Adolf Krischanitz Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin


Welcome: Ulrich Müller

Introduction: Katja Bloomberg

At the end of 2005 the exhibition “36×27×10” took place in the former Palast der Republik in Berlin. It showed art of international renowned artists living in Berlin and brought up the discussion about the problem of a missing exhibition hall in this city. Due to the enormous resonance, the cultural manager Constanze Kleiner and the artist Coco Kühn developed afterwards the idea of a temporary exhibition hall, which found numerous supporters immediately. At the beginning of 2007 the foundation Stiftung Zukunft Berlin by the art patron Dieter Rosenkranz provided the financing of this unique plan. Also the Viennese architect Adolf Krischanitz became integrated as the planner in the project.

Krischanitz already built a temporary building for the Kunsthalle Wien. For Berlin he designed a 56×20m large box with a height of 11m, which sets an urbanistic accent at the northwest corner of the Schlossplatz. The building, which is a wood construction with prefabricated elements, includes a nearly 600m² large exhibition space as well as a coffee bar and a book shop. The special to it is the facade covered by art which will be designed successively by different artists. With this proposal Krischanitz won the competition against the “Cloud” called project by Graft architects at the end of October 2007 and received the official support of the Berlin senate. Start of construction will be in May 2008, the opening will be on 1st September 2008. Then there will be shown exhibitions of young contemporary art until the beginning of the re-erection of the Berlin Stadtschloss in 2010.

Beside the current architect’s plan the exhibition shows eight models in scale 1:100 with proposals for the artistic design of the facade, on whose realization will be decided in April 2008.