KW Institute for Contemporary Art

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Foto/Photo: Frank Sperling, Courtesy Tatjana Pieters

KW Institute for Contemporary Art is one of the most important institutions for contemporary art in Germany. KW has no collection of its own: instead, it sees itself much more as a laboratory for the presentation of exhibitions, artist ateliers and the latest events in national and international contemporary culture. The KW actively fosters artistic developments in cooperation with artists and institutions as well as via commissioned works.
KW was founded in the early 1990s by Klaus Biesenbach and a group of young art enthusiasts in a rundown former margarine factory in Berlin-Mitte. KW owes its rapid emergence as an international centre for contemporary art to the unique nature of its building, its artistic programme and its partnerships with several other institutions – first and foremost its close relationship to the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York.
In 1997, KW founded the Berlin Biennale für zeitgenössische Kunst (berlin biennial for contemporary art), which takes place for the 11th time in 2020.


KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststraße 69
10117 Berlin

+49 (30) 24 34 59-0
+49 (30) 24 34 59-99
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11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 21:00
Friday -Sunday
11:00 - 19:00

Opening times 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art:

Wed-Mon 11 am-7pm
Thurs 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Closed on Tuesdays

1. January
24. December
25. December
31. December
Admission price
8,00 €

berlinpass–holder: 4 €
Free admission to visitors up to and including 18, holders of the KW Lover* card, members of the KW Freunde e. V., and on Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 pm

Reduced price
6,00 €
Group ticket

Groups of 10 or more: per person 6,00 €

Museum Shop, Cafe

Due to construction work, KW currently cannot provide barrier-free access to the exhibitions. In addition, the barrier-free restroom is currently not accessible. We kindly ask for your understanding. The nearest barrier-free restroom is located next door at me Collectors Room, which will be open daily, 12–6 pm (except Tuesday). We ask for your understanding. (as of: 4 March 20)

The courtyard of KW is paved with cobblestones.
Please ring the designated door bell at the main entrance gate (underneath the door bell panel), our staff members will assist you while entering the building as well as Café Bravo.


For further information please contact us: +49 30 243459-69. 

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