A Kunstverein (English: art society) is a German initiative borne at the turn of the 18th century out of a desire to enjoy and preserve art. Supported solely by local benefactors, societies sprung up in every town and city across Germany, and by 2010 a consensus showed there were around 300 societies comprising roughly 120,000 donors.
Directed by Krist Gruijthuijsen and Maxine Kopsa, the Kunstverein Amsterdam is striving to revamp the German model, bringing to the fore art from great thinkers of the past, present, and tomorrow’s world. The Gruijthuijsen and Kopsa Kunstverein is a domestic franchise with locations in New York and Milan and offers presentations, lectures, screenings and independent publishing.
Their unassuming building in the De Pijp district is a physical embodiment of art dedication and operates as a non-profit organisation. If their concept tickles your philanthropy bone, get involved by donating an annual fee here and in return receive priority seating, discounts and culturally stirring benefits as well as that warm fuzzy feeling you get that comes with supporting art and culture.