König Gallery, Kreuzberg

Nathan Hylden, Goes On at KÖNIG GALERIE.
Courtesy Nathan Hylden and KÖNIG GALERIE. Photo, Roman März

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König Gallery, Kreuzberg

The Brutalist 1960s church that turned unconventional art hub for Berlin's Kreuzberg neighbourhood...

Johann König is what you call a forerunner among the young savages of the art scene. König opened his first gallery at the age of 21, back in 2002. A good decade on, and he counts among the champions in the gallery business, and has found a location that confirms what he has made himself a name for: throwing all conventions into disarray.

König Gallery, Kreuzberg

KÖNIG GALERIE, ST. AGNES
Courtesy, KÖNIG GALERIE. Photo, Semra Sevin

König recently moved his eponymous gallery to the St. Agnes church in Kreuzberg; designed by Werner Düttmann in the late ’60s. Architect Arno Brandlhuber took three years to transform the former church — with its heavy concrete interior — into an art space; well known for his innovative gallery buildings, he has created a concept that aims, and succeeds, in stepping outside the white cube.

König focusses on cross-media, concept-oriented and spatial approach work. There are two gallery floors: shows occurring every two months on the main floor (unlike the typical six-week schedule), whilst the second floor has a rotation of shows every four to five weeks. Besides young and rising talents, König showcases well-established artists — the majority being from a younger generation. Among them have been Daniel Turner, Katharina Grosse and Paul Czerlitzki.

Even in a city like Berlin, where museums and galleries line up like pearls on a string, König has filled a rare gap that has evolved into a community art space with worldwide prestige.

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Camille Henrot, The Pale Fox
Camille Henrot, The Pale Fox
Camille Henrot, The Pale Fox

Camille Henrot, The Pale Fox at KÖNIG GALERIE, 2015
Courtesy of the artist and KÖNIG GALERIE. Photography, Ulf Saupe

KÖNIG GALERIE in St. Agnes

KÖNIG GALERIE in St. Agnes
Courtesy of KÖNIG GALERIE. Photo, Roman März

KÖNIG GALERIE, ST. AGNES
KÖNIG GALERIE, ST. AGNES

KÖNIG GALERIE, ST. AGNES
Courtesy, KÖNIG GALERIE. Photo, Ludger Paffrath

Nathan Hylden

Nathan Hylden, Goes On at KÖNIG GALERIE.
Courtesy Nathan Hylden and KÖNIG GALERIE. Photo, Roman März

Camille Henrot

Camille Henrot, The Pale Fox at KÖNIG GALERIE, 2015
Courtesy of the artist and KÖNIG GALERIE.
Photography, Ulf Saupe

Nathan Hylden

Nathan Hylden, Goes On at KÖNIG GALERIE.
Courtesy Nathan Hylden and KÖNIG GALERIE.
Photo, Roman März

Katharina Grosse, The Smoking Kid

Katharina Grosse, The Smoking Kid at KÖNIG GALERIE
Courtesy Katharina Grosse and KÖNIG GALERIE © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Photo, Roman März

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