and are very well received. Since it was founded, much more than 50,000 children and young people from Berlin and Brandenburg have taken part in around 2,450 free workshops.

In addition to the exhibitions in the Kunstforum der Berliner Volksbank, children and young people learn artistic techniques such as drawing, watercolours, drypoint, collages, printing or modelling under the expert guidance of museum educators.

As well as this, the “Werkstatt für Kreative” also offers external art education programs, such as during the “IGA Berlin 2017” and regularly contributes to holiday offers such as “FEZitty,” “kids Kreativ” and “KinderKulturMonat”.

Kunstsammlung der Berliner Volksbank

The original leitmotif “Bilder vom Menschen – Bilder für Menschen,” later changed to “Bilder von der Stadt,” still forms the conceptual basis for the art collection of Berliner Volksbank founded in 1985.

The renowned collection currently consists of 1,500 works by around 160 artists featuring a large selection of German figurative art after 1950. It traces artistic expression in Germany over the past seven decades, particularly the different development of art in East and West Berlin. Paintings and sculptures, watercolours, gouaches and collages, drawings in various techniques and prints are continuously being collected. 

When GrundkreditBank – Köpenicker Bank merged with Berliner Volksbank in 1999, the institutes’ art collections were also melded consequently becoming a unique collection of German-German post-war art. At that time it put a strong emphasis on artists from Berlin and East Germany – a focus that in West-Berlin of the 1980s was considered visionary. Since then Stiftung KUNSTFORUM has been able to successfully balance the ratio between East and West German art. Today the collection offers the unique opportunity to comprehend the artistic work of the Berlin art scene in both East and West, before the rise of the wall, during the division of Germany and after the fall of the wall.