UPDATE 12/04/2021
According to the most recent modification of the protective measures in regards to the corona pandemic, museums, galleries and other art institutions again will have to stay closed. Please check the website of the city of Cologne for the most recent information: https://www.stadt-koeln.de/leben-in-koeln/gesundheit/infektionsschutz/corona-virus/aktuelle-corona-regelungen-koeln. Thanks! Stay tuned.

Founded in 2015, Art Initiatives Cologne (AIC) is a network of independent, non-commercial art and project spaces, art initiatives and festivals in Cologne. Subscribe to our newsletter (further down on the website) and receive regular information about the joint activities of the independent art scene in Cologne. Regarding opening dates in the different exhibition spaces, please check our website. The current AIC-Index 2019/2020 with an overview map can be found in participating spaces and other locations. It is also available for download here. Enjoy discovering the big variety of Cologne's independent art scene.

News

Competition [Deadline 14.05.2020] – Art on former Cologne Advertising Columns 2019-2029


Competition [Deadline 14.05.2020] – Art on former Cologne Advertising Columns 2019-2029

The City of Cologne's Office of Cultural Affairs is currently organizing an artistic competition exclusively addressing the visual arts and photography.

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Kunst an Kölner Litfaßsäulen [März-Mai 2021]: Bärbel Möllmann, "Camera Obscura Wien"


Kunst an Kölner Litfaßsäulen [März-Mai 2021]: Bärbel Möllmann, "Camera Obscura Wien"

Im Rahmen des seit März 2019 laufenden Projekts "Kunst an Kölner Litfaßsäulen" der Stadt Köln sind auf 25 ausgemusterten Werbesäulen im gesamten Kölner Stadtraum im zweimonatigen Wechsel eigens für die Säulen konzipierte Kunstprojekte zu sehen.

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Initiatives

LTK4


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Upon entering the Lutherturm from Volksgartenstrasse, we enter, acoustically, visually and climatically, into an entirely new spatial situation, independent of all ecclesiastical, artistic or communicative use of the location: the road noises appear subdued and yet clearer, the light is focused and yet more intimate, the walls cool and yet more protective. Despite the fact that, in its dimensions, the space can be considered small and traversing it takes but a few seconds, the broad prospect of artistic opportunities becomes immediately apparent. After this, we already find ourselves in the atrium of the Lutherkirche which leads on upwards: five neatly stacked rectangular blocks, accessible via a narrow staircase, at its top end rewarding us with a view of a belfry fit for a cathedral. We feel that we have reached the top of the tower, but we have in fact only just conquered half of it. Onwards we go, visually, acoustically, and artistically. Were the expression of a diamond in the rough not so very worn out, it would be a fitting description of the tower, albeit only if it remained uncut. A state of robust architectural functionality in the context of which sound and art would be able to unfold its credibility choreographically. And in fact does this in a rather particular fashion: For here it is not subject to any ecclesiastical or political intervention; the boundaries set are merely due to physical and structural considerations, never those concerning form or content. From 2017 onwards, LTK4 will offer a new home to sound-based arts at the Cologne Lutherturm. [read more]

Matjö


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Matjö, the project space of the charitable BBK Köln e.V., is both an independent, experimental exhibition space as well as a centre for vocational information and services. The team and board are culturally and politically engaged and stand up for the interests of artists through the BBK. In order to make the great artistic potential of the city visible, Matjö’s exhibition programme consciously focuses on local artists. This means not only Cologne-based artists, but also initiatives originating in Cologne. Furthermore, Matjö is engaged in collaborations with other internationally networked institutions, to actively promote and support intercultural artistic exchange. [read more]