Kunst am Bau (“Art Within Architecture”) has a long tradition as an integral aspect of public building commissioners’ obligations. Over the course of more than six decades, numerous outstanding works have been developed by public order, both at home and abroad.
This publication Kunst am Bau. Projekte des Bundes 2006–2012 presents a selection of 45 recent Kunst am Bau projects, within their spatial and architectural context. Together with comprehensive presentations of the history and practice of Kunst am Bau, as well as interviews with artists, architects, and contractors, they afford insights into the diversity and potential of Kunst am Bau and provide inspiration to engage more closely with art, culture, society and history. Architecture and Kunst am Bau are the most public of arts. Consequently, the public buildings carry a particular responsibility within architectural culture, and their artistic features are national calling cards, reflecting building policy objectives and making an important contribution to building culture.