ZKR – Centre for Art and Public Space aims to explore the complex interplay between art, architecture and public space. As a cultural project of the publicly-owned Grün Berlin GmbH, the ZKR displays art in both an urban and an environmental context. Changing exhibitions display international contemporary art alongside art from the former GDR, thus revealing unexpected associations between the artistic positions of the different eras.
Project Landscape, the first exhibition at ZKR, features nine contemporary artists to be included in the International Garden Show 2017 alongside over 20 artists who addressed themes of landscape in the former DDR. Occasionally poetic, sometimes humorous, but also with a political gravity, Project Landscape translates the different associations into a spatial experience that invites visitors to reflect on the notion of landscape.
Almost 150 years ago, Schloss Biesdorf was built by the royal architect Heino Schmieden as a two-storey, classicist villa with an octagonal tower. Later developed by the Siemens family, who expanded the surrounding landscape park, the estate became property of the city of Berlin in the late 1920s. After a fire almost completely destroyed the upper storey, the property was provisionally repaired in the 1950s and used as a local cultural centre. In September 2016, after a full restoration of the building, the ZKR opened in Schloss Biesdorf.