The Bucerius Kunst Forum is an international exhibition centre funded by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius. It is a forum for all the arts, characterized by focused exhibition concepts and an interdisciplinary programme of events. The Bucerius Kunst Forum transcends conventional boundaries between different art forms and epochs, questioning the relevance of familiar topics and offering new ways for a broad audience to engage with art. High-quality exhibition and event programmes present thought-provoking ideas that generate discussion about important social issues and values as well as the role of art in a globalized world.
Located in the heart of Hamburg next to the city hall, the Bucerius Kunst Forum organizes four exhibitions each year, presenting world-class works of art from antiquity to the present day. It is a place to exchange ideas and encounter a broad range of visual arts. In just a few years, the Bucerius Kunst Forum has won the trust of the world’s leading museums and can rely on them for priceless loans. The exhibition centre has become a favourite destination for art lovers in Hamburg and across the whole of Germany. The most visited exhibitions showed the works of Frida Kahlo (2006), Edward Hopper (2009), Joseph Mallord William Turner (2011), Joan Miró (2014) and Pablo Picasso (2016).
The Bucerius Kunst Forum presents outstanding art in new contexts. Its exhibitions highlight artistic relationships across different eras and disciplines, drawing connections between today’s art and that of the past. Works are considered from new theoretical perspectives and from a concrete point of view: for instance, an exhibition on Henri Matisse brought together his portraits for the first time; an exhibition on Frida Kahlo was unique in examining the links between Mexican and European art, and an exhibition on Pablo Picasso was the first to highlight the window as a central motif in all periods of the artist’s work. Even art connoisseurs come away from the exhibitions with fresh impressions and new knowledge.
The Bucerius Kunst Forum stages a lively calendar of events in the Ian Karan auditorium, which can seat up to 199 people. The programme of chamber concerts, lectures, readings and talks is carefully curated to illuminate the themes of each exhibition from different artistic angles. By demonstrating that the visual arts do not exist in isolation, the events inspire visitors with exciting new insights and experiences.
Additional rooms for Bucerius Kunst Forum at city hall
In 2019 Bucerius Kunst Forum will expand its premises by adding new rooms within the building on Alter Wall. The successful concept of focused, themed exhibitions will be continued on a single storey. An additional storey will accommodate an auditorium and atrium for hosting the popular event programme. The service areas will be more spacious to better meet visitors’ needs. The exhibitions will go on as usual during the move.
More space for our guests
Since our events have grown enormously in popularity over the years, attracting to date some 200,000 visitors annually to three or four events per week, current capacities have reached their limit. However, expanding the service and event spaces in their current locations is not possible, nor can we move to an alternative site. “Converting the building on Alter Wall presents us with a unique opportunity to move into new rooms within the building directly across from the courtyard of city hall,” says Managing Director Dr. Andreas Hoffmann.
A whole new floor in the new part of the building has been fitted out especially for the event programme, which features readings, concerts, discussions and lectures. With the new auditorium and an atrium, the space available for events will double in size. The size of the exhibition space will remain the same, since the concept of focused exhibitions has been widely acclaimed. The new premises have the significant advantage that exhibitions can in future be presented on a single storey.
The new lease for the premises will run for 30 years. This provides Bucerius Kunst Forum with a long-term perspective. “With this move, ZEIT-Stiftung will be able to present first-class exhibitions on Rathausmarkt, in the heart of Hamburg, for a further 30 years”, says Prof. Michael Göring, Chairman of the Board of Directors of
ZEIT-Stiftung. In a few months’ time, the last exhibition in the old rooms will close and the next one will open in the new space, thus ensuring a seamless transition.
Bucerius Kunst Club