Since its founding, Kim? has occupied various rented locations, often initiating cultural revitalization in neglected areas through its activities. From 2009 to 2016, the Kim? Contemporary Art Centre was situated in Spīķeri, transforming the space into a hub for art exhibitions using its own resources. However, following the sale of this property, Kim? was compelled to relocate. In 2016, it became the pioneering tenant of the Sporta Quarter, playing a key role in making this space accessible to the public. Now, as Kim? approaches its 15th anniversary, there is a strategic plan to broaden its scope within the new premises to complement its program with artist residencies and workshops.

“Kim? has proven itself for 15 years, supporting Latvian artists and promoting their careers both here and abroad. Yet, despite our successes, we’ve never had a place to call our own, with a significant portion of our budget swallowed by high rents. Now, securing a permanent home opens up new possibilities. Instead of giving our funds to private investors, we can channel more of them into nurturing the talent of our artists,” says Evita Goze, Executive Director of Kim?.

“It’s a great development that the property at Hanzas Street 22, previously unused by the public sector, will now serve a wonderful new purpose with Kim? Contemporary Art Centre is taking the reins. Kim? is recognized for its significant role in the contemporary art world, essentially serving the public in a unique and meaningful way. For years, there’s been a collaborative effort to plan the future of this location, and after a thorough evaluation of Kim? ‘s activities and ambitions, it’s clear they have a solid plan for both the building’s use and their fundraising strategies. We’re genuinely excited about this partnership because Kim? is set to become not just a tenant but a responsible steward of this space. The building is on the brink of a vibrant transformation, promising a fresh start for both the structure and the art center, which will surely turn it into a bustling, well-curated hub for artistic endeavors,” says Andris Vārna, Board member of the State Real Estate.

From 1948 to 2015, the building at Hanzas Street 22 housed the Riga Food Industry Technical School and the Riga Business College, but it has been empty since 2015. Last December, the public got a sneak peek at the new location when one of its halls hosted the four-day exhibition Black Market ’23, an art market exhibition with 26 artists from Latvia. The building will make its grand public debut in the summer of 2024 when Kim? will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a new contemporary art festival “New Address: EDEN”. Development of a construction project for the new address has been launched by the architecture office Vilnis Mičulis. In the upcoming months, Kim? will present a more comprehensive plan of the future home and the project’s progress to the public.

When the East Slovak Gallery opened its doors to the public for the first time, it represented an important milestone for Slovak culture. Two years after the opening of the Slovak National Gallery, the first regional gallery was established in 1951 in the second largest city in Slovakia. Since its establishment, the gallery has undergone many changes and numerous high-quality artworks have been added to its collection. Our task is to continually collect, showcase and preserve Slovak and foreign fine art, and raise awareness of its complexity and diversity.

The establishment of our gallery, and the building of the former county hall in which the gallery is located, is closely linked to the city of Košice and the rich history of the region of Eastern Slovakia, which has cultural and national significance. Our commitment is not only to work with visual art, but also to highlight relevant contemporary issues such as the climate crisis, social inequality, segregation and intolerance. We take care of the environment and follow the Green Code. We have set ourselves the objective of becoming an inclusive institution that reflects the world in which we live. In addition to collecting, researching, documenting and presenting fine art, we have re-opened our library with a specialized library fund for our visitors and researchers.  We have re-designed the entrance courthouse into a modern point of first contact. In addition, we have set up an independent space called The Extinction of the Planet, where we hold various events focused on the city, urbanism, ecology, climate, and other current topics.

We build on the hard work of our predecessors with the energy of a new generation of curators, gallery educators, and professional staff thinking about art as a catalyst for present and future ideas. Our exhibition projects are diverse and range from old to contemporary art. Outside of exhibitions, the gallery also prepares a rich programme for the professional and general public from the youngest visitors to the elderly. Our team is working to create a professional documentation centre, and we are gradually improving the conditions in the depository for the storing of artworks. We strive to bring quality solutions and new approaches, working in cooperation with renowned architects, artists and scientists.

The Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (LCCA) is a non-governmental organization that has been promoting the development of contemporary art processes in Latvia and abroad since 2000, with a focus on the critical and creative appraisal of events in today’s society.

