Arndt Gallery Opens New Upmarket Location in West Berlin
But all commercial operations will be handled from the Singapore space.
Berlin-based ARNDT gallery has announced that it will move to a new location in the city’s upmarket Charlottenburg district in February.
The new, larger space is located on Fasanenstrasse, which is already an art hotspot in west Berlin with several traditional galleries and auction houses, the Berlin branch of Galerie Buchholz, and soon, gallerist Matthias Arndt’s newly founded Arndt Art Agency (A3).
“Fasanenstraße has had this wonderful historical dimension for the Berlin art market since the late 19th century and for as long as I can remember I have always wanted to have a space there,” gallerist Matthias Arndt told artnet News in an email.
The gallery said that after the end of the upcoming exhibition “WASAK! Filipino Art Today”—which will open in both spaces on December 5—it will close its current space in Berlin’s trendy gallery district at Potsdamer Strasse and manage its European operation exclusively from the new west Berlin location.
A3 will focus exclusively on artist management, art advisory, and curated exhibitions while the gallery’s commercial activity will continue to operate from ARNDT Fine Art, its central Asian space in Singapore.
Mr. Arndt said that moving the commercial branch of the gallery to Asia “makes sense commercially, geographically, and strategically.”
“Important artists from Asia and the Pacific region, collectors, and museums ask us to find them partners and opportunities in the West, and vice versa,” he said. “In order to do this, ARNDT Fine Art needs to be centrally located in midst of these new art landscapes and markets, which for us is Singapore.”
He added, “I have developed and built major new markets and contacts throughout Asia and Australia which represent 70 percent of our art business. This is something I want to explore and grow further.”
The public can look forward to a sneak peek of the gallery’s new Berlin headquarters on December 5, when it opens its landmark survey of the Filipino contemporary art scene. Curated by Norman Crisologo, the group show is the first of its kind in Europe.
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