The adventure of New Geman Art, online gallery for contemporary German art, has begun.
End of April, 2017. Spring seems far away on the first day of a gallery tour. We are in Berlin for our new online gallery New German Art. We cross the Charlottenburg district in search of a number of exhibition spaces around Savignyplatz, but most of them are closed or gone.
This is quite normal, we read in contemporary art guides.
In the dynamic Berlin art scene galleries move regularly.
‘Arm aber sexy’, is the German capital’s credo. As an international art city, Berlin attracts many (international) artists because of the alternative art climate, the many cultural events and the low cost of living. But the number of art buyers is not always in tune with this offer. Berlin and the hinterland are much less wealthy than, for example, Düsseldorf and Munich, cities with a much more favorable art market.
Because of the wide and diverse range, we expect to scout talent for a new online gallery New German Art. At art fairs we notice that art from Germany is underrepresented, certainly in comparison with Belgium. Berlin may be the capital of Europe’s art world, the Dutch art buyer is convicted to artists form their own small region.
Meanwhile, we inform about the next final exam presentation at Universität der Künste, the most important art academy in Berlin. On the Hardenbergerstraße we accidentally meet a former student. Ute Wöllmann studied with Georg Baselitz in the eighties, alongside Gerhard Richter one of the most prominent German artists. We tell her about New German Art and she invites us to her office at the Akademie für Malerei, where she has taught dozens of art students. She offers to bring us into contact with artists.
For our gallery we choose painters and sculptors from her large network of artists. A number of painters work in the abstract expressionist tradition, the sculptors usually start from formally abstract assumptions. In the following months we visit several studios in Berlin and surroundings. At the Universität der Künste we approach three young artists. Klaudia Krynicka, a young Polish, has sufficient production to give a number of works in commission. We decide to start with eighteen participating artists.
In fall 2017 we choose 120 works, the vast majority of which will be transferred from Berlin to the Hizkia van Kalingen depot in The Hague. The adventure of New German Art, the online gallery for contemporary German art, has begun.