Cultural Engagement

Cultural engagement

When we at Volkswagen support culture and the arts today, then we are taking responsibility for tomorrow.
Because the future is being shaped when creativity unfolds. As a global and socially responsible company, we translate this belief into numerous projects which we strengthen in the frame of long-term partnerships and sustainable collaborations with artists, cultural visionaries and internationally leading institutions. With our help, an even larger audience gets in touch with creative works and ideas. And we firmly support cultural education programmes enabling people to understand the power of art and inspiring them to act creatively.

Architecture Biennale 2023: Focus on sustainability

Architecture Biennale 2023
In March, a sustainable material transport from Leipzig to Venice took place in the Volkswagen ID. Buzz Cargo took place. Photo: Curatorial team

Die Kurator:innen des Deutschen Pavillons stellen in Venedig die Themen Pflege, Reparatur und Instandhaltung in den Mittelpunkt. Das innovative Konzept „Open for Maintenance – Wegen Umbau geöffnet“ ist vom 20. Mai bis zum 26. November 2023 in den Giardini zu sehen. Während der Laufzeit der Biennale finden regelmäßig Workshops im Deutschen Pavillon statt. Volkswagen ist Hauptpartner des Kuratorenteams von Arch+, SUMMACUMFEMMER und BÜRO JULIANE GREB. 

“Flashes of Memory. Photography in the Holocaust”

Flashes of Memory. Photography in the Holocaust
"Flashes of Memory. Photography in the Holocaust", exhibition view Museum für Fotografie 2023. © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / David von Becker.

As an educational partner, the Volkswagen Group is supporting the exhibition project “Flashes of Memory. Photography in the Holocaust” at the Museum of Photography in Berlin. Until 20 August 2023, the exhibition of the International Memorial Yad Vashem can be seen for the first time outside Jerusalem. It shows photographs taken during the years of the Holocaust.

Volkswagen Group Art4All

10th Anniversary MoMA Cooperation

Performance: ATM Presents DEN$
Performance: ATM Presents DEN$E, performers name: Bubblesz Photograph: Aliza Sena

“We celebrate creativity” – this is the claim and standard of Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. As one of the world’s most important venues for the art of our time, MoMA and MoMA PS1 are among the world’s most respected pioneers with their exhibitions and extensive educational programme.

As a long-standing partner, Volkswagen has contributed to many extraordinary experiences, including a Kraftwerk concert at MoMA, a show of Björk’s work or the presentation of the fascinating “Rain Room” installation. As the main partner of the education programme, Volkswagen also supports the development of new online formats for curious people all over the world.

Fostering young talent: Volkswagen Group Fellows

Fostering young talent: Volkswagen Group Fellows
Kristina Barekyan, Volkswagen Group Fellow in the field of communication and marketing at documenta fifteen. Photo: Philipp Gladsome

Since 2012, Volkswagen has regularly supported young scientific talent on their way into the art and culture scene. In cooperation with institutions such as the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, the Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart in Berlin and the phaeno science museum, the Volkswagen Group Fellows are directly involved in everyday museum life, they gain valuable experience and support the institutions with their respective expertise.

Cultural diversity around the world

North/South power plant in Wolfsburg
North/South power plant in Wolfsburg Photo: Volker Kreidler

With its global promotion of culture, Volkswagen is making art and culture accessible to millions of people. The promotion of cultural projects at the group’s sites is an expression of the social responsibility and the strengthening of cultural diversity in the various regions.

The support ranges from small collaborations to partnerships of international significance, as well as cooperations with major social relevance, such as Volkswagen Group Art4All from Wolfsburg to Berlin.

Big crowd-puller at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Successful exhibition: "Motion. Cars, Art, Architecture Photo: Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Volkswagen was main partner of one of the most successful exhibitions at the renowned Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. From 8 April to 18 September 2022, more than 750,000 visitors saw the exhibition “Motion. Autos, Art, Architecture”, which was curated by star architect Lord Norman Foster. The exhibition spectacularly formed a bridge between the history of mobility and the design of urban spaces. It also took a look into the future of mobility with the “Future Gallery”.

EPHRA: Children discover art

EPHRA: Children discover art
Ilit Azoulay, Tree for Too One, aus The Keys, 2010, mit freundlicher Genehmigung von die Künstlerin, Galerie Bravermann Foto: (c) Ephra / Mathias Völzke

The Berlin-based cultural organization EPHRA brings children and art together. The aim is to enable children to see the world through art and to encourage artists to open up to young perspectives. As part of the exhibition "Thoughts Play Hide and Seek," 22 internationally working artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Karin Sander and Tomás Saraceno can be discovered at Kunst Haus Mitte. On four Volkswagen Group Art4All Sundays, visitors will be admitted free of charge.

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