Art Galleries in Germany - 10 Contemporary Galleries You Need to Visit
Art galleries in Germany are the spots that you must visit when you come to this country.
We wrote about the exceptional German urban and street art scene and today we revisit the wonderful country of Germany and embark on a short trip through the streets of Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Dortmund and Soest. With an extraordinary history of urban art, most clearly seen on the walls of Berlin, city which has been often regarded as one of the world’s epicenters of the movement, it comes as no surprise that Germany has one of the most developed gallery scenes worldwide that successfully keeps track with those of New York, Paris and Los Angeles. What follows is our selection of urban and street art galleries that represents the cross section of the Germany’s highly vibrant and widely influential urban art gallery scene.
Here are the 10 art galleries you will love!
Art is Just a Four Letter Word in Soest
Renowned German art agency art is just a four letter word, located in the town of Soest, fifty kilometers east of Dortmund. The gallery with main focus on street art and graffiti, hosted several significant exhibitions that received a huge international attention. Art is Just a Four Letter Word gallery features artworks created by some of the biggest names in the street and urban art scene, including artists like Rookie the Weird, Niels Shoe Meulman, Amose, Jan Kalab, Bates and Adele Renault, and there is no doubt that it will very quickly become one of the leading and trend-setting street art galleries in Europe.
44309 Street Art Gallery in Dortmund
44309 Street Art Gallery is a renowned art gallery and agency focused on promotion of street art, urban art, graffiti and contemporary art, widely known for its exciting indoor exhibitions often accompanied with outdoor activities organized in the surrounding area of the gallery, including large scale murals and installations. The gallery is situated in 120 square meters gallery space located in Rheinische Street in Dortmund, and is considered to be the place to see fresh and groundbreaking street art from all around the world. 44309 Street Art Gallery’s collection features artworks by some of the most renowned international street artists like Btoy, Pisa73, Czarnobyl, Daniel Eime and Alex Senna.
BC Gallery in Berlin
BC Gallery is one of the newest urban and contemporary art galleries in Germany. Established in 2013 by an art collector, photographer and sound designer Nick Bergezi, it is already considered to be one of the leading galleries and an exceptional culture spot for high-end urban and contemporary art. The gallery is located in a brand new, cutting-edge gallery space at Libauer Street in Berlin with an extraordinary additional off-location situated on the Berlin’s famed RAW strip. BC Gallery features regular solo and group exhibitions of internationally renowned contemporary artists including such great names as Clemens Behr, Stinkfish, Moneyless, Axel Void, Max Rippon and Da Mental Vaporz graffiti crew.
Arty Farty in Cologne
Arty Farty is one of the hippest German urban art places. Established in 2008 as the original Arty Farty Artspace, urban art gallery and bar, it was expanded in 2012 to a new gallery located in the former industrial district of Cologne-Ehrenfeld. Arty Farty Gallery quickly became widely known for its inventive exhibitions and urban interventions created by selected German and international urban and street artists, and it successfully promoted itself as a focal point for urban art in Cologne. It is a rather unconventional venue and it is very difficult to predict what is awaiting you in Arty Farty, but it is most definitely going to be interesting, fresh and unique.
m|u|c|a in Munich
Munich Urban and Contemporary Art Gallery, or simply m|u|c|a is a renowned in-house gallery located in the Kunsthaus Maximilian.
This place offers a high-profile program and rotating shows of urban art and is considered to be the Munich’s meeting point for urban art.
It’s focus lies on established representatives of the urban and street art movement like Banksy, David Choe, FAILE, Shepard Fairey and Herakut, as well as contemporary art masters like Andy Warhol, and young, emerging artists. With an extended experience in the art market, and many years of strong dedication to art consulting, m|u|c|a has established a broad international network and highly respectable reputation of a rather special venue in the German art gallery scene.
Henrik Springmann Gallery in Berlin
Henrik Springmann Gallery was originally based in Freiburg and founded by Josef Springmann in 1977. Since the late 1990s the gallery is directed by his son Henrik Springmann and in 2008 it was newly founded and moved to its own separated premises. Over the years Henrik Springmann Gallery changed its location several times. In 2010 it moved to a new venue in Düsseldorf and today is located in Berlin’s Mitte district. From its opening, Springmann has been passionately dedicated to working with fine modern and contemporary art, and today focuses on collaborations with international artists living in or native to US America, culturally bridging the two continents. It represents a respectable selection of established international artists including Nir Hod, JR, Alexandre Farto, Hank Willis Thomas and Daniele Buetti.
Ruttkowski 68 in Cologne
Founded in 2010 and located in the Belgium quarter of Cologne, Ruttkowski 68 delivers exciting monthly exhibitions, but also organizes book presentations, concerts and charity events.
Working with both German and international emerging and established artists Ruttkowski 68 showcases cutting edge artworks.
It encompasses paintings, photographs, sculpture and installation. The place was named after Sven Ruttkowski, best known as DJ Rutte, tragically deceased member of the famous Bang Boom Bang DJ duo. After Rutte’s death in 2010, photographer Nils Müller transformed his former living space into the Ruttkowski 68 which quickly became one of the best known German contemporary art venues. Gallery’s exceptional selection includes artworks created by some of the most prominent contemporary urban artists, including such names as Cleon Peterson, Herakut, Revok, Mark Jenkins, Andrew Schoultz and Finok.
Circleculture Gallery in Berlin
Circleculture Gallery (previously known as cc:room) is an acclaimed commercially independent gallery, founded over a decade ago and located in totally refurbished 560 square meters of industrial style premium space in Berlin’s famous gallery quarter of Mitte. What started out as a project space back in 2001 quickly became one of Europe’s hottest spots for groundbreaking urban art. Focused on fine art which finds its background, heritage and influences deeply rooted in urban subcultures like street art, avantgarde fashion, design, music, architecture and graffiti, Circleculture gallery has developed a large number of innovative exhibition concepts in cooperation with international curators. The gallery represents a highly respectable group of artists standing for the rising urban art movement in Berlin, including such names as Monk, Anton Unai, Charlie Isoe, Marok and XOOOOX.
Open Walls in Berlin
Open Walls is an unique and internationally renowned contemporary art gallery space specialized in urban and street art located in Berlin that also houses artist’s studios and silkscreen printing facilities. Open Walls Gallery’s extraordinary urban art collection brings together rare, classic and previously unreleased artworks from the gallery promoted and represented artists, including Blo, YZ, SP38, BR1, Alias, Vermibus and Giacomo Spazio. Many of these artists were originally heavily rooted in Berlin’s street art and graffiti scene, but now hold their well deserved place in the art gallery.
Open Walls Gallery is most famous for their exceptional pop-up art shows organized all around the world.
It also regularly participates in the biggest international art fairs.
Urban Spree Gallery in Berlin
Located in the re-purposed and graffiti laden industrial building in Berlin’s Revaler Street, Urban Spree Gallery is an independent contemporary art gallery which also houses an art store, concert hall, studio space and food truck in a large outdoor garden. With an emphasis on the experimental and DIY philosophy, the gallery runs exhibitions and workshops which defend an artistic grassroots approach, directed towards cities, street and graffiti artists, photographers and contemporary artists, with the multifaceted city itself as an inspirational source. Situated in just 400 square meters, Urban Spree is an unique and extremely vibrant meeting point which shows the cultural melting pot and the spirit of the German capital.