Galerie Karsten Greve

Galerie Karsten Greve is a set of European art galleries established by Karsten Greve that operates art exhibit spaces in Cologne (Germany), St. Moritz (Switzerland), and Paris (France). It specializes in postwar and contemporary art, representing around fifty artists.[1] The gallery's programme is characterized by the international postwar avant-garde, but also includes photographers and Chinese contemporary artists, as well as other international young artists. The gallery publishes catalogue editions to accompany exhibitions as well as monographs and catalogues raisonneés.

Galerie Karsten Greve in Cologne


Galerie Karsten Greve is owned and run by German art dealer and publisher Karsten Greve, who founded the original gallery in 1972 in Cologne, Germany. In 1989, Karsten Greve opened a second space in Paris, in 1994 a third location in Milan (closed 2002) and another in 1999 in St. Moritz.


In 1970, Karsten Greve, together with Rolf Möllenhof (born 1939, Chemnitz), directed the Möllenhof/Greve Galerie. He founded his first own gallery in 1972 in its original Cologne Lindenstraße 20 Galeriehaus location, debuting with an Yves Klein solo exhibition of his Anthropometry series.[2][3] In the same year, Galerie Karsten Greve presented at Art Basel for the first time. In 1973 Karsten Greve became the sole proprietor of Galerie Karsten Greve. In 1980 the gallery moved into the former space of Aenne Abels at Wallrafplatz 3 exhibiting Cy Twombly (1982),[4] Lucio Fontana (1982 and 1983)[5] and Willem de Kooning (1990)[6] among others. The gallery expanded to what used to be Rudolf Zwirner's Albertusstraße 18 gallery space in 1992, designed by architect Erich Schneider-Wessling. The space was inaugurated with a John Chamberlain solo show, followed by Josef Albers (1996 and 1998),[7] Cy Twombly (1997),[8][9][10] Wols (1998), Louise Bourgeois (1999) and Jannis Kounellis (1999) exhibitions. Galerie Karsten Greve Cologne later moved to its main location, Drususgasse 1-5, in 2000. The lower floors of the 1950s landmark building, located in the centre of Cologne, were remodeled by French architect Yannis Tsiomis. The gallery still maintains its Wallrafplatz exhibition space to this day.


In 1989, Galerie Karsten Greve opened its Rue Debelleyme exhibition space in the Marais district of Paris, near the Musée Picasso.[11] Since then the area has become a popular location for galleries and has undergone extensive redevelopments. The gallery space, situated in a 17th-century palais, built around a cour d’honneur, consists of a large main gallery and another smaller, three-storey exhibition space. Architect Yannis Tsiomis was responsible for remodeling the entire interior of the property.

In 2003, Galerie Karsten Greve Paris presented Pierre Soulages in a solo exhibition. Galerie Karsten Greve represents Pierre Soulages in France.[1][12][13]


In 1994, Karsten Greve opened a third gallery space in the Via Santo Spirito in Milan in the historical city centre near Via Montenapoleone, dedicating the first show to Cy Twombly.[14] Among the artists exhibited were Piero Manzoni, Lucio Fontana, Alberto Burri, Nicola de Maria, Osvaldo Licini, Francesco Lo Savio. and Mario Nigro. The space was closed in 2002.

St. MoritzEdit

In 1999, Karsten Greve opened his fourth gallery space at Via Maistra 4 in St. Moritz, Switzerland, as one of the first in the region.[15] The former Posthaus Hotel in which the gallery is located, was redesigned by British architect Norman Foster.[16] Unlike other galleries in Engadin, it hosts exhibitions throughout most of the year.

Significance in the art worldEdit

The gallery achieved its reputation through its curated presentations at art fairs[17][18] and museum quality exhibitions.[19][20][21][22][9][23] Karsten Greve's longstanding friendships with many represented artists such as Cy Twombly, Louise Bourgeois, John Chamberlain,[24] Jannis Kounellis, Pierre Soulages and Gotthard Graubner provided the basis for the gallery's programme.[25] Galerie Karsten Greve contributed strongly to the international recognition of many of its represented artists.[26][19][27] The gallery's main focus lies in major renewal movements present in the international art world after 1945, which provided the impetus for the continuation of revolutionary Modernism emerging after the turn of the century. The gallery stages solo and group exhibitions in its own exhibition spaces and also in collaboration with major international museums and other non-commercial art institutions, working closely with the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, the Fondation Beyeler and the Kunstmuseum Basel among others by contributing works as loans. Important exhibitions the gallery contributed to include the 2008/2009 Cy Twombly show at the Guggenheim Bilbao, the 1987 Cy Twombly retrospective at the Kunsthaus Zürich, which later traveled to Madrid and London,[28][29] the Louise Bourgeois retrospective at the Tate, Centre Pompidou and Guggenheim New York (2007/2008) and at the Napoli Museo di Capodimonte (2008/2009), the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris Lucio Fontana retrospective (2014) as well as numerous other exhibitions in museums in Zürich, Düsseldorf and Madrid. The gallery also acts as a consultant for private and corporate collections with works found in the Langen Foundation, Museum Frieder Burda, Museum Insel Hombroich, Broad Art Foundation, Fondation d’Art Contemporain Daniel et Florence Guerlain, Fondation Louis Vuitton, La Maison Rouge and Fondazione Prada.

