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Exhibitions temporarily closed

2.11. – 20.12.2020

Dorothy Iannone & Juliette Blightman: Installation view Kölnischer Kunstverein, 2020. Photo: Mareike Tocha.

Unfortunately, the Kölnischer Kunstverein will have to remain closed from November 3 to at least December 20, 2020 in accordance with the Corona protection measurements of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Despite closed doors, a large part of the exhibition THE COLOGNE CONCERT by Dorothy Iannone & Juliette Blightman will still be visible from Hahnenstraße through the window front. You are welcome to take a look!

The closure also affects the presentation of the Jahresgaben. We hope to open the exhibition to visitors as soon as possible. Until then, we will present the Jahresgaben 2020 and the artists on our website and via Instagram.

Note for our members: The collection of the Vereinsgabe (Member’s edition) 2020 by Marcel Odenbach is possible from the reopening of the Kunstverein during the regular opening hours of the exhibitions until November 2021. For each Vereinsgabe, a production cost share of 15 € is to be paid in cash upon collection. We ask for your understanding that we are unable to send the member’s edition despite the unusual circumstances.

We will keep you up to date with news about the reopening and our program via our website and newsletter.

We look forward to seeing you again soon!



Information on current events

concerning the Filmclub 813

For several years, the Filmclub 813 has been a subtenant of the Kölnischer Kunstverein. The contract concluded under the aegis of the city contains a whole series of duties for both parties – Filmclub 813 and the Kölnischer Kunstverein. The Filmclub 813 has been violating a whole series of contractual duties for years, including elementary ones, whose violation in each case leads to an extraordinary right of termination on the part of the Kölnischer Kunstverein. This screw had already been overtightened for some time. The Filmclub 813 has now turned it even further by additionally filing a lawsuit against the Kölnischer Kunstverein. This could not be successful. The court clearly advised the Filmclub 813 in an oral hearing to withdraw the application. Accordingly, the Filmclub 813 actually did withdraw the application.

In connection with this further escalation by the Filmclub 813, the Kölnischer Kunstverein declared the extraordinary termination of the contract due to the last elementary violations of the contract by the Filmclub 813. These violations of contract consisted, among other things, in the fact that the Filmclub 813 announced that it would give its rooms to third parties without the necessary consent of the Kölnischer Kunstverein. The transfer of the rooms to third parties without the prior consent of the Kölnischer Kunstverein constitutes an extraordinary reason for termination. The Kölnischer Kunstverein has nothing against the institution Filmclub 813 as such. Rather, it is a “behavioral termination” due to the violation of elementary contractual duties by the Filmclub 813.

The Kölnischer Kunstverein is open to an agreement with the Filmclub 813 to the effect, that the Kölnischer Kunstverein will give the premises to the Filmclub 813 on a new, simpler and clearer basis. This basis would have to be so clear and simple that the Filmclub 813 can and will comply with it.