“Karin Sander,” 2011. Exhibition view at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), Berlin. Courtesy n.b.k.
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) is a site of contemporary art and discourse production. It was founded in 1969 with the goal of presenting contemporary fine art to a broader public—and to invite that public to actively participate in cultural processes.
In 1970, n.b.k. founded one of Germany’s first “artotheks,” in which art enthusiasts can borrow from more than 4,000 works of international art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, free of charge. The Artothek Mobile at n.b.k. creates exhibitions for public institutions, schools, and businesses. Through the new design of its usage zones, n.b.k. will be presenting its Artothek collection with changing thematic emphases and in various forms of presentation. Within its Video-Forum, n.b.k. possesses a collection of more than 1,300 international art videos that has constantly been expanding since its founding in 1971. Since the summer of 2008, the holdings of the Video-Forum have been viewable in a separate space. Presentations and screenings relevant to the collection explore current and historical developments in video art. Both collections—Artothek and Video-Forum—are open to the general public, and offer space for experimental art and cultural education.