14/5 lecture with B. Kaufmann from NAK

Thu 14/5 6-8pm

Lecture in English


with Ben Kaufmann from NAK

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NAK. Neuer Aachener Kunstverein is one of the youngest institutions of its kind in Germany; a private non-profit association for contemporary art in the tradition of the German Kunstverein model with about 400 members. Where the Kunstverein as an institution and its significance is based on a tradition going back more than 200 years, starting in the era of enlightenment as a legacy of the rising bourgeoisie for showing contemporary art and social exchange, NAK was founded in 1986 as a late echo of the 1964 Fluxus festival, with Joseph Beuys and Wolf Vostell as center protagonist at the local university in Aachen. The spirit of this moment has since been source of commitment to contemporary art.

NAK is a core institution of the local art scene, but way beyond this, it is also internationally recognised as an innovative platform for contemporary art and its discourse. NAK has the freedom to operate relatively independent in terms of its immediate economical as well as political interests. This twofold autonomy predestines the Kunstverein to be a space for artistic experimentation, where innovative curatorial work can be accomplished without spurious consideration for political duties or mercantile calculations. In addition, its slender organisational form allows it to react flexibly, quickly and non-bureaucratically to current artistic developments and to actively engage in these.

The NAK programme reflects on visuality acting as a vehicle for information and value within the globalized economies as well as a medium of art reflecting on actual societal developments in a crystallising way for a critical temporary collective. It is oriented internationally and with consideration of the local context.

Over the 25 years NAK. Neuer Aachener Kunstverein has exhibited several today well-known artists, among them Hans-Peter Feldmann (1991), Bruce Nauman (1993), Candida Höfer (1994), Valie Export, Gerhard Richter, Franz Ackermann (1998), Jonathan Meese, Wolfgang Tillmans (1999), Fiona Banner, Morgan Fisher (2002), Lucy McKenzie (2003), Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven (2004), Matias Faldbakken (2010), Simon Denny, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys (2011), and Goldin & Senneby (2012).

Since 1997 Susanne Titz (1997-2004), Anette Freudenberg (2004), Dr. Stefanie Kreuzer (2005-2006), Melanie Bono (2007-2009) and Dorothea Jendricke (2010-2013) were directors at NAK. Interim directors were Stephanie Seidel and Julia Jung (2011-2012) and Carla Donauer (2013). Since September 2013 Ben Kaufmann is director of NAK.

In 2000 NAK was honored with the ART FRANKFURT PREIS (former Adam-Elsheimer-Preis) for its innovative practice. In 2008 NAK was awarded the JUMP – annual prize for Kunstvereine by Kunststiftung NRW.
2013 NAK was nominated for the ADKV-ART COLOGNE Preis für Kunstvereine for the first time.

NAK is a member of ADKV – Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Kunstvereine and VC, Very Contemporary, Euregio.

Ben Kaufmann (born in 1972)

Ben Kaufmann studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich in the 1990ies and founded Gallery Ben Kaufmann in 2004, which was located in Munich and Berlin. In 2013, he became director of NAK. Neuer Aachener Kunstverein and has shown Klaus Nomi - 2013, Patrycia German, Josephine Meckseper, Billy Childish/Matthias Dornfeld and recently the show MODELL KUNSTVEREIN. Upcoming shows are Klaus vom Bruch and Alwin Lay. In September 2015 NAK, ikob (Eupen) and Les Brasseurs (Liège) will realize the project INTER/sound.

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