Galerie Karsten Greve participates in the international art fair circuit,[30][15] with annual presentations at Art Basel fairs in Basel,[31] Hong Kong and Miami Beach,[32] FIAC Paris,[33] TEFAF Maastricht,[34] TEFAF New York Spring[35] and Art Cologne.[36]

Josef Albers Lynn Davis David Malin Gideon Rubin
Eugène Atget Willem de Kooning Sally Mann Georgia Russell
Ilse Bing Ding Yi Piero Manzoni Joel Shapiro
Pierrette Bloch Jean Dubuffet Fausto Melotti Pierre Soulages
Louise Bourgeois Lucio Fontana Henri Michaux Louis Soutter
Brassaϊ Gotthard Graubner Claire Morgan Cy Twombly
Thomas Brummett Leiko Ikemura Manish Nai Luise Unger
Alexander Calder Raúl Illarramendi Mario Nigro Sergio Vega
Lawrence Carroll Mimmo Jodice Robert Polidori Wols
John Chamberlain Yiorgos Kordakis Norbert Prangenberg
Joseph Cornell Catherine Lee Qiu Shihua


Galerie Karsten Greve publishes catalogue editions to accompany its exhibitions as well as monographs and catalogues raisonneés.[37] 40 YEARS. 20 YEARS. 10 YEARS GALERIE KARSTEN GREVE COLOGNE. PARIS. ST. MORITZ, published in 2010, documents the gallery's history since its founding.[38] Highlights from the gallery's publishing activities include the following titles produced: BRASSAÏ – DUBUFFET (2011), Joseph Cornell, (1992) including texts from Joseph Cornell's journals, Louis Soutter, Finger-paintings 1937-1942, (1998), with texts by Jean Dubuffet, Lucio Fontana, Sculpture/Skulptur, lo sono uno scultore e non un ceramista, Catalogue III (2012) and Cy Twombly, Work on Paper, Catalogue VI (2013).

The gallery has a social media presence.[39][40]


