Mission Statement

The Kunsthalle Mainz is a museum that presents contemporary art from Germany and abroad. It investigates contemporary artistic concepts that depict and convey topics of current relevance to art, politics, and society. Through its outstanding exhibition programme, the Kunsthalle aims to help the public to gain a better understanding of art and its themes, to establish Mainz as a venue for the presentation of art from all over the world, and for discourse on the issues of our times.

The Kunsthalle Mainz is an initiator and a motivator. It is conceived as a place of active reflection, experimentation, and dialogue. Through tours, workshops, and lectures, the Kunsthalle conveys art's relevance, its potential for the education of the senses, and its impact on perception and society.

Organisation

The Kunsthalle Mainz is managed by the Kunsthalle Mainz Foundation, which was formed by Stadtwerke Mainz AG to pursue exclusively non-profit objectives, in particular the promotion and communication of contemporary art. The director is responsible for the concepts explored in the exhibitions and related programmes. The Foundation's Board of Management consists of one member of the Board of Management of Stadtwerke Mainz AG, a representative of the City of Mainz, and a representative from the State of Rhineland Palatinate. This configuration represents a concerted effort by the three partners to enable art to play a central role in the life of the city as a whole.

Team

Stefanie Böttcher
Director

Fabienne Rosenbach
Assistant to director, secretary’s office
T +49 (0) 6131 126936
rosenbach@kunsthalle-mainz.de

Angelika Klessinger
Education of art
T +49 (0) 6131 126938
klessinger@kunsthalle-mainz.de 

Gabriela Denk
Curatorial Assistant
T +49 (0) 6131 126940
denk@kunsthalle-mainz.de
 

Foundation 

Stiftung Kunsthalle Mainz
c/o Stadtwerke Mainz AG
Rheinallee 41 
55118 Mainz
 

Kunsthalle Mainz Foundation was officially recognized as a public foundation under civil law and was awarded its deed of foundation on 12 February 2007. The Foundation was initiated by its sponsor, Stadtwerke Mainz AG, to exclusively pursue non-profit objectives at Kunsthalle Mainz, with its main aims being the promotion and communication of contemporary art. The Foundation's departments are the Board of Management, which is tasked with managing the Foundation and running day-to-day business, and the Board of Trustees, which consists of public figures and fulfils a supervisory function.

Foundation’s Board of Management.

Hanns-Detlev Höhne (C)
Board Member of Stadtwerke Mainz AG

Marianne Grosse
Vice mayor for Culture and Building Construction of the City of Mainz

Walter Schumacher
Secretary of State in the Ministry of Education, Science, Youth and Culture Rhineland-Palatinate (retired)

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees, consisting of figures from public life, performs a supervisory function. Additionally, its role is to offer assistance to Kunsthalle in financial matters and with regard to ideas.

Members of the Board of Trustees

Rainer Brenner
Südwestrundfunk

Michael Ebling
Lord Mayor of the City of Mainz

Sylvia Richter-Kundel
Registered Association of Professional Organisation of Visual Artists in Rhineland-Palatinate

Christine Rother
Chairwoman of the State Association of Galleries in Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate

Dr. Andrea Stockhammer
Director of Landesmuseum Mainz

Architecture

The Mainz Zollhafen (customs port) has recently been thoroughly refurbished and converted to serve as a district for culture, living and working. From the beginning, it was clear to the principal and owner – Stadtwerke Mainz AG – that contemporary art was to play a decisive role in the new quarter. It was within that context that planners came up with the idea to house the Kunsthalle Mainz in the former boiler house that once provided the port with power. At the same time, the opening of the Kunsthalle represents the fulfilment of a wish cherished in the region since the 1980s – that Rhineland-Palatinate should have a cultural institution with a focus on the presentation and mediation of contemporary art.

The structural alterations of the single-storey brick boiler house were designed and supervised by the Günter Zamp Kelp architectural firm of Berlin and completed in 2007. White cubes, for the most part windowless and lit by flat illuminated ceilings, form the interior of a modern presentation area which contrasts with the building's exterior, a listed historical monument dating from the late nineteenth century. The former narrow gap between the locomotive shed and the boiler house has been filled by a tower twenty-one metres in height and leaning at a seven-degree angle. Its seven-metre-high ground floor accommodates the entrance area. From there, visitors can access the exhibition rooms on the upper floors of the tower and the old building, as well as the Kunsthalle café in the converted former engine house. A black box was installed on the first upper level of the tower in 2012 to serve as a cinema.

Measuring altogether 840 square metres, the exhibition space is divided into three spacious adjoining rooms in the historical section and three smaller exhibition galleries one above the other in the newly constructed tower. The Kunsthalle Mainz thus offers suitable interiors and optimum conditions for the presentation of art.