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Kunsthalle Detroit

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Causes: Art Museums, Arts & Culture

Mission: The mission of Kunsthalle Detroit is to introduce international multimedia art to the local audience and provide exhibition opportunities for multimedia artists from the Midwest. Kunsthalle Detroit aspires to engage a broad and diverse audience, create a sense of community and be a place for contemplation and discussion about multimedia installations, film, video, urban and light sculpture and design.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100,000

Geographic areas served: Detroit, Michigan, and worldwide

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Capitalizing on its newly acquired celebrity, the KUNSTHALLE DETROIT Museum, long perceived as an offshoot of the New York artworld, is obviously intent on becoming an institution of international importance in its own right. To this end the museum has been pulling out all the stops. With its long time director Tate Osten, presenting world class exhibitions, it appears that the KUNSTHALLE DETROIT Museum has created a cultural identity that is a testament to its resilience.


Board Member

Rating: 5

As a relatively new Board Member, the forward thinking and international outlook of Kunsthalle Detroit continually inspires new generations of artists and viewers around the world. Networking and planning international exhibitions that connect the visual arts in new ways, encourages unprecedented potentials and educational initiatives. Kunsthalle Detroit provides a proactive forum that contributes through a wide diversity of emerging technologies, while placing new individual forms expression at the forefront. Such challenging foundation building establishes an advanced model of exploration and innovation for the new century. Partly rooted in the experimentation of the early modern era, the art of light transcends any single medium, traditional approaches or modern styles. Kunsthalle Detroit leads and contributes to new potentials. Realizing what Moholy-Nagy envisioned across the spectrum of new vision, from light-displays and unimagined photographic forms of expression, to "a wealth of undreamed-of optical experiences that will be profoundly stirring to our emotions."


Board Member

Rating: 5

For the past two years I have had an extraordinary opportunity to serve as a Board Member for Kunsthalle Detroit, a Museum of Light. I love this museum because it is about people who moved their lives from a comfortable dimension to this challenging work. I love this museum because it is about beliefs, the past, the present, the future, creativity, difference, and charisma. Kunsthalle Detroit creates light-bulb moments and allows space for thinking and experimenting; it connects, explains, allows comparisons, contrasts, juxtapositions that wouldn’t make sense anywhere else. I love Kunsthalle Detroit because in today’s world of high speed it allows my own imagination to create virtual worlds, rather than rely on someone else’s program. It is not a shopping mall or amusement park or video arcade. I love the challenge of trying to use the medium of a museum to communicate a story or an idea. I believe Kunsthalle Detroit is important to the society and specifically to Detroit because it holds and offers unique resources.