European Rings and Colours.

In 2005, Nicolaus Schafhausen asked us to design the Corporate Identity for the new European Kunsthalle. Since then, we did all the communication.


The European Kunsthalle conceives itself as a basis for a broad range of art forms, including both renowned and emerging contemporary art practices, approaching these in an interdisciplinary and experimental way. It considers itself a forum in which the aspect of artistic production is ascribed a similar significance as the presentation and reflection of art and culture. It knows the value of sound research; and it develops innovative exhibition formats reflecting the diversity of artistic media.
The European Kunsthalle was initiated in 2005 by the European Society for Contemporary Art. The aim was to reflect the concepts and potentials of the ‘Kunsthalle’ model, put it into perspective and develop it for the future. As a discursive platform without a physical location of its own, the European Kunsthalle has, in its two-year founding period under the direction of Nicolaus Schafhausen and Vanessa Joan Müller, developed its own approach to institutional practice.
From 2008 on the programming was directed by the European Programme Team consisting of Astrid Wege (Cologne), Rike Frank (Berlin / Vienna) and Anders Kreuger (Lund / Vilnius). The dimension of the ‘European’ as a collaborative practice remained an important aspect, as did the notion of anchoring the European Kunsthalle in Cologne. The most important projects during this second phase were „European Kunsthalle c/o Ebertplatz“ (2008/ 2009), where the modular spatial choreography designed by Dorit Margreiter at the Cologne plaza Ebertplatz functioned as a temporary site for exhibitions, film screenings and artistic presentations, and further as an invitation to New York. Here, the European Kunsthalle curated a series of exhibitions at the downtown exhibition space Ludlow 38 / Goethe Institut New York (2009/2010).
The third phase is based on the joint initiative of members of the founding as well as the Programme Team and focusses more vigorously than ever before on decentralised activity as well as a collaborative structure. The diverse threads are coming together in Cologne at Vanessa Müller and Astrid Wege. As an institution without a permanent site, however, the European Kunsthalle is targeting overall performative presence: it exists in the very places where its projects are happening.
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