As the stock of many within Lybke’s stable of artists has risen within the art world, the role of the gallery has matured as well. It has been lucky in that many of the artists have kept EIGEN + Art as their mothership throughout the entirety of their careers. Looking to foster the next generation of EIGEN + ART’s success, Lybke recently handed the Lab over to the gallery’s two directors, Anne Schwanz and Johanna Neuschäffer.
Together, Schwanz and Neuschäffer have developed a concrete aim for the new project space. The pair emphasizes that they are focused on offering, as Schwanz explains, “a place for the artists to grow,” adding, “we have freedom here.” Their excitement about the opportunities that the Lab affords is infectious and motivated by the same energy that inspired Lybke to begin his gallery over three decades ago.
“The Lab has a clear mission,” adds Lybke, “to carry and advance the idea of EIGEN + ART,” and focus on “the artists and their development.” “We want to carry this message to the next generation.” says the dealer. “The Lab offers us the opportunity to go one step further than we could within the traditional day-to-day business of a gallery; we initiate new and suspenseful projects and encourage and inspire artists to experiment.”