Johann König opens his first permanent space in London and introduces the biannual magazine KÖNIG. On the new endeavours of the art world’s enfant terrible.
Johann König does things a bit differently. He opted for a brutalist church in Berlin and now follows up with a basement in Marylebone that used to be a car park. The new space is obviously more low key than St. Agnes but will also be used in a different way than a standard commercial gallery. KÖNIG London is set out to expand the traditional gallery model by functioning as a platform for performance and special projects. It will also be used as a showroom presenting objects and wearables by KÖNIG SOUVENIR–the newly created label that was introduced earlier this year during the Venice Biennale.
Nevertheless during Frieze Art Fair, which ended on Sunday, Johann König showed off the gallery’s impressive artist roster in the London space displaying works of David Zink Yi, Camille Henrot, Alicja Kwade, Tatiana Trouvé and Jorinde Voigt among others. Following the fair, KÖNIG London will host a series of solo presentations by artists such as Austrian Kiki Kogelnik and Swiss Claudia Comte.
Apart from the new space, there’s another addition to the König cosmos: the gallery launches the first issue of it‘s new biannual magazine KÖNIG. ‘The German Surplus’ features an extensive photo spread of the studio spaces of six contemporary German painters and each one of them contributed a cover to the magazine. But not only that it is visually pleasing, articles by acclaimed authors like Jina Khayyer, Silke Hohmann and Niklas Maak make a very good read.
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