The Art Scene

Biennials and Large Exhibitions

Periodic exhibition projects such as the documenta every five years in Kassel, the Berlin Biennial, or Skulptur Projekte Münster every ten years attract great interest and can be seen as flagships of German cultural policy.

ifa Biennials Database

Biennale-Datenbank des ifa

The ifa Biennials Database provides an overview of dates, locations, and curators of biennials and other periodic exhibitions in Germany.

Biennial Foundation Database

Datenbank der Biennale Foundation

The Biennial Foundation Database presents up-to-date information on biennials worldwide, searched alphabetically of in an interactive map. The Biennial Foundation is an international network promoting exchange of information and experience between the world’s biennial organizers.



documenta is one of the most significant exhibitions of contemporary art worldwide. It takes place every five years in Kassel:

Art Activities

Up to the early 1990s, the Rhineland and in particular the city of Cologne was seen as the center of the German art scene, but since the mid-1990s Berlin has become one of the most attractive locations for international art. The creative industries have since boomed in Berlin, but the artistic energy and attraction of the city is unchanged. Away from the main centers in Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig, Cologne, Frankfurt am Main, Dresden, Stuttgart, and Munich, smaller cities also have a wide variety of contemporary art and culture on offer.

Kulturportal Deutschland for culture and media

Kulturportal Deutschland für Kultur und Medien

The internet platform Kulturportal Deutschland for culture and media provides news from German and European cultural policy. A database can be searched for events, institutions, and interest groups.

Visual Arts Guide for Germany

Wegweiser Bildende Kunst in Deutschland

The Goethe-Institut provides an annotated collection of links on museums, art fairs, institutions, prizes and scholarships, education and training und online services.

Links list of the ADKV

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Kunstvereine (AdkV)

The Partnership of German Art Associations (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Kunstvereine, ADKV) provides a links list with important institutions and protagonists in the fields of cultural policy, associations, intellectual property law, artists’ social insurance, other insurance, art law, foundations and supporters, culture research, art academies and universities, art news and magazines, international magazines, art education and dissemination, job market, qualifications and further training.

The internet platform on activities in contemporary art offers an annotated links collection to exhibitions in museums and galleries

ifa Artists’ Database

Künstlerdatenbank des ifa

The ifa Artists’ Database provides current information on biographies, bibliographies, exhibitions, and publications by artists, architects, and designers that feature in ifa exhibitions. The artists’ database complements the online presentation of ifa exhibitions of German art abroad and in the ifa Galleries in Berlin and Stuttgart.

Art Magazines and Journals

There are numerous art magazines published in German-speaking Europe, and some of them are available in English. Artists’ own fanzines develop independently and come in many different forms, and are produced and distributed in unconventional ways.

Art – Das Kunstmagazin

Art – Das Kunstmagazin

Europe’s largest art magazine focuses on contemporary art. It is a fairly mainstream publication that appears monthly.

Camera Austria International

Camera Austria International

Camera Austria International, published in Graz, is a leading specialist magazine for photography. It appears every three months in German and English. With contributions about individual artists and general essays, the role of photography in contemporary art, the new media, and general social developments is debated.

frieze d/e

Frieze d/e

This magazine on contemporary art and art activities in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland appears every three months, in German and English.



This magazine, published in Zurich, portrays artists, reports on current exhibitions and events, publishes information on art exhibitions, short news, and a comprehensive exhibition calendar.  

Kunstforum international

Kunstforum international

This comprehensive specialist magazine has an international focus, with numerous reviews of exhibitions or books, interviews with artists and curators, and information on tenders, scholarships, and prizes. Each issue has a special focus theme.



The art information service contains interviews, news, reports, and comment on the worldwide art and gallery scene in newspaper format. Kunstzeitung is provided free of charge to museums and galleries and appears monthly.

Monopol. Magazin für Kunst und Leben

Monopol. Magazin für Kunst und Leben

This magazine on art and lifestyle has received numerous awards. The focus is on contemporary art, but there are also articles on design, architecture, fashion, literature, and film. Appears monthly.



