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KINDL – Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst
KINDL – Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst © Kindl-Zentrum, Foto: Jens Ziehe

KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art

A brewery as art space

In a former brewery in Berlin-Neukölln, the KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art offers installations, performances, paintings and other art forms.

Please note: The current opening and closing hours and special hygiene rules for the Covid-19 are available on this website.

The monumental brick facades of the former Kindl brewery are the backdrop for an innovative art project. The expressionist industrial construction evolved into an exciting encounter between everyday culture and the art scene. With large production halls and a huge exhibition space, the present KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art is ideal for large installations. The rugged, breathtakingly primitive and futuristic-looking rooms showcase modern paintings and performances in the perfect space.

Spectacular installations in Sud - and Kesselhaus

At the end of the 1920s, the Kindl brewery rises from the spirit of expressionism. During this time, it serves as a world-class, cutting-edge production facility. After its closure in 2005, the grade II listed building stands empty for years. In 2011, a two German art aficionados set about the ambitious task of developing it into the current art centre and cultural meeting place. The fully renovated complex finally opens in October 2016. At first glance, the huge industrial monument leaves a lasting impression: a glance upwards reveals the size of the mighty tower. At its feet, the impressive entrance looks like the modern portal to a Gothic house of God. Located next to the tower, the high windows of the boiler house reach almost to the ceiling. With a height of 20 metres, the building offers an extraordinary space for large installations, such as Roman Signer's suspended sports aircraft, part of an exhibition on display here between September 2014 and June 2015. Spectacular exhibitions like Kitfox Experimental take place here. Several rooms in the powerhouse host a wide variety of events. Bright tiled walls create an inspiring atmosphere for video installations, talks with artists, concerts and readings. On the ceiling, massive support structures remain, giving the place a solid, dramatic mood. The Kesselhaus is no less impressive: the six giant receptacles echo Metropolis and steampunk culture. In this bizarre ambiance, the so-called Kafenion King Otto serves drinks and snacks. Under the Kesselhaus, a small, alternative brewery manufactures barley juice and continues to produce highly rated craft beer. Enjoy one in the beer garden directly front of the building.

KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art in Berlin
KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art © Kindl-Zentrum, Foto: Jens Ziehe

The highlights of the art brewery

  • The (once) largest brewing pans in Europe.
  • 5,500-square-metre exhibition complex.
  • Former industrial building with space for art and cultural events.
  • Heritage architecture of the Kindl brewery dating back to the 1920s.
  • Café, beer garden and craft brewery.

 

Our tips for your visit

Take the Underground line U8 to Boddinstraße, or the U7 to Rathaus Neukölln. From here, its just ten minutes on foot to the KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art. There is parking on the roadside and on the grounds of the brewery. Regardless of the exhibition, you pay a fixed price for the brewery. A visit to the Kesselhaus is, however, free of charge. The Kindl-Brauerei is closed Monday and Tuesday.

Art in Berlin Neukölln: local and close to the people

Art and culture are writ large in Neukölln. Everywhere you come across galleries, theatres and exhibitions. Art events and creative work are typical of the area known as the Schillerkiez. Young families and trend-setters have discovered the neighbourhood and you can eat well in the cafés and burger joints.

Near the KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art is Galerie im Körnerpark. In the long corridors of this Neo-Baroque orange building, you'll see mostly painting and photographic art. The large windows provide plenty of natural light. In the summer, the gallery organises outdoor concerts. Also nearby is Galerie im Saalbau on Karl-Marx-Straße in Berlin-Neukölln. The gallery sees itself as down-to-earth and connected to the district. Many art professionals in Berlin can be found here. Curators place much emphasis on socio-critical topics. As at the Galerie im Körnerpark, the exhibitions here change regularly. From Kindl-Brauerei, it's only 10 minutes on foot to these galleries.

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Opening hours

Wednesday 12:00 – 18:00
Thursday 12:00 – 18:00
Friday 12:00 – 18:00
Saturday 12:00 – 18:00
Sunday 12:00 – 18:00