In 1990 the city of Weimar struck a deal with the people who had (illegally) occupied the house on Burgplatz 1: the squatters were allowed to buy the house for the price of an East-German "Trabbi"-car, 8.700 DDR-Mark. Starting in 1988, the ACC had attempted to stop the continuous decay of the historically important house with a variet program of artistic and special events. The only legal inhabitant at that time was "Zorni," employee of the tractor factory Weimar-Werk, whose water supply came via garden hose from the back patio into his bathtub. The ACC acts as an art society and is a "conservatory-revolutionary
trendy hangout" (FAZ) with complementary and challenging actions. "In Thuringia nothing works like this.
It is a restaurant, pub, gallery, Benefactor of scholarships and office of culture: It is a cultural trinity, three variations of a whole, single entity (Bernd Kauffmann, head officer of Culture City Ltd.). Here "the axle of the world culture is being forged" (Dr. Herbert von Hintzenstern, church historian). Center piece of this institution (that used to be residency of secret advisor Goethe and other employees of the duke's court) is the gallery that in 1995 was expanded into the neighboring building. Ever since being named ACC in 1987, "A" stands for "autonomous" without any political connotations, implying independent, eccentric, peculiar. The ACC is backed by a group of supporters, receives grants from municipal and regional government, sells works out of exhibitions, rents out its rooms in order to make some money, lets galleries like EIGEN + ART (Berlin), Urs Meile (Luzern) or Metropolitana (Barcelona) put on exhibits and is one of the art locations in Weimar that keeps the door to the world open. Every year three artists are selected for a 4 month working grant and exhibition. In 1999 these are Dimitrios Georges Antonitsis from Athens (currently showing "Asian Sleaze", a black and white adapted series of japanese Gogo-girls in the Little gallery), Sophia Kosmaoglou from Athens and Monika Dutta from Newcastle. Milestones of the gallery's past were the exhibitions "Photography of the Bauhaus" (1991), "Paul Klee-Weimar-Years 1921-25" (1992) including 23 originals for the first time in 60 years on display in Weimar, "Stars from Gugging" (1993) and CINDY SHERMAN (1994). William Wegman's polaroid exhibit "Weimar for the Weimaraners" was devoted to the breed of dog that was raised here and
named after the city. Next were "Pierre et Gilles," painted-over photographs of the artist couple from Paris (1996), the video exhibits SPLASH! (1997) and "mighty powerful" (1998) with artists like Tony Oursler and Gillian Wearing. In 1995 the ACC gallery was awarded the cultural prize of the state of Thuringia. Head of ACC Frank Motz received the Weimar award in 1998. English information regarding the current program exhibit "Community-Society" are available in the main gallery.
The stationary "Goethe break room" is a small room within the main gallery that will house "Wielandschaft" ("Wielandscape") in commemoration of the great writer Christoph Martin Wieland, who has been forgotten in the public discussion of thoughts and books and in order to take a break from Goethe.