The era of the Podewil as a cultural centre came to a brief end two years after German reunification with a decision made by the Berlin state government. In 1991, the newly founded, state-operated organisation known as the Berlin Kulturveranstaltungs-GmbH (BKV) took up residence in the building. The company was entrusted with the organisation and coordination of cultural exchange projects between Berlin and partners abroad, and it operated a number of venues, including the Theater am Halleschen Ufer, the Theater im Podewil and the Schaubude Berlin. By 2003, the Podewil had established itself as an internationally renowned address for dance, new music, theatre, performance and media art.
In 2004, a re-tendering took place under the auspices of Thomas Flierl, Berlin’s Senator for Culture at the time. The contract was awarded to the association known as Tesla Berlin e.V., which operated a lab for media arts of the same name from 2005 to 2007. At the same time, the museum-education organisation known as the Museumspädagogische Dienst Berlin (MD Berlin) took up residence in the Podewil. This marked the first step in preparation for a fusion with the BKV. On 1 September 2006, the state-owned, non-profit organisation known as Kulturprojekte Berlin – which represented the merger of BKV and MD Berlin – took up operations here.