In 2004, Tanja Gerken opened galerie gerken in Auguststraße; 2013, after having been successfully established over nine years, the gallery moved to Linienstraße 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, whereby the diversity of the genres and styles are distinctive for the exhibition program: Figurative and abstract painting, steel and stone sculpture, ceramic and wooden works, kinetic art, jazzy embroideries and minimal room installations account of the heterogeneity of the artists. The combination of young artists with established position allows a complex dialog, which gives information on the development of contemporary art of the last 50 years as well as fundamental questions concerning the medium and content of artistic expressions. Individually arranged events take place during the exhibition period, which offer a deeper insight into the artists’ works to the viewer.
Since the gallery was founded in 2004 the promotion of young talents is a personal concern of Tanja Gerken and is a central aspect of the gallery program. Every second year, 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. By followed exhibitions and projects, fair participations and further mediations perspectives in and around the gallery should be shown. The extensive program is intended to offer the artists a platform for exchange and experimentation.
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).