Each issue of Parkett is produced in direct collaboration with international artists with several articles devoted to their work. This magazine on contemporary art is comprehensively illustrated and appears twice a year.


Spike is published in Vienna and appears every three months in German and English. Since 2012 Spike also has an editorial office in Berlin. Spike Art Quarterly takes a close-up look at art and artists.

springerin. Hefte für Gegenwartskunst

springerin. Hefte für Gegenwartskunst

This magazine for criticism and theory of contemporary culture is based in Vienna. It looks at culture, society, and politics, is published in German and internationally distributed.

Texte zur Kunst

Texte zur Kunst

This specialist magazine focuses on theory on contemporary art and culture. It appears every three months with a thematic title, and contains essays, interviews, discussions, and reviews on contemporary art, film, music, fashion, and design in German and English.

Network Art of the Association of German Galleries

Bundesverband deutscher Galerien (BVDG)

In its rubric Network Art the Association of German Galleries offers an overview of art magazines and online portals in German-speaking Europe.  

Who Is Who?

Curators in Germany

Who is who – Kuratorinnen und Kuratoren in Deutschland

The selection of curators in the field of contemporary art presented here is done in cooperation with the Advisory Board of the department of Visual Arts at the Goethe-Institut. Search results provide both biographical information and links to selected projects or institutions.


The number of regular art prizes and scholarships in Germany has greatly increased. Art prizes recognize successful artistic work and thereby contribute to the promotion and dissemination of art.

Cultural Prizes Handbook

Handbuch der Kulturpreise

The Cultural Prizes Handbook (Handbuch der Kulturpreise) is available online and lists numerous art prizes.

Aachen Art Prize

Aachener Kunstpreis

The Aachen Art Prize is awarded every two years to prominent artists who have had significant impact on the international art scene. The prize money is 10,000 euro. The prize ceremony is accompanied by an exhibition in the Ludwig Forum.

Arnold Bode Prize

Arnold Bode Preis

Der Arnold Bode Prize is awarded biannually, and in every documenta year, to artists in recognition of their outstanding work in contemporary art. The prize money is 10,000 euro. Usually the prize ceremony is held in the Kassel Art Association and wherever possible in conjunction with an exhibition.

ars viva Prize

ars viva

The ars viva prize is awarded annually to young artists. Winners are selected according to thematic focuses that reflect current trends in contemporary art, such as time, identity, narrative, sound, or performance. The prize money is 5,000 euro. The prize also includes an exhibition series, shown in three different institutions for contemporary art, two in Germany and one elsewhere in Europe.

Bremen Art Prize

Bremer Kunstpreis

The Bremen Art Prize is awarded to artists living in German-speaking Europe, with prize money of 15,000 euro.  

Gabriele Münter Prize

Gabriele Münter Preis

The Gabriele Münter Prize is awarded every three years and is the only art prize in Europe that is exclusively for women older than 40. The prize money is 20,000 euro and linked to a solo exhibition.

HAP Grieshaber Prize of the VG Bild-Kunst

HAP-Grieshaber-Preis der VG Bild-Kunst

The VG Bild-Kunst HAP Grieshaber Prize is awarded annually for outstanding artistic achievement. The prize money is 25,000 euro. The prize also includes an exhibition in the Association of German Artists project space in Berlin.  

City of Goslar Kaiserring

City of Goslar Kaiserring

The city of Goslar awards the Kaiserring, prize for modern arts, annually to a fine artist with international significance. The award includes an exhibition with works by the winner in the Goslar Mönchehaus Museum.  

Max Beckmann Prize

Max Beckmann-Preis

The Max Beckmann Prize of the City of Frankfurt a.M. is awarded every three years for outstanding work in painting, graphic arts, sculpture, or architecture. The prize money is 50,000 euro.[_id_inhalt]=21491

National Gallery Prize for Young Art

Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst

The National Gallery Prize for Young Art is awarded biannually to artists under 40 living in Germany. The winner holds a curated exhibition in one of the National Gallery venues.