Exhibition Funding

The Exhibition Funding Programme supports international exhibition projects in public museums, cultural institutions and galleries abroad. The programme is open to contemporary German artists and artists with at least five years of residency in Germany. Funding is available for solo exhibitions, group exhibitions, participation in an international exhibition project or a biennial abroad.

What Does the Funding Include?

The persons sponsored receive financial support for transport costs, travel and accommodation expenses as well as for rental costs of technical equipment necessary for the exhibition.

What Are the Requirements?

  • The artist must have received an invitation by a foreign exhibition institution.
  • The project will take place in a non-commercial context. The sale of the work is not envisioned.
  • The foreign institution hosting the exhibition provides a significant financial and otherwise own contribution.
  • The project must present work of high-quality.

Exclusionary Criteria for the Application

  • Invitations from private galleries are not permitted.
  • Artists who live in Germany but who do not have German citizenship may not receive sponsorship in their respective countries of origin. 
  • A completed project or a project that has already begun before being accepted by the Exhibition Funding programme cannot be funded retrospectively. Expenses incurred prior to being accepted cannot be redeemed with the funding.
  • Student exhibition projects are not permitted. Please refer to DAAD for these kinds of funding opportunities.

Funded projects

Wolfgang Tillmans: Philharmonie Bloch I, 2017.
01. February2020-16. August2020

Wolfgang Tillmans: Today Is The First Day

ExhibitionWIELS, Centre d'Art ContemporainBrussels
Karin Sander: "Skulptur / Sculpture / Scultura", exhibition view. photo: Luca Meneghel
29. May2020-30. September2020

Karin Sander: Skulptur / Sculpture / Scultura

Andreas Greiner: From Strings to Dinosaurs
17. July2020-01. October2020

Yokohama Triennale 2020 'Afterglow'

ExhibitionYokohama Museum of ArtYokohama

Application in 4 Steps

  1. Request access to the online application via the application system.
  2. Open the link sent in the email and create an online application.
  3. Fill out the application (Interim storage possible).
  4. Submit the application online, then print out the application and send it to ifa by post with all necessary documents.

ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
Exhibition Funding
Charlottenplatz 17
70173 Stuttgart

What Application Documents Are Required?

  • Invitation from the foreign exhibiting institution.
  • General information about the exhibiting  institution.
  • CV and list of exhibitions for all artists for which funding is requested.
  • Visual material in print form (for instance catalogue, photos) of the project to be funded and/or of previous artistic work. Sound and video work can be inserted as a link in the application system under point 6 in the application form or saved on electronic media and sent by post.
  • Three cost estimates each for travel and transport expenses and for the rental costs of technical equipment for the presentation of the exhibition, if applicable.

Application Deadlines

  • 31 January for projects as of June of the same year.
  • 15 August for projects in the following year.

The date of postmark is applicable. Applications sent later than the filing deadline will not be considered.

What Happens After Applying?

All applicants will receive written confirmation or rejection within three months of the submission of their application. Recourse to legal action is out of question.

Documents to Download

By applying, the applicant accepts the funding guidelines and conditions listed in the instruction sheet.


Ingrid Klenner

Charlottenplatz 17
D-70173 Stuttgart

Telephone: +49.711.22.25.171
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