LCCA organizes art events and exhibitions, runs research and educational projects, as well as regularly producing publications in critical art history, examining modern society and the histories thereof. The center‘s chief area of focus lies in the contexts of Latvia, the Baltics, Eastern Europe and the broader post-socialist region, with matters concerning gender and minorities, the layers of individual and cultural memory, as well as environmental and ecological perspectives.

LCCA finds cooperation with local and international artists and institutions to be of particular importance, and this is reflected in the nomadic scope of the center’s activities — exhibitions, education programs and other events are held across museums, schools, libraries, abandoned buildings and urban spaces. One such event is the international Survival Kit contemporary art festival.

 

The Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art is likewise developing different programs and projects promoting both the values of an inclusive society and an engagement with different audiences. This includes an art mediation program, the promotion of accessibility of culture events for special-needs people, an integration program for foreigners, as well as art therapy lessons for young people suffering from depression and seniors afflicted with dementia and memory impairments.

 

Investigating contemporary art processes and wider trends, as well as emphasizing forgotten and non-chrestomathized art events and personalities is an important part of LCCA’s research projects, which look for fresh and alternative approaches to research. The LCCA archives are an important resource for the preservation and further examination of information.

TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art was opened in 2013. It is located in Szczecin – the Polish capital of the German-Polish border region Pomerania.

TRAFO serves as a multifunctional meeting platform for artists and visitors. It introduces the audience to the tools of art by putting them in various contexts and transdisciplinary relationships. Visual works interact with literature, music, theatre, social sciences and new technologies.

TRAFO acts as an “interpreter” promoting art and placing it in an extremely complex cultural, socio-political, economic and existential domain.

TRAFO is a post-institution which does not follow rigid rules in the rapidly changing world of art.

TRAFO is a testing ground for the history of art, it provides a space for experimentation and demonstration of the artistic process, production and testing of knowledge.

The program of TRAFO consists of exhibitions, research and residency programs, publishing activities, meetings, concerts, lectures. Its integral part is an ongoing educational program addressed to different age groups and introducing them to the issues of contemporary art.

Lviv Municipal Art Center is a new landmark on the cultural map of the city. It is a multi-functional space located in the authentic Neo-Gothic building with a modern architectural solution. The center includes a gallery, lecture halls, media library, bookstore, a cozy cafe, and a workshop. This place is created to introduce you to the world of art, aesthetic pleasure, and reflections. It may serve as a platform for informal education or establish a dialogue between artists.

Exhibitions, lectures, master classes, film screenings, concerts, performances, and other cultural events are waiting here for the residents and guests of the city. Lviv Municipal Art Center unites artists, culture experts, musicians, filmmakers, and other professionals from different cultural areas and industries.

Here, it is not shameful not to understand art. That’s why our curators, mediators, and artists will be happy to give you an all-encompassing tour around. We also have educational programs for children and students.

This is a friendly art space both for parents and children to enjoy their time together with comfort and benefit. Here you can play, learn, and create.

Our mission is to give a full-scale perspective on art and explain simply any sophisticated conception. We will introduce you to the people, processes, and artworks which shape the cultural code of Lviv.

Lviv Municipal Art Center is a “must visit” if you are interested in discovering the city’s heritage and is keen on cultural tourism. Discover Lviv through the Lviv Municipal Art Center!

Jam Factory Art Center is a contemporary art institution that plays a key role in reflecting and presenting contemporary processes in Ukrainian and international art and culture, opening opportunities for public dialogue.

Since 2015, when a renowned cultural entrepreneur and Ph.D. in history, Harald Binder, bought the building of the old Jam Factory to found a contemporary art center, hundreds of people with us have been waiting for the Jam Factory Art Center to open its main gate to the public.

During those eight years, we were developing as an institution simultaneously with the revitalization processes. Building our strategy, forming local and international partnerships, expanding our team, and gaining experience by organizing art programs and events in spaces we could open earlier.

We were able to curate 17 art projects that varied in duration from a few days to years. In such places as Infopoint, AIR Space, and Novo 1 six exhibitions and four theatrical performances took place along with more than a hundred other events: performances, lectures, workshops, presentations, premiers, and excursions.

