With their supra-regional focus, the four art off-spaces “GOLD + BETON,” “Bruch & Dallas”, “boutique”, and “Labor” have taken over vacant shops in the underground Ebert Square arcade and added new life to this cultural desert with exhibitions, events, and parties. Yet there is danger in art paradise according to the people behind it all who conjure something out of almost nothing on a minimal budget with lashings of commitment.

Photo: Gold + Beton
Photo: Gold + Beton

Among the four, the non-commercial platform for alternative artists GOLD + BETON has made it its mission to promote emerging artists from home and abroad and attract tomorrow’s artists to Cologne.

GOLD + BETON is a collaboration between cultural scientist Meryem Erkus, artist and curator Vera Drebusch, and Andreas Rohde. Focused on and around a project by and for artists and cultural professionals from various universities (KHM, Dusseldorf Art Academy, Academy of Fine Arts Münster, Institute for Music and Media Dusseldorf, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts etc.), the platform not only offers a space to showcase new works, but also promotes collaborations between emerging artists, students, and graduates to build a network that fosters dialog between artists on a regional, national, and international level.

Photo: Gold + Beton
Photo: Gold + Beton

Now a firm fixture on Ebert Square, the former pop-up project has become a full-blown institution hosting multidisciplinary cultural events that transcend the going conventions of a traditional exhibition space.

Currently in the planning: one or two shows per month, film screenings, artist talks, performances, and dance events as well as a cultural meeting place and heterogeneous social interface – all supported by the site’s central location and spaciousness.

Photo: Gold + Beton
Photo: Gold + Beton

GOLD + BETON aims to further exchange between young artists from major international art hubs and helps them to achieve their visions. Upcoming projects include collaborations with artists from The Hague, Tehran, Istanbul, and Bogota.

Further good news came from the city, which hugely reduced GOLD + BETON’s monthly rent – and thus encouraged social and cultural regeneration at Ebert Square.

Upcoming:
2-4 May Hablizel publishing house | festival-style pop-up library
9/10 May Fehmi Baumbach / Schlammpeitziger | exhibition & concert
Marat Beltser | performance

Header image: Gold + Beton