When Konrad Fischer opened a tiny exhibition space in a disused alley in the centre of Düsseldorf with a first exhibition by Carl Andre in October 1967, Minimal or Conceptual Art were hardly known in Europe. Many artists of that period such as Richard Long, Bruce Nauman, Sol LeWitt, On Kawara, Lawrence Weiner, Hanne Darboven, Robert Ryman, for example, had their first solo exhibitions in Europe at “Ausstellungen bei Konrad Fischer“, and have continued to exhibit at the gallery regularly up to the present day.
Fischer’s prime objective was to invite the artists to Düsseldorf rather than to just have their works presented there. This – at the time unknown approach – enabled the creation of an international network of artists and has provided the ground for the development of site-specific sculptures, painting and installations. Daniel Buren introduced his interventions into gallery space, Gilbert & George found a platform to perform as “Singing Sculpture”, Wolfgang Laib installed sculptures from beeswax and pollen. New conceptual approaches in painting that can be found in the work of Robert Mangold and Alan Charlton have been on show. In conceptual photography Bernd and Hilla Becher and Jan Dibbets revived the scene. And the Arte Povera artists like Giuseppe Penone, Giovanni Anselmo, Mario Merz and Jannis Kounellis introduced a new interplay between art and nature.
During the 1980s, the gallery’s programming was widened to include the work of artists who tried out new ways in contemporary art – Thomas Schütte, Harald Klingelhöller, Helmut Dorner, Tony Cragg. In painting new positions like those of Helmut Dorner and Jerry Zeniuk join the gallery. Besides continuing the gallery’s close collaboration with artists of long standing, Konrad Fischer Gallery also exhibits artists on a regular basis, such as Gregor Schneider, Manfred Pernice, Jim Lambie, Paloma Varga Weisz, Magnus Plessen, Matthew Buckingham, Guy Ben-Ner and Wolfgang Plöger.
In Fall 2007 we opened a second gallery space in Berlin. Along with younger artists from the international contemporary art scene Konrad Fischer Galerie Berlin presents a program referring to forty years of gallery history.