Sin­ce its foun­da­ti­on in 2007 Bau­stel­le Schau­stel­le in Essen, Ger­ma­ny has devo­ted its acti­vi­ties to the sup­port of the artis­tic new­co­mers of its sur­roun­ding regi­on and estab­lished its­elf as a space for young art by having orga­ni­zed around 100 exhi­bi­ti­ons. Through the con­cept of a non-pro­fit asso­cia­ti­on the pro­ject space focu­ses on the needs of a young and con­tem­po­ra­ry art pro­duc­tion, offe­ring a plat­form to rea­li­ze artis­tic work in rela­ti­on to spa­ti­al aspects and expe­ri­men­tal prac­ti­ce. Bau­stel­le Schau­stel­le can­not offer any bud­get for exhibitions.

Working with Bau­stel­le Schau­stel­le chal­lenges par­ti­ci­pa­ting artists. It will most likely be their first exhi­bi­ti­on out­side of the uni­ver­si­ty con­text and give them the pos­si­bi­li­ty to estab­lish first important cont­acts with an inte­res­ted public. Some of the artists that have been sup­port­ed by Bau­stel­le Schau­stel­le e. V. in the last 10 years have beco­me known internationally.

Bes­i­des sel­ec­ted solo exhi­bi­ti­ons, edi­ti­on sales* and review shows of the win­ner of the annu­al Art Award. The Art Award is an open call for artists under 35 years which is endo­wed with a pri­ze of 1000 Euros and an exhi­bi­ti­on in our space. It forms an important part of the space´s agen­da and the cul­tu­ral pro­gram of the regi­on. Working in clo­se col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with insti­tu­ti­ons such as Muse­um Folk­wang, Essen, Muse­um Schloss Mors­broich and the Art Aca­de­my Düs­sel­dorf among­st others, Bau­stel­le Schau­stel­le e. V. is able to assem­ble a jury out of cura­tors, artists and other cul­tu­ral­ly invol­ved pro­fes­si­ons while intro­du­cing them to young and mer­ging artists. The final pre­sen­ta­ti­on of the win­ning art­work com­ple­tes the award with a pro­per public display.

Bau­stel­le Schau­stel­le — Space for young art is coope­ra­ting with Folk­wang Uni­ver­si­ty of the Arts in Essen and Flo­ri­da Inter­na­tio­nal Uni­ver­si­ty (FIU) in Miami as well as with the Patri­cia & Phil­lip Frost Muse­um. The coope­ra­ti­ons aim towards an inter­na­tio­na­liza­ti­on and have alre­a­dy led to seve­ral exhi­bi­ti­ons in Miami and Essen sin­ce 2016.

The team around foun­der and pre­si­dent Bri­git­te Krie­ger is com­po­sed of artists and sci­en­ti­fic tutors. Their work fos­ters an inter­di­sci­pli­na­ry and con­tem­po­ra­ry approach towards an artis­tic prac­ti­ce in addi­ti­on to the endu­ring cross­lin­king bet­ween pro­ject space and artists. Con­se­quent­ly, Bau­stel­le Schau­stel­le e. V. aims to stay in touch with its alum­ni for­war­ding their artis­tic care­er and to keep them repre­sen­ted in its work.

Sin­ce Sep­tem­ber 2017 Bau­stel­le Schau­stel­le ist also pre­sent in Düs­sel­dorf, whe­re per­for­ma­ti­ve for­mats and talks take place. This expan­si­on is sup­po­sed to repre­sent the inte­gra­ti­on of Bau­stel­le Schau­stel­le with the regi­on by spa­ti­al means as well as to widen the ide­as and per­cep­ti­ons of artis­tic practice.

*We would like to draw your atten­ti­on to the fact that we do not sell any works by the exhi­bi­ting artists, but are hap­py to pass on the rele­vant cont­act if you are interested.


Vol­ker Tro­che about BauSchau

Dr. Ste­fa­nie Kreu­zer about BauSchau

Meet the Team

From left to right: Ali­na von Zitt­witz, Bri­git­te Krie­ger, Pau­li­na Hoff­mann, Rio Boje


Where does the name BauSchau come from?

Octo­ber 2007: A Bau­stel­le
The reno­va­ti­on of the for­mer Ruhr Möbel/Möbel May rooms is pro­gres­sing — the house is a con­s­truc­tion site (Bau­stel­le). The lar­ge cor­ner room is the first one finis­hed. We were won­de­ring how to use the free space till April 2008? Invi­te artists to orga­ni­ze lar­ge-sca­le exhi­bi­ti­ons inde­pendent­ly! Suc­cess! Our web­site shows that it pro­ved to be an excep­tio­nal, suc­cessful idea. And then?

April 2008: A Schau­stel­le
Con­s­truc­tion office chan­ges loca­ti­on along with con­s­truc­tion site — the smal­lest space in the buil­ding is trans­for­med into the show site (Schau­stel­le). Bau­stel­le Schau­stel­le, the name of the pro­ject space has been found.
For 13 years artists got the oppor­tu­ni­ty to show their work in, with, at Bau­Schau wit­hout com­mer­cial use — 190 alum­ni were able to pre­sent in our exhibitions!

Octo­ber 2008: Bau­stel­le Schau­stel­le
Today, Bau­stel­le Schau­stel­le alum­ni are inter­na­tio­nal­ly shown in muse­ums, insti­tu­ti­ons and gal­le­ries — what a suc­cess of the essen­ti­al main idea. In 2011, the tax office gave us the sta­tus of a non-pro­fit asso­cia­ti­on. We are hap­py to recei­ve new mem­bers (see appli­ca­ti­on form). Ever­yo­ne con­tri­bu­tes with ide­as to pro­mo­te con­tem­po­ra­ry art. We are hap­py to recei­ve posi­ti­ve reco­gni­ti­on from pro­fes­sio­nal world.The Folk­wang Muse­um in my home­town ESSEN, which I have visi­ted and loved sin­ce my child­hood, main­ta­ins clo­se cont­act as do insti­tu­ti­ons throug­hout the Ruhr area and Rhi­ne­land. Our news are reco­gni­zed inter­na­tio­nal­ly — the suc­cess of our idea is reflec­ted in the suc­cess of the artists — what more could a pri­va­te­ly sup­port­ed initia­ti­ve ask for.


Bau­Schau Essen (Bri­git­ta­stra­ße 9)

Bau­Schau Düs­sel­dorf (Brehm­stra­ße 41)