Volker Diehl

Volker Diehl (born 28 May 1957 in Neheim-Hüsten) is a German gallery owner. He mainly exhibits contemporary art in the gallery "DIEHL" (Berlin).

Volker Diehl
Volker Diehl (c) Kristina Kulakova.jpg
Born(1957-05-28)May 28, 1957
OccupationGallery owner

Biography and careerEdit

After graduating from high school in Warstein[1] in 1977, Volker Diehl first studied at the Kunstakademie Münster under Hans-Jürgen Breuste, and from 1978 art history at the Free University of Berlin.[2] In West Berlin, he supported various artists as part of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program (including Markus Raetz, André Thomkins, Wolf Vostell, Dieter Hacker) and got to know René Block in this context. At the exhibition "Für Augen und Ohren" curated by Block, which was first shown at the Academy of Arts, Berlin, and then at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris,[3] he was also responsible for the support of artists and thus got to know Joseph Beuys, Nam June Paik, Joe Jones, and many other artists. A little later he became assistant to Shigeko Kubota and ran her studio. From 1981 to 1983 he was assistant to Christos M. Joachimides and Norman Rosenthal. In this context, he supported the artists and worked as personal assistant in the exhibition Zeitgeist (1982), which was "arguably one of the most historically significant global painting surveys of the 20th century".[4][5] Together with Roland Hagenberg, he subsequently published the two books Maler in Berlin (1982) and the sequel ... Und (1983) in their own publishing house "HAPPY-HAPPY", which contained numerous interviews and portraits of artists and collectors, among them Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz and Erich Marx as well as representatives of the art groups Neue Wilde and Arte Cifra. With Roland Hagenberg he traveled New York City, where they conducted interviews with Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe, Keith Haring, Francesco Clemente, Julian Schnabel, Robert Morris, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Leo Castelli, Ileana Sonnabend, Mary Boone, Tony Shafrazi, and many more. The tapes used turned out later to be defective, so the interviews were never published.

Activities as gallery ownerEdit

In 1983 he began to curate exhibitions at the "Galerie Folker Skulima" in Berlin as a junior partner and showed young, contemporary artists including Jaume Plensa, Rosemarie Trockel, Leiko Ikemura, Sergey Volkov, Ray Smith and Martin Assig. In September 1990 he took over the rooms at Niebuhrstr. 2 with the founding of "Galerie Volker Diehl".[6] In 2000 he moved to new rooms at Zimmerstr. in Berlin-Mitte, in 2007 to Lindenstraße in the Kreuzberg district.[7] In autumn 2011 the gallery moved back to the former space at Niebuhrstraße in Berlin-Charlottenburg. In September 2013, a project space was added under the name "Diehl Cube" in Emser Straße in Berlin-Wilmersdorf, in which exhibitions were shown until 2018.[citation needed]

In addition, Diehl was the first western gallery owner to open its own exhibition space in Moscow under the name "Diehl + Gallery One" in April 2008. In the former premises of the state Soviet art trade at Smolenskaja No. 5/13,[8] Diehl exhibited the works of the American artist Jenny Holzer under the title Like truth as the first project from April 17 to June 15, 2008.[9] After other exhibitions by Wim Delvoye, Zhang Huan, Jaume Plensa and Olga Chernysheva, the Moscow branch closed again at the end of 2009.[5]

Under the name "Diehl Projects" Diehl was responsible for further projects, first around 2000 and 2007/2008 in Berlin, later for the exhibition of the Russian artist Olga Chernysheva Adventure Istiklal N. 9 in the "Yapi Kredi Kazim Taskent Art Gallery" in Istanbul (2009) and two group exhibitions in Rostov-on-Don with the titles Berlin tut gut! and Pubblico – Privato (spring 2012).[citation needed]

Other projectsEdit

In 1996 he and 13 other gallery owners were founding members of the art fair "art forum berlin" and, together with Rudolf Kicken, also managed the business of the company until 2001. It was internationally the first exclusively contemporary art fair and the first fair in the world to be conceived and conducted by gallery owners.[10]

With Margarita Pushkina and Vlad Ovcharenko, he established the Russian art fair "Cosmoscow" in 2010 with an "all-inclusive concept".[11][12] In 2016, together with Elena Sereda and Natalia Chagoubatova, he also founded the London pop-up company "Art Circle" (curation by Bettina Ruhrberg, among others).[13]

Exhibitions (selection)Edit

1983–1990 in Galerie Folker SkulimaEdit

Galerie Volker Diehl in BerlinEdit

Diehl + Gallery One in MoscowEdit

  • Jenny Holzer, Like truth, 2008
  • Wim Delvoye, New Works, 2008
  • Group show: Laughterlife – New Art from Russia and Central Asia, 2008
  • Zhang Huan, Paintings and Sculptures, 2008/2009
  • Jaume Plensa, Silent Music, 2009
  • David Ter-Oganyan, Aleksandra Galkina, Scale, 2009
  • Group show: Glasnost. Soviet Non-Conformist Art from the 1980s, 2010
  • in cooperation with Baibakov Art Projects: Olga Chernysheva, Participation in Modernikon – Contemporary Art from Russia, 2011