The experience helped us refine the art center’s program, which consists of several directions: performative, musical, visual art, and community-oriented projects. Now, we are ready to scale up our activities and enter a new phase in the history of our institution by finally announcing the opening of the Jam Factory Art Center.

We are a city gallery bringing our visitors an opportunity to experience intense encounters with contemporary visual arts. Contemporary art is not just something in which one can find pleasure, but rather a particular creative approach to the world. It may result in objects immediately recognisable as works of art, but also in situations or events in time and space, through which artists explore the present and invite viewers to be active and think for themselves.

We are convinced that the gallery should do justice to the nature of contemporary art and meet the needs of artists, curators and other creators. Not the other way around. In fact, a gallery that clings to tried-and-tested and obligatory formats and practices isn’t working properly – not only in relation to art and artists, but above all in relation to the public. Contemporary art sees and shows the world from perspectives that are seemingly not a normal part of our everyday actions. And that’s where its value is to be found.

The contemporary art gallery helps artists realize their visions. At the same time, though, it creates a background for visitors that enables them to recognise and intensely experience ideas about the world and suggestions on how to perceive it, what to do in it and with it, expressed through artistic creation. To understand this, we also offer glimpses into other disciplines that set it in a broader context. In this way, we ourselves keep learning – from the artists, and also from our visitors and collaborators. And education is something that we consider to be an equal and integral part of our activities and identity.

We believe in contemporary art that is continuously continuously developing and whose forms, functions and intentions are constantly changing, just like the world itself. The initial values of modern art – the openness to the new, the criticism of social injustice and a belief in people as free, sensitive and thoughtful beings – continue in contemporary art in a way that corresponds to the 21st century experience and takes on unique forms in various places around the world, including Ostrava.

Our task is to work with contemporary art in order to convey to the people of Ostrava and its immediate surroundings diverse ways of understanding and experiencing the present on the one hand, and on the other the inspiring alternatives for the future, which are being explored by artists from all over the world. With their help, we develop an awareness of an increasingly complex world and different ways of understanding, depicting and considering its risks and challenges. We do it for the benefit of the inhabitants of this unique city – and beyond – as we share responsibility for its condition.

Our new venue, the renovated municipal slaughterhouse, in a way represents a solid, supporting point for our activities, which makes it possible for our programme to preserve a certain conscious degree of volatility and improvisation. We therefore intend to use the next few years to explore, among other things, the various possibilities offered by the new venue and its immediate surroundings.

Marek Pokorný
Director of PLATO

 

https://plato-ostrava.cz/en

 

Based on the resolution of the city council, the city of Košice established the contribution organization on 1 October 2013. It started its activities on 1 January 2014 with the aim of building on the foundations laid during 2013, when Košice was the European Capital of Culture . It covers all the cultural centers that were created during it. The built cultural infrastructure, which was created thanks to investment projects, will be used for cultural purposes, and projects that have proven themselves will also be continued.

The aim of the establishment of the organization is to fulfill the tasks of the city by ensuring activities of public interest, creating conditions for education, culture, educational activities, interest-artistic activities, physical culture and sports through investment projects within the EHMK and management of entrusted property of the city.

The subject of the main activity of the organization is the management of the city’s property, the organization of programs, exhibitions, festivals, theater and film performances, concerts, cultural and educational, social events in the field of culture, tourism at home and abroad, education, upbringing and development of physical culture, scientific and technical services and information services, coordination, ensuring conditions for organization and cooperation with other institutions at home and abroad. The activity of K13 – Košické cultural centers will also focus on publishing activities, marketing activities, support of the creative industry, cooperation with national and international institutions in the field of culture, support and promotion of interest activities, organization of conferences and courses, activities to support employment and regional development.
One of the other activities is the monitoring and evaluation of the project Košice – EHMK 2013 and related activities and projects according to the INTERFACE 2013 project, monitoring and evaluation of the sustainability of these projects and the activities of projects following the EHMK project in the following years.

The creation of a new company was forced by the need to continue the EHMK project in two lines – programmatic and legislative. A contributory organization was created for the legislative framework, whose task is also to ensure program continuity. On the legislative side, the started projects and grants remain within the competence of the non-profit organization Creative Industry.

