VW (VeneKlasen/Werner) is a space for contemporary art, film and performance under the direction of Gordon VeneKlasen and Michael Werner.
In 1963 Michael Werner opened his first gallery in Berlin with the premier exhibition of Georg Baselitz. Galerie Michael Werner was later established in Cologne in 1969. Since then, Galerie Michael Werner has worked with several of the most important artists of the twentieth century, including Marcel Broodthaers, James Lee Byars, Peter Doig, Jörg Immendorff, Per Kirkeby, Eugène Leroy, Markus Lüpertz, A.R. Penck, Sigmar Polke and Don Van Vliet.
Michael Werner Gallery opened in New York in 1990 under the direction of Gordon VeneKlasen. In addition to leading contemporary American and European artists, the gallery specializes in works by modern masters including Hans Arp, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Piero Manzoni, Francis Picabia and Kurt Schwitters, with a focus on painting, sculpture and drawing.
VW (VeneKlasen/Werner) opened in October 2009 with an exhibition of Aaron Curry and Thomas Houseago. With a varied program of film screenings, performances and exhibitions, VW aims to expand the role and reach of the traditional gallery.