ARNDT & PARTNER BERLIN
Phone 030-280 81 23, Fax 030-283 37 38
Matthias Arndt, Julie Burchardi
Matthias Arndt, Julie Burchardi
The collapse of the Berlin wall brought forward an ideal condition for the production and development of contemporary art. The vast amount of idle, uninhabited land allowed for new artistic and intellectual ideas (at the beginning of the 1990s). The "two Berlins", both independently competing for a new shared cultural, political and social identity, were now lacking a predominant scene. All was to be newly created and reinvented: artists from West and East Berlin changed locations and thereby discovered "Berlin-Mitte" as the new centre of the metropolis. Artists' studios, artist projects, art centres, bars, clubs and above all an extremely active gallery scene emerged which has meanwhile become one of the most vigorous and dynamic places for contemporary art.
Facing the challenge of a continuously redefining art scene, Arndt & Partner emphasised a programme free of trends or (formal) standards from the beginning. Opening a new space in the "Hackesche Höfe" in Mitte, Arndt and Partner was amongst the first galleries to establish itself in the new centre and thus dedicating itself to the pioneering spirit of the time.
The discovery of emerging Berlin artists and the formation of an international programme of artistic positions which had often not yet been exhibited in Berlin nor in Germany beforehand, have since then become the cornerstones of the gallery profile. In 1997, Arndt & Partner moved to Auguststrasse so as to contribute to the newly emerging gallery centre. There Arndt & Partner developed into an internationally operating art business, which meanwhile belongs to the leading galleries of contemporary art and celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2004.
In September 2001 Arndt & Partner moved to Zimmerstrasse, close to the former Checkpoint Charlie. Encompassing 380 sqm, the new exhibition- and office spaces provide a spatial and personnel infrastructure that meet the increasing demands of internationally established and emerging artists. In addition, the space allows for large-scale, complex and museum-like installations at a time in which commercial galleries are increasingly confronted with growing responsibilities in the field of artistic production and exhibition-making. Along with this spatial expansion, the gallery's artistic programme was redefined and condensed.
Participating at important international art fairs, such as Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach, The Armory Show, New York and FIAC in Paris, Arndt & Partner has developed an international network operating from Berlin which is further broadened by its temporary branches abroad.
Artists of the gallery:
Olaf Breuning, Sophie Calle, Yannick Demmerle, Torben Giehler, Rachel Harrison, Mathilde ter Heijne, Anton Henning, Thomas Hirschhorn, Douglas Kolk, Claude Lévêque, Maria Marshall, Tam Ochiai, Erik Parker, Julian Rosefeldt, Lisa Ruyter, Charles Sandison, Nedko Solakov, Hiroshi Sugito, Susan Turcot, Keith Tyson, Massimo Vitali.
Parallel to the solo presentation of emerging and established artistic positions, thematic group exhibitions also shape the profile of the gallery.
With "Cordon Bleu" (1995), "Face Mind, Mind Body" (1995), "The Aggression of Beauty" (1996), "Storytellers" (1997), "Silent Screams, Difficult Dreams" (2003) and other projects, the exhibition programme was temporarily enhanced by contributions of Christian Boltanski, Tracey Emin, Gillian Wearing, Ugo Rondinone, Fabrice Hybert, Lawrence Weiner, Louise Bourgeois and others.
Director Matthias Arndt
Director Julie Burchardi
Jules de Balincourt
Mathilde ter Heijne