C/O Berlin is a charitable foundation that presents a cultural program with an international standing. The exhibition venue for photography and visual media shows works by renowned artists, promotes emerging talents and accompanies children, teenagers and adults on their journeys of discovery through our visual culture.
Based on the civic commitment of the three founders—photographer Stephan Erfurt, designer Marc Naroska, and architect Ingo Pott—a private initiative has developed into a unique institution that receives widespread public acclaim. As a non-profit foundation, C/O Berlin operates independently of commercial interests and is financed through admission fees, book sales, and sponsoring as well as by donations and contributions of the C/O Berlin Friends e.V. C/O Berlin Foundation does not receive any regular public funding and pays rent to the city of Berlin for the utilization of the Amerika Haus at standard local rates.
Each year C/O Berlin shows as many as twelve solo and group exhibitions of internationally distinguished photographers such as Annie Leibovitz, Martin Parr, Nan Goldin, Anton Corbijn, Peter Lindbergh or Irving Penn. Talks, lectures, panels, performances, screenings and guided tours intensify and expand on selected exhibition content and artistic approaches, which have been curated and compiled in collaboration with reknown museums, collections and art institutions worldwide.
C/O Berlin Talent Award
Supporting and developing emerging talents in their artistic development is an integral part of the C/O Berlin Foundation’s mission and work. The C/O Berlin Talent Award is the only prize of its kind in Europe. Each year it recognizes the exceptional work of one photographer and one art critic under the age of 35. The C/O Berlin Talent Award honors one outstanding young photographer and art critic each year. Along with a cash award, the winning photographer is honored with a solo exhibition at C/O Berlin. A publication accompanying the exhibition is put out by Spector Books in Leipzig and contains work by the prizewinning art writer.
Education supplements the program at C/O Berlin by covering the important aspect of visual pedagogy. With the formats Junior, Teens and Adults, C/O Berlin offers a chance to get to know photography, film and design on a professional level and to playfully implement one‘s own ideas. In workshops lasting several days the participants get to know photography, film and design on a professional level, gain specialized knowledge, enhance their perception and discover their own creative potential.
C/O Berlin Friends
C/O Berlin Friends brings passionate and committed friends of photography together. The group’s work supports the diverse activities of C/O Berlin—exhibitions, the annual C/O Berlin Talent Award for young artists, and educational offerings for children and teens including the Perspectives program for socially disadvantaged youth.
In 2014, C/O Berlin moved to the Amerika Haus, built in 1956/57 on the occasion of the Interbau International Building Exhibition and according to plans by architect Bruno Grimmek. Until 2006, the light and elegant building served as the cultural and information centre of the United States of America in Berlin—including a cinema, a library and exhibition spaces. In 2015, C/O Berlin was awarded the Berlin BDA Prize (Bund Deutscher Architekten) for its sensitive refurbishment and revitalization of the Amerika Haus.
Facts & Figures
2,112,094 Visitors in 18 years 301,300 Invitations
250,000 Visitors in the first year at the Amerika Haus
240,000 Total circulation of the C/O Berlin newspaper since 2014
211,000 Google search results
127,951 Art postcards sold in the bookshop
110,000 Visitors to the Annie Leibovitz retrospective
100,000 Visitors to the Irving Penn exhibition
95,000 Visitors to the Sebastião Salgado exhibition
91,443 Friends on Facebook
82,233 Visitors to the Anton Corbijn exhibition
50,800 Followers on Instagram
31,243 Nails and screws to hang pictures
16,601 Subscribers to the newsletter
13,146 Followers on Twitter
9,536 Liters of paint
5,500 Visitors to the Grand Opening of the Amerika Haus on October 10, 2014
3,713 C/O Berlin tote bags sold
3,487 Books in the private library
3,200 Visitors to the farewell party at the old Royal Post Office in 2013
2,050 Square meters of exhibition space
2000 Founding year
595 Events including talks, lectures, screenings, panels, performances
400 Members of C/O Berlin Friends
238 Cooperation partners
220-meter-long line to attend the Grand Opening
230 Junior and Teens workshops
132 Exhibitions in 18 years
100 Distribution points for the C/O Berlin newspaper
41 Talents supported through shows and catalogues
4 “Art-in-architecture” objects shown in the Café
3 Founding partners – Stephan Erfurt, Marc Naroska, Ingo Pott
3 Moves – Royal Post Office, Linienstraße, Royal Post Office, Amerika Haus
1 Honorary award from Marketing Club Berlin
1 Barrier-free certification
1 Federal Cross of the Order of Merit