As an independent art centre, HALLE 14 is a place for the presentation of contemporary art as well as a space for reflection and communication. As a non-profit organization, HALLE 14 serves the public interest in its artistic commitment. This goal is accomplished through projects such as exhibitions, an art library, the art education programme Kreative Spinner, the scholarship programme Studio14 and the Lounge14 series of talks and discussions. In addition, there are exhibitions of the partners of HALLE 14.
The five-storey industrial building HALLE 14, with a total of 20,000 m², is located at the site of the former Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei (Leipzig Cotton Spinning Mill). Since the beginning of the 1990s, artists, gallerists and others involved in creative work have built a productive and lively community at this location, providing an inspiring environment for HALLE 14.
HALLE 14 is supported by the Federkiel Foundation and the Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH. Individual projects are funded by friends and patrons of HALLE 14.
The Projects and Activities of HALLE 14
International group exhibitions of contemporary art in its 2,400 m2 exhibition space are the core of HALLE 14’s work. Since 2003, one to three exhibitions per year have taken place, presenting societal positions (e.g. „The Culture of Fear“, 2006), challenging exhibition traditions and viewing habits (e.g. „Failed Art – The Art of Failure“, 2009) or focusing on poorly represented artistic regions (e.g. „Pause the Pulse: Portrait of Accra“, 2010).
Pause the Pulse: Portrait of Accra
22/10/2010 - 15/01/2011
An das Gerät!
05/01/2010 - 07/25/2010
Hagen Betzwieser & Angela Butterstein: Cinematography and News Department 2.1
01/16/2010 - 02/14/2010
Failed Art - The Art of Failure
09/13/2009 - 10/25/2009
TERRA NULLIUS - Contemporary Art from Australia
05/01/2009 - 07/26/2009
05/01/2008 - 07/27/2008
The Subversion of Standstill
02/17/2008 – 03/23/2008
The Big Easy: Relocating the Myth of the „West“
11/25/2007 – 01/13/2008
Critical Art Ensemble - Germs of Deception
02/24/2007 – 03/25/2007
The Culture of Fear
04/29/2006 – 10/01/2006
The Passion of Collecting - Collection Reinking, Collection Federkiel
04/30/2005 – 10/01/2005
09/05/2004 – 11/20/2004
Get Rid of Yourself
08/02/2003 – 10/10/2003
With the Lounge14 series of talks and discussions, HALLE 14 embarks on discursive excursions through art and presence. Artists, curators and academics are invited to reflect on cultural topics and aesthetic issues. Furthermore, lectures by experts and presentations by artists enrich the mediation of the exhibitions. Through international symposia, HALLE 14 has twice confronted questions regarding revitalizing industrial monuments with art and culture: „How Architecture Can Think Socially?“ (2002, publication 2004) and „How to Survive?“ (2010).
HALLE 14’s art library offers an up-to-date cross-section of international contemporary art. Its inventory of currently 36,000 books and media is available as a reference library to visitors, art experts, students and artists for discovery and research. In addition, the library is a platform for artistic work. The HALLE 14 library is acknowledged as a public art and museum library by the Saxon Ministry of Science and the Fine Arts (SMWK). Its inventory is listed in the data base of the Südwestdeutscher Bibliotheksverbund (Library Association of Southwest Germany) and can be researched in the online catalogue.
Die Kunst des Buchhaltens
05/11/2010 - 25/02/2011
Accompanying the exhibitions and projects, HALLE 14 has been publishing its own newspaper „vierzehn“ („fourteen“) since 2002. Using texts and images, it provides detailed information about projects, exhibitions, artists and current developments in HALLE 14. „Vierzehn“ has appeared in the format of the earlier Spinnerei company newspaper „Der Weiße Faden“ („The White Thread“) since 2009 (issue 6).
This art education programme provides access to art for children and young adults at a unique place of contemporary arts and culture. Participants experience art firsthand at its production and presentation site. In workshops and projects, they learn about selected exhibitions, the work of artists, as well as their working processes and techniques. Each year, a theme (e.g. „Exhibited – Art and Space“, 2009 or „Flush of Images“, 2011) is chosen as a main focus for courses and school projects.
HALLE 14’s international scholarship programme enables artists to have an intense and well focused work phase in Leipzig. The programme officially starts in 2011 in cooperation with the residency exchange program REX, which is funded by the Allianz Cultural Foundation. Studio14 awards several residence scholarships of three to four months to international artists who apply in a thematically predetermined, open call for proposals. The residents are chosen by an international jury of experts.
Partners of HALLE 14
HALLE 14 provides project and exhibition space for partners from the non-profit art scene. In cooperation with these partners HALLE 14 further expands its scope and infrastructure.
As HALLE 14’s partner, the Columbus Art Foundation (Ravensburg) presented several temporary exhibitions in a 1,000 m2 space on the second floor from 2008 to 2010. The Class of Installation and Space from the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig (HGB) has used their experimental exhibition platform Universal Cube since 2006.
An objective is to find additional long-term partners who present their own exhibition programme in the art centre HALLE 14 and thus contribute to the building’s new function and development.
The Building HALLE 14
HALLE 14 is an industrial building that was erected in 1891. Until 1992, it was one of four large production halls in the Leipzig Cotton Spinning Mill. The refurbishment of the building, infrastructural improvement and surface upgrades are elements of its revitalization. Beginning in 2007, the visitor centre, the exhibition space on the ground floor and a presentation space for our partners on the second floor have been developed. In 2010, the former women’s cloak room on the ground floor was turned into a studio for our art education pro- gramme. The roof and façade refurbishment has been completed. Further development and renovation efforts are planned.
Within this trans-national project, which is co-financed by the EU programme Central Europe, HALLE 14 is examining particular aspects of the culture-led conversion of industrial locations in cooperation with nine partners from five cities. The partner sites are the Arsenale in Venice (IT), the St. Lawrence District in Krakow (PL), the bicycle factory Rog in Ljubljana (SI) and the AEG grounds in Nuremberg. The project goals are the development of adequate and sustainable usage models as well as the implementation of pilot projects. In HALLE 14, for example, the development of six studios on the first floor is in progress.
The association HALLE 14 depends on public and private commitment in order to reach its goal of the long-term use of HALLE 14 for contemporary art. As a member (140 Euros/year) you support with your contribution the production and presentation of contemporary art, its mediation as well as the revival of an industrial heritage.
One-time or regular donations to HALLE 14, for one of our projects or for a current issue are, of course, extraordinarily helpful for our non-profit work. Please support us with a donation. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
Bank information: HALLE 14 e.V., Account No. 61 23 774 008, Weberbank Berlin, Bank code 101 201 00, IBAN DE13101201006123774008, BIC WELADED1WBB