KÖNIG GALERIE has evolved into a dynamic platform for contemporary art in Berlin and beyond. Initially founded by Johann König as “Johann König, Berlin” in 2002, the gallery specializes in showcasing the work of both emerging and established international artists, with a particular emphasis on younger generations. Its program is characterized by interdisciplinary, concept-driven approaches, encompassing a wide array of artistic media, from sculpture and painting to video, installation, printmaking, photography, and performance.
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In 2012 the former church St. Agnes became the new flagship space, aptly named KÖNIG GALERIE. Located in Berlin-Kreuzberg, the monumental brutalist building was originally designed by architect Werner Düttmann between 1964 and 1967. After a respectful renovation by the acclaimed architect Arno Brandlhuber, the project was awarded the Berlin Architecture Prize in 2016.
In April 2021, the gallery branch KÖNIG SEOUL opened in the South Korean capital. From 2013 to 2023, König set up pop-up spaces in London, Vienna, Tokyo, and Monaco, as well as a second location in Berlin at Telegraphenamt adjacent to Museumsinsel. KÖNIG MEXICO CITY opened its doors in 2024.
The gallery has successfully placed works in important private and public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Guggenheim Foundation. The artists represented by the gallery have been the subject of solo exhibitions in institutions worldwide, are regularly included in prestigious group exhibitions, such as Documenta and the biennials in Venice, Berlin, New York, and elsewhere, and have also been awarded many significant prizes, commissions, and public projects.