The Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof is conceived as a forum for the critical investigation of the results of current artistic production. It supplements the programmes of museums and galleries, which have their own specific agendas and functions. These institutions represent various tendencies in national and international art production and on the respective art markets, covering a spectrum which is rounded out by the Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof.
The Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof pursues an independent exhibition concept deliberately focussing on the experimental art of the twenty-first century. Its intention in doing so is to provide persons interested in art the opportunity to experience an artistic programme whose continuity is founded in innovation. It moreover offers artists a chance to investigate new contents and forms beyond the boundaries of the established art world, and to present them to a broad public.
At the beginning of the twenty-first century, old answers and solutions no longer suffice. The industrial society’s pillars of success have begun to sway. There has been a general loss of orientation; people sense that traditional formulae are no longer capable of restoring order. The balance between individual freedom and social security a culturally robust and future-oriented basis for society.
In a situation like this, the correct solution is not to create a »formed society«, but to generate an atmosphere of openness. It is then vital to have spaces for observant reflection and people who do not bemoan the ineffectiveness of old rules but help to shape new visions. The Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof is one such place for innovation, for pursuing new paths to new goals. This is not about validating what is past but about creating a contemporary framework for identity and a consensus on cultural aims. At the same time, the artists’ creativity provides opportunities for reassessment, recontextualization and renewal.
Art that is provocative opens up new perspectives.
For this reason the Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof is an essential destination for lively minds. With their sense of commitment, artists provide encouragement for change. Both personally and in their art works they stand as examples of internationality and intermediality. They come from different countries, they have worked and lived in many different parts of the world, they work in three dimensions, paint and draw, photograph and film and use the latest digital media in producing their art. They combine music, dance, theatre and the visual arts in crossover projects. They are on the path to the future.
The Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof works in conjunction with all elements within society that share these ideas and objectives. It counts on the cooperation of innovative companies and individuals who make appropriate contributions to support the work of the Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof.
Version agreed by the Board of Directors,
Hamburg, 1 November 2005