Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste
The Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste (IGBK) is a powerful lobby, representing the interests of visual artists. It unites Germany's three most important supra-regional artist associations on the basis of equality: 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). IGBK therefore represents more than 14,000 visual artists in Germany. The association was founded in 1957 as the German National Committee of the International Association of Art (IAA).
We council visual artists on the possibilities of working opportunities and grants, both in Germany and abroad. We provide a wide range of information and contact details for international exchange programmes. Particularly through its database and permanently updated list of offers, IGBK enhances transparency of international opportunities for visual artists.
We help cut through red tape associated with exchange and exhibition projects abroad, and issue the IAA International Identity Card for artists (residing in Germany). The card includes ticket price reductions or free admission to many museums and galleries worldwide.
IGBK services and consulting offers are available to all organised and non-organised visual artists in Germany.
Symposia on art and culture
We organise symposia and workshops on topics of relevance to artists. We invite artists, cultural politicians, scientists, and practitioners in the field of cultural mediation, art education, and the art market. With our partners we discuss topical issues concerning training in the arts, communication, identity, and the conditions and perspectives of contemporary art. Through these activities, IGBK seeks to stimulate new ideas, propose possible solutions and sharpen the vision for future-oriented concepts.
Art across borders
IGBK represents the interests of visual artists at a national and international level, seeking to improve their legal and social status. It is engaged with several organisations and networks, particularly at the European level. In cooperation with its partners, IGBK attempts to insure that the interests of artists are taken into consideration at relevant political and administrative decision-making levels.
IGBK represents the German National Committee of the International Association of Art (IAA) which with more than 90 members is the world's largest international NGO of visual artists. The activities of IAA Europe are currently coordinated by the Slovak Union of Visual Arts in Bratislava.
IGBK was a founding member of the European Council of Artists (ECA) and is active in Culture Action Europe (CAE).
IGBK is a member of the German UNESCO Commission and of the Kunstrat (Fine Arts Council) of Deutscher Kulturrat (German Cultural Council).