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one year//one show
Over the course of the last decade, ammann//gallery has hosted forty exhibitions featuring contemporary design, architecture, fine art, and photography. In 2017, the gallery will take a review with one unique show that will transform the gallery into a dynamic project space. This experiment will manifest itself as a constantly evolving presentation over the course of one year, aiming to deepen the dialogue between the disciplines of fine art, architecture, photography, and design – a dialogue that has lain at the core of the gallery’s program since the beginning.
For over twenty-five years, Gabrielle Ammann has been representing highly acclaimed design artists from around the world. In the late 1980s and early ’90s, Ammann began working with cutting-edge designers, such as Studio Alchimia, Ron Arad, and Marc Newson, and ultimately established the designer’s agency in 1989. In 2006, she launched ammann//gallery in Cologne with a group show including various icons of Contemporary Design from, among others, Ron Arad, Satyendra Pakhalé, and Zaha Hadid. This was followed by highly acclaimed solo exhibitions featuring works by Emmanuel Babled (2006), Zaha Hadid (2007), including a multimedia outdoor installation, and Rolf Sachs (2007). Ammann had already been collaborating with Sachs since 1994 – a conceptual artist who questions preconceptions and triggers highly personal emotions through his work.
ammann//gallery has been instrumental in introducing Asian art and design to Europe. In 2008, for example, a solo show with Chinese artist Wang Jin featured paintings, photography, and gestural stainless steel furniture. In 2009, the South Korea-based artist/designer duo Wolfs + Jung were introduced to a European audience with an exhibition that highlighted their exploration of conceptual dimensions of everyday objects, where the familiar becomes foreign, and the strange becomes familiar. The work of the renowned Chinese artist Shi Jianmin encompasses fine art, design, architecture, and landscape design and was first introduced by ammann//gallery in a solo show in 2009.
Gabrielle Ammann is very visionary has a keen eye for discovering new talents, such as Studio Nucleo, which stands out for its use of innovative materials, including resin and carbon fiber, the exploration of new archetypes, the merging of the old with the new, and a unique approach to identity, history, and time. In a similar vein, the Indian designer Satyendra Pakhalé explores the relationship between industrial production and handmade objects and unites past and present in his designs. In 2009, ammann//gallery presented OriginS, Pakhalé’s first solo exhibition in Germany. The Hamburg-based artist Florian Borkenhagen, who challenges perceptions of everyday objects through destruction and transformation, also joined the gallery in 2009. That same year, the Swiss photographer Hélène Binet, who has been photographing contemporary architecture around the globe for the past twenty years, was introduced into the program. In 2015, she was honored with the prestigious Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award.
In addition to exhibiting the works of internationally acclaimed and emerging artists and designers and accompanying them in the realization of various private, corporate, and institutional projects, the gallery also provides a wide range of client services, such as individual consulting regarding the integration of art, design, and architecture, expertise and appraisal (especially with regard to international design since the 1980s, as well as the interspace between contemporary art and design), conservation, restoration, inventory, and research. A further pillar of the gallery is Gabrielle Ammann’s curatorial and editorial work, including the exhibition Rolf Sachs “typisch deutsch?” at the Museum for Applied Arts in Cologne (2014) and her contribution to the seminal book publication Crossing China by Gérard A. Goodrow (Daab 2012).
Complementing its presence at internationally renowned art and design fairs, such as Design Miami/Basel, Art Cologne, Cologne Fine Art, Collective Design Fair New York, and Salon Art + Design New York, as well as PAD London and Paris, ammann//gallery has initiated several important design projects in collaboration with outstanding artists. One prime example is the Design Lounge at Cologne Fine Art, which connected contemporary art and conceptual design, presenting works from important protagonists such as Satyendra Pakhalé (2009), Florian Borkenhagen (2010), and Ron Arad (2011). In 2013, Gabrielle Ammann cooperated with AD Germany in conceiving and implementing the AD Design Lounge featuring Studio Nucleo at the Art Cologne.
For more than twenty years, ammann//gallery has been a major player in the world of art and design and is now taking a review to reflect on and review its past in view of its future development. There is no better way to celebrate the gallery’s anniversary than gathering all the artists and designers who have been part of the gallery’s evolution and have created iconic works, thus contributing to ammann//gallery’s international reputation as a highly influential mover-and-shaker in the fascinating interstice between the fields of art and design, architecture, and photography. The special, year-long project will begin with a focus on the 1980’s, presenting museum-quality pieces from the highly-acclaimed BAUHAUS collection of Studio Alchimia from 1978/79. Hightlights of the presenation are a 1979 Poltrona di Proust chair and Kandissi Sofa from 1978 by Alessandro Mendini, who was recently named A&W Designer of the Year 2017, as well as a unique tapestry Balletto Geometrico (1980) by Andrea Branzi.