Kunsthalle Detroit

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Kunsthalle Detroit was formerly housed in the former Comerica Bank building.

Kunsthalle Detroit is a non-profit 501(c)(3) art institution that is focused on contemporary visual art that uses light as a medium.[1][2][3] The institution was formed in 2009 in Detroit, Michigan by Tate Osten,[4][5] who has stated that she chose light art because it shows how the 21st century has progressed with technology.[6] Artist Tim White-Sobieski came up with the name for the institution and is meant to emulate European kunsthalles. The foreign word "kunsthalle" was also used to provide for wide and international access to the Midwest "most blighted city" as to the new, fruitful grounds for arts and cultural development. The founders also proposed a plan for a Light Biennale called "Luminale Detroit". The plan eventually scaled down to a weekend of light artworks under the name "Delectricity". NewNowNext has credited Kunsthalle Detroit as being "one of only a few of its kind in the world".[7] Kunsthalle Detroit is privately funded.[8]

Kunsthalle Detroit was initially located in a building on Grand River Avenue in Detroit,[9] however this building was later sold in 2015 to a local entrepreneur.

Kunsthalle Detroit is a 501(c)(3) non profit arts museum. Ten years after its founding, Kunsthalle Detroit reopens in 2019 at its new location - 211 Arden Park Blvd, Detroit MI 48202, as a private collection in public service.


Kunsthalle Detroit has held multiple exhibitions, starting in 2011 with "Time and Place". They held three more, "Light Fiction" (2012),[10] "Citydrift" (2013), and "I See You" (2014). Artists that have been exhibited included Bill Viola, Joan Jonas, William Kentridge, Ange Leccia, Mariana Vasileva, Sebastian Diaz Morales, Saskia Olde Wolbers, Jesper Just and many others.


  1. ^ Piper, Matthew. "New museum brings international visions to Detroit". Knight Foundation. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  2. ^ "The Kunsthalle Detroit Opens in Motown, City Still Given a Hard Time By Skeptics". Observer. 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  3. ^ "Art transformation: Group looks to re-imagine rough section of Detroit with new museum". MLive.com. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  4. ^ vmiller. "Kunsthalle Detroit sheds light on a once-vacant building". Knight Foundation. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  5. ^ "Padli avtomobilski velikan Detroit vstaja iz pepela". RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  6. ^ "A Light in the Dark: The Innovative Kunsthalle Detroit Museum". Huffington Post. 2011-09-19. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  7. ^ "Detroit: Contemporary Arts". LOGO News. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  8. ^ White-Sobieski, Tim. "Kunsthalle Detroit, International Center for Contemporary Art to Open in Rough Section of Detroit". artdaily.com. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  9. ^ Yablonsky, Linda. "Art Motors On". W Magazine. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  10. ^ Abbey-Lambertz, Kate (2011-11-18). "Kunsthalle Detroit Museum Opens 'Light Fiction' Show With International Artists". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-08-23.

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