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.



Current Exhibitions

24. June2020-31. December2026


Exhibition worldwide
Logo Are you for real
10. December2020-31. December2022


Exhibition worldwide
Tent-like, roundish room completely lined with colourful foils.
22. May2021-21. November2021

17th Venice International Architecture Biennale

ExhibitionArsenale and GiardiniVenice
29. July2021-17. April2022


Exhibition​Brooklyn Bridge ParkNew York
Two mushrooms surrounded by foliage
08. September2021-24. October2021

Momenta Biennale: Sensing Nature

ExhibitionMOMENTA Biennale de l'imageMontreal
08. September2021-21. November2021

11th Seoul Mediacity Biennale

Exhibition​Seoul Museum of ArtSeoul
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German Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia

On behalf of the Federal Foreign Office, 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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