Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste
Our mission: We represent the interests of visual artists in Germany
The Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste (IGBK), based in Berlin, unites Germany’s three most important national artist associations: Bundesverband Bildender Künstlerinnen und Künstler (Federal Association of Artists), Deutscher Künstlerbund (German Artists’ Association) and GEDOK, Verband der Gemeinschaften der Künstlerinnen und Kunstförderer (Federation of Women Artists and Patrons of the Arts). We therefore represent more than 13,000 visual artists in Germany. The association was founded in 1957 as the German National Committee of the International Association of Art (IAA).
We advice visual artists regarding work opportunities and grants in Germany and abroad and provide international contacts. We also help with formalities with respect to (exhibition) projects abroad and provide information regarding transport and customs issues, for example. Thereby IGBK facilitates access to the diverse range of international work and exchange opportunities and promotes cross-border mobility.
Symposia and workshops
We organise symposia and workshops on artistically relevant topics. Together with artists, scientists, politicians and practitioners in the field of cultural mediation and the art market we seek to encourage new ideas and propose possible solutions as regards self-image, working conditions and perspectives of contemporary art.
Representation of artists across borders
The IGBK represents the interests of visual artists at the national and international level, seeking to improve their legal and social status. We are engaged with a number of organisations and networks, particularly at the European level. In cooperation with our partners we are in dialogue with the relevant political and administrative contacts in the European Union and in Germany and ensure that the needs of artists are considered.
Please find more information on our engagement on our webpage www.igbk.de