Kate Newby, “Crawl Out Your Window,” 2010. Exhibition view at GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen. Photo: Peter Podkowik
GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst was founded in 1980 as a Kunstverein, and is located in a former coffee-roasting facility along the River Weser, in the city center of Bremen (northern Germany). Its exhibition space is 450 square meters. Exhibitions focus on emerging and international approaches to all media, in solo and group shows, and create a platform for discourse and experimentation. Since 2008, shows have featured the work of Josephine Meckseper (Germany), FOS (Denmark), Cezary Bodzianowski (Poland), Kathrin Sonntag (Germany), and Özlem Sulak (Turkey). Most of the artists had their first institutional solo exhibition accompanied by a publication at GAK, including Tracy Emin and Peter Doig, who were shown here before they reached international attention. GAK’s exhibition program is complemented by presentations by the preceding generation, which turns out to be highly influential on younger artists (since 2008, e.g., John Stezaker, Trisha Brown, and Matt Mullican). Besides showing particular artistic positions, GAK develops group exhibitions on relevant artistic and social topics, such as “Do All Oceans Have Walls?” (1998), “Space Revised #1 Friendly Takeovers, Strategies of Space Appropriation” (2009) and “One Fine Morning in May . . .” (2010). The exhibitions are complemented by a weekly program of guided tours, lectures, discussions, film programs, performances, and concerts.
Solo exhibitions of a younger generation of cultural producers have also been shown (e.g., Cathy Wilkes , Christian Haake , Shannon Bool , Kate Newby , Sarah Ortmeyer , Susanne M. Winterling [2009/2010], Kathrin Sonntag , and FOS ), in conjunction with influential artistic positions whose work had great impact on current artistic research and production (e.g., Matt Mullican  and John Stezaker ).