European Kunsthalle 2005 2006 2007
The publication "European Kunsthalle 2005 2006 2007", published by Vanessa Joan Müller and Astrid Wege, recounts two years of European Kunsthalle activities and experiences while providing a glimpse into how the European Kunsthalle project could be continued in the future. Among others, the contribution "Spaces of Production" further elaborates on one of the last two years’ oft-discussed questions concerning the relationship between a contemporary art institution’s content-based programming and its spatial-architectural site. It sketches a scenario between the traditional exhibition space and a de-centralized, temporary positioning as a spatial-psychological option for the European Kunsthalle in Cologne.
The Question of the Day
Does a Kunsthalle still satisfy the needs and demands of contemporary art mediation and presentation? What role does art play in a rapidly changing social context and what are the parameters of its cultural institutions? These initial questions were posed by the founding team of the European Kunsthalle from June 2005 to May 2007 and forwarded in the web-project „The Question of the Day“ to artists, curators, critics, gallerists, and theoreticians. The book „The Question of the Day“ finishes this project and brings together its answers, statements and suggestions.
Published by Nicolaus Schafhausen and Julia Moritz. Sternberg Press, Berlin 2007. ISBN 978-1-933128-29-0. english/german. 15,00 € plus shipping. order
In March 2006 the EUROPEAN KUNSTHALLE was holding “Under Construction”, a series of events which took place each day at different cultural locations in Cologne. Current issues on location advantages, financing models, and trends in contemporary art and presenting them in art institutions formed their thematic background. The interest behind “Under Construction” was it to bring together representatives of different disciplines and render the process of defining the parameters for a new European Kunsthalle accessible to the broader general public. The publication "Under Construction. Perspectives on Institutional Practice" documents most of these events.
Published by Vanessa Joan Müller and Nicolaus Schafhausen. Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne 2006. ISBN 978-3-86560-119-3 (english version). 18,00 € plus shipping. order