In 2004, Tanja Gerken opened galerie gerken in Auguststraße; 2013, after having been successfully established over nine years, the gallery moved to Linienstraße 217 in Berlin-Mitte. The showroom extends over two floors: the ground floor is 240 square meters in size and is accessible through a glassed wall corner entrance. The rooms are specifically equipped to suit an art gallery: underfloor heating facilitates an undisturbed obervation of the artworks, exchangeable lightning fixtures and a modest interior design makes it possible to present each artist and artistic inclination individually.
The main curatorial aim is an equal mix of contemporary paintings, sculptures and installations and trying to find a balanced ratio between more classical genres and new mediums. Young, new positions and already established artists are equally present in the exhibition’s program. Individually arranged events take place during the exhibition period, which offer a deeper insight into the artists’ works to the viewer.
In 2017 and 2018, themed group exhibitions will become more present in order to dynamize the gallery program. Additionally to the exhibited artists of the gallery, new positions will be invited in order to introduce their works of art.
Every year during the summer, the gallery organizes an exhibition for students from different art academies to promote new talents. Since 2014, gallery gerken publishes a national call to colleges and universities for participation at the ArtStudents (ASA) exhibition. The main focus is the promotion and professionalisation of the participants as well as the opportunity to network between students of the exhibition and others involved in the art world. The extensive program is intended to offer the artists a platform for exchange and experimentation. The application period starts every year at the end of February.
The gallery is a member of Landesverband und Bundesverband Deutscher Galerien (LVBG, BVDG: regional and national union of German galleries) and of the Federation of the European Art Galleries Association (FEAGA).