Wohnmaschine was founded in Berlin-Mitte in 1988. The name ‘Wohnmaschine’ derives from Le Corbusier’s architectural theory. I first chose it to describe my personal exhibition concept when I started showing art in my private apartment in East Berlin.
After the fall of the Wall, the gallery focused on Berlin based artists. From 1995 to 1997, Wohnmaschine held annual exhibitions on thematical approaches to Painting (Bild-Malerei, 1995), Photography (Body and Deception, 1996) and sculpture based Installation (Room 98, 1997). Catalogues documenting each of these exhibitions were produced by the gallery.
In 1998, Wohnmaschine moved to its permanent space in Tucholskystrasse 35, Berlin-Mitte. Over the years the gallery developed a broad international program exhibiting Stefan Exler, Hagel, Anton Henning, Michael Kalmbach, Takehito Koganezawa, Mirjam Kuitenbrouwer, Martin Liebscher, Robert Lippok, Peter Rösel, Rigo Schmidt, Lorna Simpson, Alec Soth, Yoshihiro Suda, Gavin Tremlett, Dimitris Tzamouranis, Charlie White, Miwa Yanagi and Holly Zausner: artists who share a common interest in the investigation of narrative, fictional and figurative tendencies in contemporary art.
In 2005 Wohnmaschine opened a project space in Los Angeles, California, USA: Chung King Project. The project was a collaboration between Wohnmaschine, fa projects (London) and Kontainer Gallery (Los Angeles). Since Autumn 2007 the gallery is run independently by its former director Francois Ghebaly.
Wohnmaschine is one of the founders of Voltashow in Basel, Switzerland. It was first organized in June 2005 and is a collaboration between Voges+Partner (Frankfurt) and Kavi Gupta Gallery (Chicago). In March 2008 Voltashow New York will be held for the first time. VOLTAshow
- Friedrich Loock