650mAh, Hove

Interview with Ella Fleck & Tabitha Steinberg, founders of the gallery 650mAh in Hove

You wouldn’t expect to come across a gallery for contemporary art inside a vape shop. Yet that is what you find in the back room of Mist Vape Shop in Hove, East Sussex, England. By settling in an existing commercial business, the directors of 650mAh, Ella Fleck and Tabitha Steinberg, are challenging the traditional gallery model. Far from the usual art epicenters, they welcome a diverse public and add something really new to the local scene.

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Ēriks Apaļais, Institutional Gambling, 2017/2018, Installation view, Courtesy Alma Gallery

Alma, Riga

Interview with Astrīda Riņķe, founder of the gallery Alma in Riga

With its first Biennial in 2018, Riga has become an essential city when thinking about contemporary art. Alma, as one of the most significant galleries for contemporary art in the Latvian capital, was one of the participating galleries. In 2005 Astrīda Riņķe opened her gallery with Ilva Krišane. Since then the gallery has focused on Latvian artists working in diverse media.

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Mateusz Chorobski, Cream, 2018, Exhibition view, Courtesy Wschód

Wschód, Warsaw

Interview with Piotr Drewko, founder of the gallery Wschód in Warsaw

Piotr Drewko opened his gallery in 2017 because he believes that in art what we see depends on what we know and Piotr Drewko wanted to know more. Before the gallery settled down permanently in Warsaw it had been a project space, with curatorial projects taking place in selected locations across Europe. A strain of this idea remains in the gallery’s work: Along with the roster of artists Piotr Drewko represents there are also a number of artists he frequently collaborates with.

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Misako & Rosen, Tokyo

Interview with Jeffrey Rosen and Misako Rosen, founders of the gallery Misako & Rosen in Tokyo

Although Japan does not have a strong art market, it has a rich gallery scene which is constantly evolving. Jeffrey Rosen and Misako Rosen have been involved with it for a long time. In this interview they tell us about its development from the first generation of galleries to the present scene, and about their idea of rooting contemporary art in everyday life.

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Forbidden to Forbid curated by Paul Clinton, Bouquet by Ruiz Stephinson, 2018, Courtesy Goswell Road and Balice Hertling

Goswell Road, Paris

Interview with Coralie Ruiz and Anthony Stephinson, founder of Goswell Road

Goswell Road is a space run by Coralie Ruiz and Anthony Stephinson, two artists who opened up their atelier to other artists. Departing from the traditional concept of the gallery, Goswell Road aims to compensate for the lack of representation of many artists in Paris. In this interview they talk about moving their space over several places in Paris and even having a Goswell House in the countryside.

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Max Mayer, Düsseldorf

Interview with Max Mayer, founder of the gallery Max Mayer in Düsseldorf

The son of famous gallery owner Hans Mayer, Max Mayer opened his gallery in 2011 after having studied Art History and Curatorial Studies. His aim was to develop long lasting collaborative relationships with the artists he admired. And in order to do that, he at first decided he did not need a physical space. In this interview he reveals what he learned from his father, from his artists, and his thoughts on running a gallery after the financial crisis.

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Ribot Gallery, Milan

Interview with Monica Bottani, founder of the Ribot Gallery in Milan

There was once a horse named Ribot, and although he did not have the build for racing, he nevertheless became a champion in the past century. “He is the good luck omen for my artists” explains Monica Bottani, the founder of the Ribot Gallery in Milan. On a hot summer afternoon we visited the gallery in the Citta Studi area, not far from the famous Bar Basso.

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Sophie Tappeiner, Vienna

Interview with Sophie Tappeiner, founder of the gallery Sophie Tappeiner in Vienna

We became acquainted with Sophie Tappeiner’s gallery at the 2018 edition of Miart, Milan’s modern and contemporary art fair, where she was awarded the LCA Prize for the best booth in the Emergent section for her solo exhibition of Angelika Loderer. Marking her first participation in an art fair, it was a flawless presentation. This is the story of her up-and-coming gallery.

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Gypsum, Cairo

Interview with Aleya Hamza, founder of the gallery Gypsum in Cairo

When Gypsum opened in 2013, the model of the international commercial art gallery did not really exist in Egypt. Since that days Aleya Hamza is working on building up her gallery for an international audience in a city that is off the beaten track.

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Stalla Madulain, Engadin

Interview with Chasper Schmidlin and Gian Tumasch Appenzeller, founder of the gallery Stalla Madulain in Engadin

Today Engadin might be better known as a luxurious skiing resort, but the region actually is known also for its cultural and artistic tradition. In fact, Hermann Hesse, Thomas Mann, Friedrich Nietzsche, and of course Giovanni Segantini and the Giacometti family are associated with the area. Contemporary art is also spreading quickly in the region, with new boutique fairs for art and design and international art galleries opening branches to lure the rich tourists. But one gallery is deeply rooted in the local tradition, Stalla Madulain, founded by two young men in the small village of Madulain.

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