Galerie Christian Nagel was founded in 1990, in Cologne. Since then, the gallery has represented and attended artists whose works show developed social and political positions, compellingly expressed with a distinctive aesthetic language. The media used by each of the respective gallery artists – painting, sculpture, photography, video or installation – are as individual and diverse as the artists themselves.
Our opening exhibition in Cologne was also Cosima von Bonin’s first solo show. After that we welcomed Michael Krebber, Joseph Zehrer, Christian Philipp Müller, Andrea Fraser, Hans-Jörg Mayer, Heimo Zobernig, Mark Dion, Renée Green, Clegg & Guttmann, Peter Fend, Stephan Dillemuth, Nils Norman, Kai Althoff, Josephine Pryde, Merlin Carpenter, Catherine Sullivan, Tom Burr and John Miller. Together with Martha Rosler and Stephan Willats, Galerie Christian Nagel represents groundbreaking conceptual art positions with strategies reaching back to the 1960s.
A younger generation, including Stephanie Taylor, Kalin Lindena, Stefan Müller, Andreas Diefenbach, Cornelius Quabeck, Jan Timme, Nairy Baghramian, Lutz Braun, Sven Johne, Sterling Ruby, Rachel Harrison and Michael Beutler, came after the 2002 opening of the new space on Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin. Diego Fernandez, Chile/New York, Gang Zhao, Peking/New York and Kader Attia, Paris/Algeria are all artists of bilateral heritage who reflect on canonized Western positions from a trans-cultural perspective.
The 2000s have brought what appears to be a widespread, growing inclination towards art as a market commodity. As in the beginning, we prefer to support artistic positions that invigorate and visualize the critical potential inherent in tensions between politics and aesthetics, content and form, work and context.
Plans for the 2007/2008 season include debut solo exhibitions by artists Hanna Schwarz, Julia Horstmann, Berlin and Lone Haugaard Madsen, Vienna.
Galerie Christian Nagel handles the Ingeborg Gabriel and Jörg Schlick estates.