Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste (IGBK)



The Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste (IGBK) is a powerful lobby, representing the interests of visual artists. It unites Germany's three most important supra-regional artist associations on the basis of equality: Bundesverband Bildender Künstlerinnen und Künstler (Federal Association of Artists), Deutscher Künstlerbund (German Artists' Association) and GEDOK, Verband der Gemeinschaften der Künstlerinnen und Kunstförderer (Federation of Women Artists and Patrons of the Arts). IGBK therefore represents more than 14,000 visual artists in Germany. The association was founded in 1957 as the German National Committee of the International Association of Art (IAA).


The Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste (IGBK) facilitates access to the diverse range of international work and exchange opportunities and promotes cross-border mobility of

visual artists. The information portal, jointly operated by IGBK and the International Theatre Institute (ITI) Germany, offers comprehensive information on the topics of visa/residency, transport/customs, taxes, social security, insurance, and copyright for artists working on international projects. A database helps answer the question: where can artists find support for international exchange? The portal is available in German and English and aimed at artists based in Germany who wish to work abroad as well as foreign artists who travel to Germany to work there temporarily. Both the visual arts and the performing arts have been taken into consideration. On artists can find a comprehensive list of international addresses and references as well as continually updated information regarding competitions and scholarships. IGBK issues the IAA International Identity Card for professional visual artists (residing in Germany). This card provides ticket price reductions or free admission in many museums and galleries worldwide. The (advisory) services of the IGBK are available to all organized and non-organized visual artists.

Symposia on Art and Culture:

The Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste (IGBK) organizes symposia and workshops on artistically relevant topics, inviting artists and cultural professionals, scientists, and cultural politicians. With her partners the IGBK discusses current questions regarding communication, self-image, conditions and perspectives of contemporary art. In doing so, the IGBK seeks to encourage new ideas, propose possible solutions and increase awareness for future-oriented concepts. All events are documented in detail in publications and on the IGBK website.

Art Across Borders:

The Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste (IGBK) represents the interests of visual artists at a national and international level, seeking to improve their legal and social status. This means that she is engaged with a number of organizations and networks, particularly at the European level. In cooperation with her partners the iGBK is in dialogue with the relevant political and administrative contacts in the European Union and in Germany and ensure that the needs of artists are considered. The IGBK represents the German national committee of the International Association of Art (IAA), which is the largest international NGO of visual artists with more than 100 members worldwide. The IGBK is one of the founding members of the European Council of Artists (ECA) and a member of the cultural mobility information network. In addition, the IGBK is involved in Culture Action Europe (CAE). On the national level, the IGBK is a member of the German UNESCO Commission and the Kunstrat (Fine Arts Council) of the Deutscher Kulturrat (German Cultural Council) and participates in its European/International Affairs Committee.

Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste (IGBK)


Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste
Mohrenstraße 63
10117 Berlin
Phone: +49 (0)30 2345 7666
Fax: +49 (0)30 2809 9305