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Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster[Westphalian Art Association, Münster]
With about 1,000 members the Westfälische Kunstverein is one of the largest, and with its foundation in 1831 one of the oldest art associations. It grew out of a private initiative of citizens who aimed at preserving and collecting art that was then being threatened by secularisation. Already at the turn of the century, but more decidedly after the Second World War, the emphasis has shifted to contemporary art. Here the Kunstverein occupies an essential juncture between the production of art and its discussion. On the one hand the exhibitions of international contemporary art show what artists are grappling with today, on the other they give visitors the opportunity to understand and also to assess the significance of this art in society.
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