Projects and networking
Network+ Project Artforum Culture Foundation starts new ways of co-operations cross-over between artists, collectors, museums, galleries, cultural institutes, government departments, cities and economical partners. With Network+ Project Artforum Culture Foundation itself will come in touch to all of these different partners and will provide cross-over coordinations. Network+ Project can become a mediator to built up connections between all of these different partners to realise at the end a self-growing multi-level communication-network.
Artforum Culture Foundation will give technical and personal aid for such a network to initiate new proposals as well as to disseminate information and set up a database. This shall constitute new tools to handle the future. Various personal and media meetings will worked out and pursued by the Artforum Culture Foundation, as well as pilot projects in cooperation with partners.
European Cultural Centre (ECC)
An explained aim of Artforum Culture Foundation is to install an European Cultural Centre (ECC) within the scope of the non-profit assignments as an icon of western identity and a meeting place for intercultural exchange. EEC shall be a home or a retreat for artists and other cultural workers.It should become an institution which displays a drop-in centre and a close place for artists and cultural partners - not only from Greece, the Balkans, and the countries of Europe, but also from Turk states, Middle East, Africa, Asia, America and the Pacific area. Creative people from all regions and cultures should be able to gather here for exhibitions, music and theatre events and to communicate on symposia. The variety of their own ideas and suggestions will lead absolutely not only to an enrichment of the modern cultural world of the region, but to transfer and exchange new ideas globally. In particular this European Cultural Centre will also devote itself to the people in the Diaspora (not only Greeks) and prepare for them chances to introduce their special knowledge and experiences. Artforum Culture Foundation like to perform with this idea and the development as a project also a contribution for the transfer of the European idea as a possibility to unite independent and different heritages under a common ethnic and cultural umbrella. This idea is based on the conviction that cultural impulses always show social, political and economic impact.
Dialogue between Western thinking and Islamic culture. The basic idea of the projects is to take as a starting point the discomfort, which also stems from the shared discomfort in Western and Arab culture, for a respectful discussion. This is more important today than ever.
GULF PROJECTS has to be understood as a permanent project on several levels. Since the beginning of the eighties, this project has been independently developed as an effective way to overcome the prevailing lack of communication between the cultures. The main condition will be the public presence of the cultural dialog.
No progress of cultures can begin without economic conditions - and no economic prosperity can exist in the long run without reciprocal cultural effects. But no one can know in advance how cultural potentials will be distributed. This is another approach of the concept 'From Dark to Light'.
GULF PROJECTS also refers to the diversity of projects in the Gulf region and their exemplary character. The unfinished, the freshly developing, the multiple mix under the pressure of time and the market, perhaps only leaves more cultural profanity to be developed, but perhaps also something synthetic in the best sense of the word.
GULF PROJECTS, based on a concept by the art historian and cultural scientist Safiriou in 1983 in cooperation with the artists Astra and Jansen, facilitates contributions by Western and Arab contemporary artists for exhibition projects in Europe and the Arab Gulf States. In 2009, the project began in cooperation with the Goethe Institute. Generous loans have been provided by the Winter Foundation, Hamburg, and private collections.
Art and religion / Kunst und Religion (KuR)
In cooperation with Winter Stiftung Hamburg Artforum Culture Foundation accompanied and supports a new global movement: Artists for respectful life. Within this project the Feminism and gender discussion is one very important component. The artist Heinz Zolper, inventor of the "Dame" metaphor, is one of the the main artists to push this into public space with "Damen-Kult". To develop our society for future we have to understand that respect and full integration of women as well as all diverse is a need. It may not be seen as a gracious act, but as a must. Artforum Culture Foundation is also proud to cooperate for and to support women artists, e.g. the exhibition-project 'The female perspective of the world' ('Die weibliche Sicht auf die Welt')
In cooperation with Artforum Culture Foundation and Winter Stiftung , the project Reconciliation of Values (Versöhnung der Werte) has started under the artistic direction of Heinz Zolper. In a time of irreconcilable disputes and fake news, the project would like to offer a culture platform for social interaction in love and respect. The project Reconciliation of values wants to address consciously emotions and to stimulate thoughts.
Art Thessaloniki art fair
Thessaloniki became one of the hot spots of young and cultural life in Europe. Today Thessaloniki is not only a place of huge history, but a multicultural city moving forward. Since its creation in 2016 Thessaloniki international Exhibition & Congress Centre is the venue of the fair, every year in November. Art Thessaloniki art fair, under its founder and director Pantelis Tsatsis, offers the most significant space for contemporary art in the whole area of southeast Europe and the East Mediterranean area. Within its concept there is prevention, communication and networking for galleries, artists, museums, collectors and visitors from all over the world. Since 2024 Art Thessaloniki itself is organised as a non profit organization.
IAM – International art moves
IAM - international art moves presents the best talents from art academies worldwide in Berlin and other places.
OSTRALE - Contemporary art project.
Ostrale is called one of the greatest art events in Germany during the summer months. Since 2007 OSTRALE- Center for Contemporary Art organizes the annual international exhibition of contemporary arts in Dresden. From 2017 on, Ostrale has moved to be a Biennial (ostrale.de).
Winter Foundation I Winter Stiftung
Winter Stiftung is a private foundation in Hamburg to support art, culture and social targets. It build up an own art collection to unite prime international art and art by emerging artists. The main focus is on collecting art of the 2oth and 21st century, just oriented to quality. The foundation is orientated internationally - without any borders.
Art spaces and projects
Cologne based lawyer and visual artist Jana Dettmer makes her art space #art4you an open place for art and cultural projects. With the support of Artforum and Winter Foundation Hamburg, events are regularly organized. The idea behind it: Art should come close to us - be entertaining, exciting, lustful and crazy. Art needs communication. With passion the team by Dettmer promotes the dialogue about art within the space of a project-gallery.