In 1963, Michael Werner opened his first gallery in Berlin with the premiere exhibition of Georg Baselitz. Galerie Michael Werner was later established in Cologne in 1969. For over forty years Galerie Michael Werner has represented a core group of important European artists, including Baselitz, Marcel Broodthaers, Jörg Immendorff, Per Kirkeby, Markus Lüpertz, A.R. Penck and Sigmar Polke, among others, as well as the American artists James Lee Byars and Don Van Vliet. In addition, the gallery presents important works by modern masters Hans Arp, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Piero Manzoni, Francis Picabia and Kurt Schwitters.