Kunstverein Ost – KVOST for short – was established in 2018 and is dedicated to promoting artists who come from Eastern Europe or whose life and work are shaped by the former Eastern bloc. The building that houses the Kunstverein reflects this. Situated in Berlin’s Mitte district, it was part of the major urban development project of Leipziger Straße, once designed as a socialist utopia.
With the studio scholarship and artist-in-residence program, KVOST invites selected artists to explore the multifaceted nature of Leipziger Strasse/Dönhoffplatz and its surroundings or delve into other aspects of the East, presenting the resulting works in a solo exhibition. KVOST thus fills a gap in Berlin’s cultural landscape, presenting the East not within the confines of a museum, but as a relevant reflection of contemporary artistic production.
Requirement for the application is a biographical reference to Eastern Europe/former Eastern Bloc. The residency program runs for 6 weeks, from August 1st until September 15th, 2019 and culminates in an exhibition that will open during Berlin Art Week.
The scholarship includes accommodation, a workspace at KVOST, travel to and from Berlin, a 600 Euro allowance and an exhibition budget.