We believe that artistic work introduces diverse and often new perspectives on questions relating to both the future and the past.

That is why we curate, sponsor, and realise exhibitions focusing on the fine arts, design and architecture: from the history of the Bauhaus to contemporary photography, from artworks examining conditions in postcolonial societies to works providing an up-to-date glimpse of the potential of upcycling. In doing so, we are creating thematic areas that are equally relevant for many areas of the world. Getting people to meet each other and more involved in the arts and artistic concepts are at the very core of our work. In the arts department at ifa, we promote this artistic and cultural exchange through our programmes in the ifa Gallery Stuttgart and the ifa Gallery Berlin, through exhibitions worldwide, artists' contacts and exhibition funding as well as through our programmes for biennials and conferences.


All current exhibitions

Olaf Nicolai, GIRO, somewhere in halted time, earth, 2015/2016, © (Olaf Nicolai) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015
21. September2019-01. March2020


Exhibition worldwideMuseu Oscar NiemeyerCuritiba
Visitors in front of image in the exhibition "Future Perfect"
05. October2019-19. January2020

Future Perfect

Exhibition worldwideMüze EvliyagilAnkara
Grafic lettering saying Die ganze Welt ein Bauhaus
26. October2019-16. February2020

The Whole World a Bauhaus

Exhibition worldwideZentrum für Kunst und MedienKarlsruhe
Titre provisoire: Between spins, stops and change of direction
22. November2019-22. March2020

Singapore Biennale 2019

ExhibitionNational Gallery SingaporeSingapore
Video projection of Sebastian Stumpf
08. December2019-23. February2020

with/against the flow

Exhibition worldwideMuseum of Contemporary ArtGuangzhou
Sigmar Polke, „There’s always a pecking order“, says Dagmar Steffen and straightens up the butter knife, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 1996, photo: Frank Kleinbach
14. December2019-05. April2020

Polke vs. Blaudzun

Exhibition worldwideCobra Museum voor Moderne KunstAmstelveen
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German Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia

On behalf of the Federal Foreign Office, the ifa has been coordinating and implementing the national contribution of the Federal Republic of Germany at the Venice Art Biennale since 1971.

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ifa Galleries

The ifa Galleries show the visual arts, architecture and design of a globalized world. They have been addressing contemporary art and current cultural and socio-political developments in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe since 1971 in Stuttgart and since 1990 in Berlin. Exhibition series afford insight into art scenes all over the world and reach across national borders. Conversations, lectures and discussions allow visitors direct contact with artists and curators.

ifa Gallery Berlin

ifa Gallery Stuttgart

Exhibitions worldwide

With its diverse exhibition and event programmes on contemporary art, the ifa links the German art scene with internationally active cultural creators and forms cooperations and networks. The projects, which are often developed in co-creation, generate local meeting platforms, allow international perspectives on topics of global relevance and provide well-stocked repositories of information. The ifa also provides loan exhibits to interested museums.

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