Public art and percent-for-art

There is a long tradition of artistic engagement with public spaces, buildings and civil engineering works in Berlin. Funding for projects of this nature is provided in accordance with state regulations (Anweisung Bau).
The Senate Department for Culture and Europe is assisted in administering these programmes by an advisory committee (Beratungsausschuss Kunst – BAK).
A host of art and design competitions and other selection processes, including both open and invitation-only formats, are open to visual artists, architects and designers wishing to create work in Berlin. These competitions are carried out in compliance with state regulations (Richtlinien für Planungswettbewerbe – RPW 2013). Not only does this culture of competition ensure transparency around selection processes and outcomes, it cultivates public discourse around contemporary artworks in the context of both historical and social issues.
Public art and percent-for-art projects are located in many different sites within the public space across Berlin. These ‘low-threshold’ artworks allow the public to engage with contemporary art outside of museums and similar presentation contexts. They are an open invitation to grapple with art, to explore the challenges that it presents or to simply revel in its wonders.

Public art

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Image: Cornelia Ganz, 2011

The Public Art programme (Kunst im Stadtraum) provides funding to contextual, site-specific, and thematic works located in significant public spaces in Berlin.More information

Percent-for-art

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Image: Cornelia Ganz

State legislation obliges public authorities to subsidize and implement contemporary works of art within the framework of publicly funded infrastructure and building projects. These percent-for-art projects are financed through funds allocated to civil engineering, construction and landscaping projects. Works commissioned through this programme are selected in competitions staged in accordance with state-wide regulations on public design competitions.More information