As a site of spatial and social negotiation, Berlin has become the adopted home of visual artists from all over the world. A significant number of international artists who came to Berlin as recipients of BKP Award Grants during the 1990s and 2000s went on to establish themselves within the city’s vibrant cultural scenes and continue to make important contributions to artistic developments here. Among the former fellows who have chosen to base themselves in Berlin, either temporarily or permanently, are Tacita Dean, Mariana Castillo Deball, Jimmie Durham, Douglas Gordon, Bethan Huws, Dolores Zinny and Juan Maidagan, Matt Mullican, Emeka Ogboh, Willem de Rooij, Anri Sala, and Paola Yacoub.
Since the 2010s, the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program, and above all the Visual Arts section, has placed particular emphasis on encouraging artists and other creative partners from the Global South to become involved with the program.
The digital archive of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program went online in November 2021 with an initial selection of digitized publications. The digital archive comprises selected historical documents from the program’s analogue archive holdings, accumulated since the program’s inception through today. The archive is being cataloged and digitized in chronological stages; the first phase covers the period from 1963 to 1978, the year the daadgalerie opened. The material made publicly available here consists largely of correspondence, publications, printed matter, photographs, and image and sound recordings from the four fields—visual arts, literature, film, and music.
The digital archive is intended to serve as an impetus for deeper engagement and provide new access and a greater volume of information on various contexts related to the program. Along with the online launch, an ongoing exhibition of analog archive holdings set up in the daadgalerie will present a rotating selection of materials. A spatial concept was developed and realized for this by Studio Manuel Raeder together with Rodolfo Samperio.