  1. ^ a b "List of all represented artists".
  2. ^ "Yves Klein Archives". Archived from the original on 6 January 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  3. ^ Yves Klein: Anthropometrien : Galerie Karsten Greve, Köln (in German). Galerie Karsten Greve. 1 January 1974.
  4. ^ "| Galerie Karsten Greve". Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  5. ^ "| Galerie Karsten Greve". Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  6. ^ "| Galerie Karsten Greve". Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  7. ^ Richter, Horst (29 September 1998). "Schule des Sehens. Josef Albers und Peter Schmersal". Kölner Stadtanzeiger.
  8. ^ Schneider, Bruno (17 July 1997). "Nachtwache wächst aus Wachskreide. Die Galerie Greve zeigt Bilder von Cy Twombly". Rundschau. „Bei Greve zu sehen sind außer selten gezeigten auch bekannte Werke dieses Malers aus den Jahren 1951 bis 1976, in denen er seine zeichnerischen und malerischen Psychogramme entwarf, die sich trotz ihrer Nähe zum Action-Painting und Minimalismus kaum einer Stilrichtung zuordnen lassen.“ „Er ist ein Künstler, dessen Werke sich weniger dem Intellekt, umso mehr aber dem sensiblen und geduldigen Auge erschließen, wozu die hohen Räume bei Greve eine seltene Chance bieten.“
  9. ^ a b von Taschitzki, Thomas (19 July 1997). "Voll Vitalität und Frische. Kritzelspur, Farbknäuel, Fragmente: Cy Twombly in der Galerie Greve". Kölner Stadtanzeiger. „Im Programm der Galerie Karsten Greve nimmt das Werk von Cy Twombly einen besonderen Stellenwert ein. In einer nahezu musealen Ausstellung werden jetzt zwanzig Gemälde und Skulptur aus dem Zeitraum zwischen 1951 und 1976 präsentiert.“
  10. ^ Vielhaber, Christiane (22 July 1997). "Die Malerei lebt immer noch". Handelsblatt.
  11. ^ "Google Maps: location in Paris".
  12. ^ Wohlfarth, Bettina; Paris (12 December 2015). "Pierre Soulages in Paris: Jenseits von Schwarz". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. ISSN 0174-4909. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Des inédits de Pierre Soulages exposés à Paris - France 3 Occitanie". France 3 Occitanie. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  14. ^ "| Galerie Karsten Greve". Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  15. ^ a b Knapp-Voith, Valentina (June 2016). "Ich mag Aussenseiter". St.Moritz Magazin.
  16. ^ "Literatur & Kunst | "Vier Traumhotels und Kultorte im wundervollen Engadin"". Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  17. ^ Kliemann, Thomas (April 2016). "Die alte Tante macht sich fein". General Anzeiger Bonn.
  18. ^ Thon, Ute (15 June 2016). "Art Basel 2016 - Basler Leckerli". art Magazin. Archived from the original on 8 February 2017. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  19. ^ a b Wirth, Heidrun (15 October 2009). "Königsmacher mit Spürsinn". Kölnische Rundschau.
  20. ^ Smolik, Noemi (9 February 2015). "Joel Shapiro Triumphs at Galerie Karsten Greve". artnet News.
  21. ^ Wirth, Heidrun (16 November 2011). "Verborgene Zeichen, Museumsreif: Galerie Greve zeigt Brassai-Dubuffet". Kölnische Rundschau.
  22. ^ Raap, Jürgen (4 April 1994). "Räume der Angst". Kölner Illustrierte. „Ein museumsreifes Programm von John Chamberlain bis Picasso macht schon seit längerem das Profil der Galerie Greve aus, und auch jetzt gibt es Hochkarätiges zu sehen: Zeichnungen und frühe Skulpturen von Louise Bourgeois in den Räumen am Wallrafplatz […]“
  23. ^ Henle, Susanne (2 August 1997). "Vorm Paradies drückt man sich die Nase platt". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. „Greves Offerte erreicht hier museales Niveau. Insgesamt ist die Schau, die sich in den diesjährigen Sommermonaten auch an die internationalen, von der documenta angelockten art people wendet, als strategisch eingesetzte Kunstmarktoffensive zu werten.“
  24. ^ Muf (7 August 2001). "M.O.RITZ – neue Arbeiten von John Chamberlain". Engadiner Post. „Inspiriert wurde Chamberlain zu dieser Arbeit vergangenen Februar. Er war – zur Erholung nach einer Operation – Gast seines Galeristen in St. Moritz. Weil es ihm und seiner Frau hier so gut gefallen hat, begann er unter diesem Eindruck die Arbeit an „Candied Delights“ oder M.O.RITZ, wie er die Objekte auch nennt.“
  25. ^ "Art Basel catalogue".
  26. ^ Genocchio, Benjamin (December 2013). "Q&A with Karsten Greve". Blouin art+auction.
  27. ^ Groß, R. (August 2003). "Ein Galerist der Weltgeltungskünstler". Der Standard.
  28. ^ Zürich, Kunsthaus. "Expositions 1987". (in French). Archived from the original on 14 February 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  29. ^ Informatics, Insight. "Cy Twombly: Bilder, Arbeiten auf Papier, Skulpturen : Kunsthaus Zürich, 18. Februar bis 29. März 1987". Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  30. ^ "| Galerie Karsten Greve". Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  31. ^ Basel, Art. "Exhibitors 2017". Art Basel. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  32. ^ Basel, Art. "Exhibitors 2016". Art Basel. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  33. ^ France, Reed Exposition. "Karsten Greve". Archived from the original on 16 February 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  34. ^ "Galerie Karsten Greve AG". Archived from the original on 16 February 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  35. ^ "TEFAF New York Spring Exhibitors List 2017". Archived from the original on 7 February 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  36. ^ "ZEITGENÖSSISCHE KUNST | artcologne". Archived from the original on 20 April 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  37. ^ "Galerie Karsten Greve Organisation (kiz)". Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek (in German). Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  38. ^ 40 YEARS. 20 YEARS. 10 YEARS GALERIE KARSTEN GREVE COLOGNE. PARIS. ST. MORITZ. Galerie Karsten Greve. 2010.
  39. ^ Galerie Karsten Greve on Facebook.
  40. ^ Galerie Karsten Greve on Instagram.

External linksEdit