Diehl CubeEdit

Publications (selection)Edit

Maler in Berlin
  • Christos M. Joachimides (Ed.): Zeitgeist. Edited by Ursula Prinz u. Volker Diehl. Berlin: Frölich & Kaufmann, 1982 (in German).
  • Volker Diehl, Roland Hagenberg (Eds.): Maler in Berlin. Berlin: HAPPY-HAPPY, [1982] (in German).
  • Volker Diehl, Roland Hagenberg (Eds.): ... Und. Berlin: HAPPY-HAPPY, [1983] (in German).
  • Volker Diehl (Ed.): Martin Assig. Berlin: Galerie Volker Diehl, 1990 (in German).
  • Andy Warhol: Flowers. New York, Berlin: Stellan Holm Gallery, Galerie Volker Diehl, 1994.
  • Galerie Großinsky & Brümmer, Galerie Volker Diehl (Eds.): Martin Assig. Karlsruhe and Berlin: Galerie Großinsky & Brümmer and Galerie Volker Diehl, 1997 (in German.
  • Jaume Plensa: Wie ein Hauch. Berlin: Galerie Volker Diehl, 1998 (in German).
  • Susan Hiller: The curiosities of Sigmund Freud. Berlin: Galerie Volker Diehl, 2006.
  • Zhang Huan: Drawings – On the Occasion of the Exhibition Zhang Huan – Drawings, at Galerie Volker Diehl, Berlin, March 10 to April 10, 2007. München: Schirmer/Mosel, 2007.
  • Martin Borowski: Homestory Visitation. Berlin: Galerie Volker Diehl, 2007.
  • Ling Jian: The Last Idealism. Berlin: Galerie Volker Diehl, 2007.
  • Martin Assig: Westwerk Havelhaus. Berlin and München: Galerie Volker Diehl and Schirmer/Mosel, 2008 (in German).
  • Olga Chernysheva, Boris Groys: Caesuras. Berlin: Galerie Volker Diehl, 2009.
  • Joseph Backstein, Ekaterina Degot, Boris Groys: Glasnost – Soviet Non-Conformist Art from the 1980s. Haunch of Venision; London: Galerie Volker Diehl, 2010.
  • Christian Megert: Licht und Bewegung. Berlin: Galerie Volker Diehl, 2013 (in German).
  • Peter Sedgley: Singing Light. Berlin: Diehl, 2014.
  • Rolf-Gunter Dienst: Primavera. Berlin: Volker Diehl, Allegra Ravizza, 2015, ISBN 978-3-8947998-0-9.
  • Ralf Hanselle, Volker Diehl, Stefan Heyne: Prime Time – archetypes of abstraction in photography. Berlin: Galerie Volker Diehl, 2016, ISBN 978-3-9817940-1-4.
  • Julia Nefedova, Lena Vazhenina: Internet doesn’t allow me to forget you. Berlin: Galerie Volker Diehl, 2016, ISBN 978-3-9817940-0-7.
  • Simon English: My Big Self Decoy Justin Beiber. London: Black Dog Publishing, 2017.
  • Tiberiy Szilvashi: Rembrandt-Zoom – Melancholie als Alchemie der Malerei. Published by Volker Diehl. Berlin: ciconia ciconia, 2019 (in German).

Further readingEdit

  • Julika Kehb, Natascha Kirchner, Esther Knuth: Galerieprofil Volker Diehl – Härte und Brutalität. In: KUNST Magazin 1307/08, p. 12–17 (in German).
  • Odrija Fišere: At the end, the artwork survives : An interview with German gallerist Volker Diehl. In: Arterritory.com, 12. August 2016.


  1. ^ Abiturientia 1977, Europa-Gymnasium Warstein (in German)
  2. ^ a b Monika Lembke (2008-06-02). "Der Kunst-Botschafter" (in German). Die Welt. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  3. ^ Gruppenausstellungen, Stephan von Huene (in German)
  4. ^ John Newsom (2016-03-13). "Zeitgeist". Flash Art. Retrieved 2019-09-14.
  5. ^ a b Odrija Fišere: At the end, the artwork survives. In: Arterritory.com, 12. August 2016.
  6. ^ Kolja Reichert (2013-11-28). "Das fiese Geld" (in German). Die Zeit. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  7. ^ Galerie Volker Diehl, Berlin.de (in German)
  8. ^ Swantje Karich (2008-03-16). "Volker Diehl eröffnet in Moskau" (in German). Frankfurter Allgemeine. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  9. ^ Christiane Hoffmans (2008-04-13). "Unser Mann in Moskau" (in German). Welt am Sonntag. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  10. ^ "Galerie Volker Diehl" (in German). Achim Klapp Medienberatung. 2008. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  11. ^ Julika Kehb, Natascha Kirchner, Esther Knuth: Galerieprofil Volker Diehl – Härte und Brutalität. In: KUNST Magazin 1307/08, p. 16 (in German).
  12. ^ Susanne Schreiber (2010-12-14). "Kunst shoppen im Fabrikgebäude "Roter Oktober"" (in German). Handelsblatt. Retrieved 2019-09-18.
  13. ^ The Essence of Things – Art Circle – London, Art Matter
  14. ^ "Ahoi, Attersee!" (PDF) (in German). Der Tagesspiegel, quoted by Galerie Volker Diehl (pdf). 1989-03-18. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  15. ^ "Galerie Volker Diehl – KP Brehmer: 2 X Täglich Zähneputzen". DIEHL (in German).

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