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Cologne-based contemporary art gallery Galerie Christian Lethert specialises in presenting abstract-minimalist art by an international selection of established and emerging artists.Read More
The gallery was established in 2006 by its eponymous owner: the art dealer, curator, and business economics graduate Christian Lethert. First opening on Antwerpener Strasse in the Belgian Quarter of Cologne, the gallery’s first show—Raum für Raum (2006)—presented the ‘coloured sculptures’ of established German artist Lutz Frisch. This was promptly followed by the first solo exhibition of emerging Berlin-based artist Daniel Lergon.
Since then, Galerie Christian Lethert has grown to have an international presence. The gallery has come to foster close relationships with established international names like Richard Tuttle and Imi Knoebel as well as artists emerging on the European and international art scenes like Rana Begum and Natascha Schmitten. Through the gallery’s programmes, including various collaborations with galleries, art clubs, and art museums, its artists’ works have found their way into institutions and significant collections. In 2007, further cementing the gallery’s reputation, Christian Lethert joined the board of directors of the German Gallery Alliance (BVDG).
In October 2017, Galerie Christian Lethert moved to its current location, occupying two stories of a Gründerzeit building from 1889, near the old space on Antwerpener Strasse. The new space, with its modern, brightly lit rooms, was inaugurated with a group exhibition, IN NEUEN RÄUMEN! (NEW SPACE!) (2017), which presented the work of the gallery’s principal artists.
Galerie Christian Lethert Artists
Galerie Christian Lethert’s roster of artists reflects the gallery’s specialisation in abstract and minimalist artwork with a particular focus on painting, sculpture, and photography. The gallery works with big international names such as Tuttle, Fritsch, and Knoebel, as well as Winston Roeth, Frank Gerritz, and Hubert Kiecol.
Galerie Christian Lethert also works with mid-career artists like the American installation and visual artist Jill Baroff and Irish painter Fergus Feehily. They are joined by younger emerging artists such as prize-winning Anglo-Bangladeshi minimalist sculptor Begum, who held her first solo exhibition in Cologne at the gallery, and German sculptor Kai Richter.
Galerie Christian Lethert also deals in the work of other artists such as long-established German contemporary woodcut printmaker Christiane Baumgartner, and influential German painter and photographer Sigmar Polke.
Galerie Christian Lethert Exhibitions and Art Fairs
From the early days Galerie Christian Lethert has participated in major international art fairs including, ART COLOGNE; ARCOmadrid; miart, Milan; Art Los Angeles Contemporary; NADA Miami and New York; and VOLTA New York and Basel. Works by artists on the gallery’s roster have also featured in private and corporate collections including the Hessel Museum of Art in New York, the Hamburger Kunsthalle, and the Saint Louis Art Museum.
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