Badischer Kunstverein

The Baden Art Association (Badischer Kunstverein) was founded in Karlsruhe in 1818, and is the second-oldest art association in Germany. It has actively presented and promoted contemporary art since the beginning of the 19th century through to the 21st century. The continuity of its programme and its professional work have earned the Baden Art Association a reputation in regional and international art circles and have substantially contributed to the cultural image of the city of Karlsruhe.

Over 1.200 members support the Baden Art Association in its work of introducing significant artistic developments to the regional institutional discourse and inviting international artists for exhibitions, lectures and other projects.

The Baden Art Association has been located at Waldstrasse 3 since 1900, a house which was specifically constructed according to its needs. It contains 1.000 sq.m of exhibition space on three floors. The art association organizes on average eight to ten exhibitions per year which introduce and evaluate recent developments in contemporary art. Catalogues offer further information on the individual artists or illustrate thematic relationships.

In addition to its exhibition programme, the Baden Art Association also organizes lectures, film programmes, guided tours, discussions, artists’ dialogues, art excursions and special events for teachers and pupils.