ZAK (Center for Contemporary Art) is a new generous exhibition space for contemporary art and a meeting place for people of all cultures. It opened in May 2018 in the premises of the Old Barracks and it is establishing itself as a center for modern and contemporary art. In changing exhibitions, not only positions of contemporary art, but also the confrontation with the past and the location of the Citadel itself can be admired and discussed on 2,500 m² of exhibition space. The museum’s educational and supporting programs, which are tailored to individual exhibitions, round off your visit to the ZAK.


Team UdK: Prof. Dr. Ana Dimke, Dr. Silke Feldhoff
Team ZAK: Dr. Ralf F. Hartmann, Dr. Jens-Ole Rey, Maria Weber M.A.

New cooperation between the ZAK and the Institute for Art Didactics and Aesthetic Education at the UdK Berlin!

Approaches to art – initiate encounters, shape exchange.

Opening up other approaches to art, bringing people together with art is one of the central art didactic tasks. What possibilities are there to shape this exchange – productive and enjoyable for everyone involved in the process? The didactic practice and theory are expanded to include extracurricular learning locations such as museums, other art institutions and scientific or social institutions. The subject of “design and presentation in a public context” is anchored in the Berlin framework curriculum for the upper level. It includes the conception, design, communication and documentation of exhibitions and events. Negotiating individual and societal interests, public and institutional issues, becomes a subject of art lessons.

On this basis, students of the Q-Master Teaching Degree in Fine Arts, in cooperation with the ZAK – Center for Contemporary Art, develop and implement an art education (event) program for ongoing exhibitions. If the pandemic situation does not allow this, suitable digital formats should be developed. The artistic-educational projects are designed in consultation with the actors on site in order to gain qualified knowledge on the level of communication and institutional organization. Methods of planning and organizing exhibitions and educational offers for specific target groups are learned, asked about their reproductive or transformative potential and reflected on whether they can be combined with guided and open forms of teaching.

Current exhibitions