Carsten Nicolai crt mgn 2013, Installation: neon light, cameras, television, permanent magnets, motorized pendulum system, sound receiver, sound system, size variable. Courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin.
EIGEN+ART emerged in 1983 as an unofficial gallery project in the private loft of Gerd Harry "Judy" Lybke at Körnerplatz in Leipzig. The name is a play on "eigen" (to own") and "einzigartig" (unique). The artists he showed, including Neo Rauch, were active in the non-government (i.e. doctrinally mandated) sphere, therefore forbidden, and therefore illegal. Judy worked closely with the artists, sometimes even modelling for them. The young gallery's experience and professionalism grew, eventually gaining national attention. In 1985 it expanded into a former studio in the Fritz-Austel-Straße. Towards the end of the 1980s, EIGEN+ART also obtained international attention, particularly through the traditional fair in Leipzig (famous for its trade fairs), through which twice a year the West was allowed access to East Germany.