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 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.