Gerda Scheepers, Body Corporate, Installation view, 2016, Courtesy the artist and Mary Mary

Mary, Mary, Glasgow

Interview with Hannah Robinson, founder of the gallery Mary, Mary in Glasgow

While still in art school, Hannah Robinson begun to organize exhibitions, later she was running a project space in her apartment. So it has been a pretty organic decision to open the gallery in 2006. Since than she works in Glasgow where the gallery is located, to support her artists in exhibitions and at fairs all over the art world.

Stéphanie Saadé, The Second Space, 2017, Exhibition view, Courtesy of Marfa'

Marfa’, Beirut

Interview with Joumana Asseily, founder of the gallery Marfa' in Beirut

Having been an art collector in Los Angeles Joumana Asseily, became a gallerist in Beirut where the art scene is blossoming and in need of spaces to develop after many years of turbulence. For her gallery, Asseily chose the city’s port area, which has already inspired some of her artists.

Daniel Jacoby, Sydney no tendría nada que ocultar si otros no tuvieran nada que temer, Exhibition view Madrid, 2016, Photo by Roberto Ruiz, Courtesy of Maisterravalbuena and the artist

Maisterravalbuena, Madrid/Lisbon

Interview with Pedro Maisterra and Belén Valbuena, founder of the gallery Maisterravalbuena in Madrid and Lisbon

With the opening of a second space in Portugal in mid May, Maisterravalbuena has expanded not only from Madrid to Lisbon but also aims to create a network between these two art scenes. Here the two gallerists explain why Belén Valbuena moved to Lisbon and why it is important to make thousands of little decisions thoughtfully.


Madragoa, Lisbon

Interview with Matteo Consonni, co-founder of the gallery Madragoa in Lisbon

Lisbon is attracting more and more attention for its art and creative scene. Last year the Spanish art fair Arco opened a Portuguese branch here, which will be celebrating its second edition in a couple of weeks, and last October the Edp Foundation inaugurated its new museum, the Maat. The terrain is also fertile for new galleries opening their headquarters here. One is Madragoa, an initiative by Portuguese Gonçalo Jesus and Italian Matteo Consonni, who told us his story.

Alex Olson, Crooner, 2017, Installation view, Photo Jay Jones, Courtesy of Altman Siegel

Altman Siegel, San Francisco

Interview with Claudia Altman-Siegel, founder of the gallery Altman Siegel in San Francisco

Interested in art since she was a little kid, Claudia Altman-Siegel opened her gallery in 2009 after moving from New York to San Francisco. Since then she has established a space that brings new artists to San Francisco, aiming for a primary art experience: A “creative outlet”, like Claudia Altman-Siegel calls the gallery herself.

Dickon Drury, The Who’s Who of Whos, 2016, Courtesy of the artist and Koppe Astner

Koppe Astner, Glasgow

Interview with Emma Astner and Kendall Koppe, founder of the gallery Koppe Astner in Glasgow

The story of Koppe Astner begins in Basel: After first meeting on the dance floor at Kunsthalle, for Emma Astner and Kendall Koppe the idea of working together developed quite naturally over time. In 2015 they founded Koppe Astner, which is operating from one of the hidden places in the art world, Glasgow.


Aoyama | Meguro, Tokyo

Interview with Hideki Aoyama, founder of the gallery Aoyama | Meguro in Tokyo

A contemporary art gallery in Tokyo that is not afraid to show 15th century Italian painting, Aoyama | Meguro has dichotomy even in its name. Yet its founder, Hideki Aoyama, knows exactly what he is doing within the artists he presents in his space, a building with a glass and steel façade on a busy street of the Japanese metropole.

Gerda Scheepers, Artist friend, 2014, Courtesy of the artist and Blank Projects

Blank, Cape Town

Interview with Jonathan Garnham, founder of the gallery Blank in Cape Town

After living in Berlin for ten years, Jonathan Garnham returned to Cape Town in 2005, where he opened an art space that turned into Blank in 2012. In this interview the trained artist speaks about the small but vital art scene of Cape Town, and how it developed from the time under the Apartheid in South Africa to now.


Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City

Interview with Stefan Benchoam, co-founder of the gallery Proyectos Ultravioleta in Guatemala City

Instead of complaining about the lack of contemporary art exhibitions in Guatemala, the founders of Proyectos Ultravioleta decided to take the initiative themselves and found a space which functions as a “Kunsthalle” within the country and as a commercial gallery outside.

Benjamin Hirte. Teams, 2016, Installation view, Photo credit Malle Madsen, Courtesy the artist and Christian Andersen

Christian Andersen, Copenhagen

Interview with Christian Andersen, founder of the gallery Christian Andersen in Copenhagen

6 years ago Christian Andersen opened his own gallery after working in another gallery, and before that he was been a photography curator. Today with his program he is thinking about new models for running a gallery. But above all in his engagement with the young art scene Christian Andersen carves out a niche for the artists he works with to place them in an international context.

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