Johann Koenig & Tue Greenfort - Difficult to Collect

Avant/Garde Diaries
Jan 28, 2013 10:12PM

When Johann Koenig opened his gallery in 2002, he was advised to show only small works and group shows in order to grow his business organically. However, for his second show he decided to exhibit a wrecking ball by artist Jeppe Hein that moved and destroyed the premises as soon as visitors entered the room. Back then, Johann Koenig was 21 years old and hadn't even graduated from German high school. Now his gallery is a fixture in the Berlin art world. “At a certain point, I started to do only things that I was interested in," he says. "That includes working with artists that have challenging positions and whose art is difficult to collect because it can’t be preserved or installed.” One such artist is his Danish friend Tue Greenfort, who was one of the reasons why Koenig opened up his gallery in the first place. In his work, Greenfort comments on situations in everyday life through small interventions and questions their existence, often in a very humorous way. He doesn't shy away from political incorrectness either, in order to make a point, garnering criticism by those who don’t understand the irony. Together with Johann, we met Tue at group exhibition in Berlin, where – consistent with Koenig’s position as a gallery owner – Greenford’s piece couldn’t be installed.

Editorial Lead by Kitty Bolhoefer / Filming & Photos by Fridolin Schoepper / Editing by Konterfei / Music by Bunnystripes

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