GUIDED TOURS

Luiz Roque – Estufa: Luiz Roque, White Year, Video still, 2013. Performer: Glamour Garcia. Courtesy of the artist and Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo/Brussels/Paris/New York © the artist.

Luiz Roque. Estufa
06.07.24–20.10.24

In summer 2024, KW presents the first survey exhibition of the Brazilian artist Luiz Roque (* 1979, BR). His work moves between expanded cinema, visual art and critical theory, combining interests in modernism, pop culture, queer (bio)politics and science fiction. Roque presents the challenges of various Brazilian subcultures and marginalized voices and develops alternative realities. His sculptural video installations explore the fine line between form and content, revealing social and political concerns. Roque's fascination with eerie, dreamlike atmospheres is reflected in his ceramic works. The exhibition at KW presents a body of work spanning two decades, including new ceramics and a film installation, accompanied by a publication that explores Roque's work in greater depth.

  • Guided Tour for groups
    in German & English
    60 min, 70 €
    plus admission
  • Guided Tour for educational groups (students / school groups)
    in English and German
    60 min, 55 €
    plus admission, free up to 18 years of age

  • Booking
    > (+49)30 247 49 888
    > museumsdienst@kulturprojekte.berlin


Zuschnitt: Pia Arke – Arctic Hysteria: Pia Arke, Self-Portrait, 1992. Courtesy Pia Arke Estate.

Pia Arke. Arctic Hysteria
06.07.24–20.10.24

KW and John Hansard Gallery present Pia Arke's first solo exhibition outside of Greenland and the Nordic countries. From the late 1980s to the early 2000s, Arke explored the relationships between time, memory, space, identity and myth in Greenland. As the daughter of a Greenlandic mother and a Danish father, biographical elements flowed into her works. She is considered a pioneer of decolonialist discourse and continues to influence it today. ‘Arctic Hysteria’ shows photographs, sculptures, performances and written works. The exhibition stimulates discussions about colonial relations between Greenland and Denmark and promotes critical self-reflection through Arke's feminist practice. An accompanying publication deals with various aspects of Arke's work, especially from a feminist research perspective.

  • Guided Tour for groups
    in German & English
    60 min, 70 €
    plus admission
  • Guided Tour for educational groups (students / school groups)
    in English and German
    60 min, 55 €


  • Booking
    > (+49)30 247 49 888
    > museumsdienst@kulturprojekte.berlin


Zuschnitt: Jimmy DeSana & Paul P. – Ruins of Rooms: Left: Jimmy DeSana, Self-Portrait, 1985, Copyright Jimmy DeSana Trust; Courtesy Jimmy DeSana Trust and P·P·O·W, New York

Jimmy DeSana & Paul P. - Ruins of Rooms
06.07.24–20.10.24

Jimmy DeSana was a photographer of the New York East Village scene in the early 1970s. His images, characterized by twisted limbs, cloaked figures and saturated colors, explored the human body. Part of the punk and no-wave scene as well as the queer fetish subculture, he portrayed personalities such as Yoko Ono and Debbie Harry. His HIV infection at the end of the 1980s led to a change: he created abstract, unreal images. Paul P., a Canadian artist, is known for his melancholy drawings, paintings and sculptures. He finds his motifs mainly in the archives of gay magazines. His works are reminiscent of 19th century portrait painting and lend the subjects something mysterious. In his more recent work, the artist further develops his expression of beauty. The exhibition 'Ruins of Rooms' offers an overview of the work of both artists and brings them together in dialog for the first time.

  • Guided Tour for groups
    in German & English
    60 min, 70 €
    plus admission
  • Guided Tour for educational groups (students / school groups)
    in English and German
    60 min, 55 €


  • Booking
    > (+49)30 247 49 888
    > museumsdienst@kulturprojekte.berlin


Zuschnitt: KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2023. Foto: Frank Sperling

KW, a hike
Tour through the streets into the past of KW

In the early 1990s, KW Institute for Contemporary Art was founded in a former margarine factory. Their history is inseparably linked to that of their neighborhood, the surrounding streets and its buildings. To understand KW’s historical entanglements, we embark on a walking tour of boarded-up buildings, underground garages, distant domes over burial chambers, communist clubhouses, and the courtyard of a collector who lives in a former nationalized factory. A view of a distant skyscraper overshadowing Soviet-era relics on Alexanderplatz marks the end of our tour of KW’s neighboring streets.

  • Guided Tour for groups
    in English & German
    120 min, 120 €
    no entry to the exhibitions
  • Guided Tour for educational groups (students /school groups)
    in English & German
    120 Min, 105 €
    no entry to the exhibitions

  • Booking
    > +49 (0)30 247 49 888
    > museumsdienst@kulturprojekte.berlin

  • Public Tour
    90 min, free
    Dates and online-booking required in advance > here


Zuschnitt: Hof der Kunst-Werke Berlin, 1991–1993; Courtesy Sabine Hornig, Foto: Alfonso Rutigliano

KW, unboxed
Insights into the archive of KW KW Institute for Contemporary

Art was founded in post-wall Berlin. Since then, exhibitions have been set up, presented, displayed and dismantled almost without interruption. Over the decades, boxes of archive material have piled up until Jenny Dirksen made it accessible in recent years. These fragments of the past can now be used to reconstruct numerous retrospectives in order to get a better grip on yesterday's present. KW, unboxed invites you to take a look behind the scenes. Selected archive material is presented to illustrate the development of a derelict factory into an internationally recognized institution that has also become part of the city's biography through its own history.

  • Public Tour
    90 min, free
    in English 08.06. 11am
    Dates and online-booking required in advance >
    here