The Kunstverein Hannover conceives of itself as an interface for the presentation of regional, national and international contemporary art. On the regional level, the institution is unique in conducting with its autumn exhibition, which takes place every two years, a consistent, panoramic survey of the outstanding young artistic positions in Lower Saxony. With the annual event PLATFORM, the Kunstverein Hanover wishes on the one hand to further and to enhance emphatically an awareness of the regional artistic scene, and on the other hand to stimulate public interest in that interrelationship between education, apprenticeship and the provision of exhibitions which is so crucial for the entire range of artistic activity. Against this background, PLATFORM is set up as a cooperative project which presently involves the colleges of art in Lower Saxony, but which will in the future seek collaboration with the art colleges of other federal states. At the center of the starting event, which was realized together with the Fachhochschule in Hannover, there was a concept which stood in stark contrast to the customary master-pupil exhibitions and which transformed the Kunstverein for the duration of an extended weekend into an open workshop-stage.
After this successful beginning, the Kunstverein is continuing the series in 2005 with the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste in Braunschweig. A collaboration with the Hochschule in Hamburg is planned for 2006.