Badischer Kunstverein

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Headquarters of the Badischer Kunstverein in Karlsruhe's Waldstrasse

The Badischer Kunstverein eV is a non-profit and registered association based in Karlsruhe , which is dedicated to the mediation of contemporary art . It belongs to the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Kunstvereine (ADKV) and is one of the oldest German art associations .


On May 1, 1818, the Art and Industry Association for the Grand Duchy of Baden was founded by a group of influential Karlsruhe citizens, including the painter Karl Ludwig Frommel . Karlsruhe thus has the third oldest German art association after Nuremberg (1792) and Hamburg (1817) . The first exhibition took place as early as 1821. In 1823 the association acquired the former cadet house at Waldstrasse 3 for its own purposes, but it was demolished in 1899. In an open architecture competition , the association decided on a design by the architect Friedrich Ratzel . In 1900 the new building, which still stands today, was inaugurated by Grand Duke Friedrich I of Baden and handed over to the art association for the general purpose of the fine arts .

During a renovation in 1964, the cabinets on the ground floor and the atrium were included in the exhibition area. In 2002 the art association was temporarily closed and the building at Waldstrasse 3 was extensively renovated . It was u. a the skylight glazing replaced, the spatial relationship restored, the surfaces restored in all rooms and the columns in the Waldstrasse hall exposed. On January 26, 2003, the newly opened Badischer Kunstverein was inaugurated with a ceremony. The Kunstverein now has a total of 1,000 square meters of exhibition space on three floors. The association has around 1,700 members.


The association is an exhibition center for contemporary art and also organizes guided tours, lecture series, film programs, symposia, art trips and other events to promote contemporary art and artists. It organizes eight to ten exhibitions a year that present and evaluate current developments in the visual arts. Accompanying catalogs provide more detailed information on individual artists or thematic contexts. The association also regularly offers its members the opportunity to present their own works in a member exhibition.


In 2012 the association received the annually awarded prize for art associations of the ADKV and Art Cologne .

Head of the Art Association (since 1945)

Exhibited artists (selection)


  • Pictures in a Circle - 175 Years of the Badischer Kunstverein , Karlsruhe, 1993. ISBN 3-89309-064-9
  • Angelika Stepken: Critical Societies: An exhibition project in four chapters . Karlsruhe, 2006. ISBN 978-3-938821-31-2

Web links

Commons : Badischer Kunstverein  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Members' exhibition 2015/2016. Retrieved December 19, 2015 .
  2. ADKV press release., accessed on December 17, 2015 .
  3. Biography of Angelika Stepken. Goethe-Institut database, accessed on December 17, 2015 .
  4. Biography of Anja Casser. Goethe-Institut database, accessed on December 17, 2015 .

Coordinates: 49 ° 0 ′ 40 ″  N , 8 ° 23 ′ 59.1 ″  E