Esther Schipper founded the gallery in 1989 in Cologne. In 1997 the gallery relocated to Berlin. Through more than three decades of continuous exhibition practice, the gallery has established itself as a major force not only in Germany but in an international context, with offices in Paris and Seoul and representatives in France, Spain, the United States, Latin America, South Korea, Taiwan and China. The gallery holds up to ten gallery exhibitions as well as multiple off-site projects each year and participates in leading art fairs across the globe.
From the very first exhibitions the gallery specialized on establishing institutional support and finding markets for radically experimental and time-based works. Building on the early pioneering program—among them, exhibitions and projects with Angela Bulloch, Liam Gillick, General Idea, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Pierre Huyghe, Ugo Rondinone or Philippe Parreno, all of whom continue to be an integral part of the gallery’s program—Esther Schipper’s long-term commitment to artists has always been at the center of her gallery’s work.
Currently representing 45 artists and estates, during the last thirty years, the gallery has continuously expanded on the initial core to include innovative artists whose work spans across a wide range of media. The most recent additions are Rosa Barba, Simon Fujiwara, and Jac Leirner, Etienne Chambaud, Cemile Sahin, and Sarah Buckner.
Esther Schipper is committed to present groundbreaking exhibitions with especially commissioned works that often mark novel territories, precipitate important conceptual departures, and initiate new bodies of works.
The archive documenting all gallery’s exhibitions since its founding in 1989 can be found on the Esther Schipper website.exhibitions
Photo: Esther Schipper, Christoph Keller, Title Tool for an Imaginary Cinema, 2015. Lightbox, plastic letters, 60 x 250 x 12,5 cm. Photo: © Andrea Rossetti
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