In its 25 years, the Gallery for Contemporary Art (GfZK) has established itself as an institution in Leipzig—a recognised platform for modern paintings, graphics, photography, and media art. In stark contrast to the classical gallery building set in Johanna Park, one finds a fluorescent green labyrinth in the garden, tipping off visitors to the unexpected experience that awaits them inside.
The GfZK is housed in the Herfurthsche Villa, which was remodeled by the Dresden architect Peter Kulka. In 2004, a second exhibition house by as-if wienberlin was added. Both buildings have received numerous architecture awards. The gallery has gradually established itself internationally as a place where the reciprocal relationship between art and architecture and between art and design is addressed and the relationship between presentation, the construction of meaning and the ascription of value is questioned.
Since its inception, the GfZK focusses on addressing local themes in connection with global developments.