The vision of K13 – Košice Cultural Centers is to offer cultural infrastructure, i.e. Barracks/Kulturpark, Kunsthalle/Art Hall, Amphitheater and 8 SPOTs for cultural operators, tour operators, companies, individuals, non-profit organizations and the business sector so that the contribution organization creates complex technical and program background with the exception of funding. The intention is to continue the INTERFACE 2013 project, with which Košice worked towards the title of European Capital of Culture 2013.

Translated from: https://k13.sk/k13/o-nas

Mit über 45.000 Werken beherbergt das Brandenburgische Landesmuseum für moderne Kunst (BLMK) mit seinen Standorten in Cottbus und Frankfurt (Oder) die weltweit umfassendste, museale Sammlung von Kunst aus der DDR und den nachfolgenden künstlerischen Traditionslinien. Diese Ressource gilt es verantwortungsvoll zu bewahren, auszubauen und zu erforschen, auf hohem Niveau auszustellen und zu vermitteln. Dafür wird die Sammlung in überregionale und internationale zeitliche, geografische, soziale, kulturelle und vor allem kunsthistorische Kontexte gestellt.

Das BLMK ist 2017 aus der Fusion des dkw. Kunstmuseum Dieselkraftwerk Cottbus und des Museum Junge Kunst Frankfurt (Oder) hervorgegangen. An den zwei Standorten mit insgesamt drei Ausstellungshäusern werden gleichzeitig mehrere Präsentationen gezeigt. Das Ausstellungsprogramm ist eng an die Sammlung geknüpft – Kunst aus der DDR sowie daraus abgeleitete, ostdeutsche Traditionslinien werden dabei auf Augenhöhe mit national relevanten und international gesetzten, künstlerischen Positionen gezeigt. Hinzu kommt ein umfangreiches Rahmenprogramm aus Veranstaltungen und museumspädagogischen Aktivitäten.

Die Ausstellungsprogramme der beiden Standorte sind nicht identisch angelegt, folgen jedoch derselben Logik. Aus dem Verständnis der Sammlungsbestände als Ressource zielen die Aktivitäten des BLMK auf kunsthistorische Kontextualisierung, kritische Auseinandersetzungen mit der eigenen Genese sowie deren Inhalten ab.

Die Mission des BLMK ist nicht auf das Sammeln, Bewahren und Präsentieren von bildender Kunst beschränkt. Vielmehr ist das Museum ein integrativer Bildungs- und Lernort, dessen transdisziplinär angelegtes Programm an der Schnittstelle von lokal, regional und international angesiedelt ist und gesellschaftliche Prozesse aktiv begleitet und reflektiert. Neben den zahlreichen museumspädagogischen Veranstaltungen, werden die Ausstellungen auch durch verschiedenste Führungsformate, Fachvorträge, Lesungen, Performances usw. begleitet. Zu einigen Ausstellungen publiziert das Museum eigene kunstwissenschaftliche Kataloge.

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The German Cultural Forum of Eastern Europe is committed to the future-oriented communication of German culture and history of Eastern Europe and wants to make a lasting contribution to strengthening European identity. All regions in which Germans lived or still live are taken into account.

For the Kulturforum, the cultural heritage, understood as a common basis, is an element of bridge building between Germany and these regions. A lively culture of remembrance in dialogue with partners from the countries of Central and Eastern Europe serves to promote reconciliation and international understanding.

The Kulturforum invites a broad audience at home and abroad to discover the common past and present. In addition, it realizes exhibitions and events such as readings, theme days, discussions and concerts. In addition, the Kulturforum awards a city writer’s grant and the Georg Dehio Prize . His publishing house publishes non-fiction books, cultural travel guides and magazines. The Kulturforum website, three social media channels (see below) and a podcastserve as information platforms for all interested parties with content contributions, event information and news. The Kulturforum sees itself as a mediator between East and West, between science and the public, between institutions and individual initiatives.

The German Cultural Forum on Eastern Europe was founded in December 2000 by the federal government and the state of Brandenburg as a non-profit association based in Potsdam. It is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag.

The domicile of the German Cultural Forum in Potsdam's Berlin suburb

Photo: © German Cultural Forum Eastern Europe, 2017


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