The Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI e.V. (Association of Arts and Culture of the German Economy at the Federation of German Industries e.V.) is the longest-standing institution for entrepreneurial support of the arts in Germany. Since 1951, it has promoted emerging artists in the areas of architecture, visual art, literature, and music through the contributions and donations of its members, which include some of Germany’s leading companies. As a nationwide, independent network focused on corporate arts sponsorship, it connects culturally committed companies, business associations, corporate foundations, and entrepreneurs.

Jahrestagung 2016 © Holger Talinski

Members of the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft demonstrate that corporations and entrepreneurs are eager to support the arts, taking on the social responsibility to preserve and actively shape a vibrant cultural life. They stand for creativity, innovation, and cultural diversity.

Membership fees and donations provide support for outstanding emerging contemporary artists. Members can also choose to participate in committees for individual funding areas. Their encounters and engagement with contemporary artists and artwork provide important impulses for their own entrepreneurial activity. All members are able to take part in exclusive Kulturkreis events. These range from exhibition openings, readings, concerts, and excursions, to the Deutscher Kulturförderpreis award gala, to the annual three-day Kulturkreis conference. At such events, members connect with prize-winning artists and high-profile guests from business, culture, and politics across Germany.

Kulturkreis members can also join working groups for Arts Sponsorship, Corporate Collecting, and Cultural Education.

The Kulturkreis is open to any company or entrepreneur that wants to embrace social responsibility through a commitment to art and culture. If you are interested in membership, please contact us at info@kulturkreis.eu!


Arbeitskreis Arts Sponsorship (AKF) at Folkwang Museum, 2010  © Herbert Höltgen

The unique network of the Kulturkreis consists of approximately 450 members. They include Germany’s leading enterprises, companies of all sizes and branches of industry, culturally-minded entrepreneurs, business associations, and corporate foundations.


Jahrestagung 2016 in Magdeburg © Holger Talinski

The board of directors, consisting of leading figures from large German companies, establishes the general guidelines for the activities of the Kulturkreis.


Haus der deutschen Wirtschaft © Kulturkreis

The office of the Kulturkreis is located in Berlin’s Haus der Deutschen Wirtschaft (House of German Industry), Breite Straße 29, 10178 Berlin.


© Henning Rogge

The Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft is an independent, non-profit association. It is composed of the board of directors, member assembly, and management.


Jahrestagung 1954 in Bamberg © Kulturkreis

The Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI e. V. (Association of Arts and Culture of the German Economy at the Federation of German Industries e. V.) was founded in 1951 and is the longest-standing institution for entrepreneurial support of the arts in Germany.


"Corporate Collections" © Peter Kierzkowski

You can find a selection of publications by the Kulturkreis here.


Haus der Deutschen Wirtschaft © Marco Lieske

Current job vacancies can be found here.