Kienzle Art Foundation

Venue  |  Exhibitions
Kienzle Art Foundation
Bleibtreustraße 54
Berlin 10623
Venue Type: Gallery

Open hours
Thursday and Friday 2–7pm, Saturday 11am–4pm
+49 (0)30 896 276 05
+49 (0)30 896 425 91
Gallery type

Founded in 2010 at the initiative of Berlin-based collector and gallerist Jochen Kienzle, the Kienzle Art Foundation (KAF) is dedicated to disseminating art through exhibitions, publications, and lectures. The core of KAF is Jochen Kienzle’s art collection encompassing works from the 1960s to contemporary conceptual tendencies. Both the exhibitions of the Kienzle Art Foundation and Jochen Kienzle’s collection take abstract art and the Informel as their points of departure and reach all the way to the present day. Artists who initiated these styles include Emil Schumacher and Ernst Wilhelm Nay. In this context, on the one hand, the work of Franz-Erhard Walther is pivotal: He takes the viewer from informal painting via material issues to a new work concept. On the other hand, the works of Jonathan Lasker warrant close scrutiny. His ‘marks’ introduce new perspectives into contemporary painting: He utilizes the material both as paint and in the sense of abstract sign. Other artists represented in the foundation with different work groups include Jack Goldstein, Josef Kramhöller, David Lamelas, Klaus Merkel, Anna Oppermann, and Emilio Prini. KAF aims to investigate marginalized and quasi-forgotten artists as well as less well-known positions from the 1960s to the present and to make their impulses clear to emerging artists.“Through the works in my collection, I attempt to communicate the complex ‘dialogue’ of these artists to the audience. In addition, I want to question the mainstream and tie in with the radical art-discourse prevalent in the 1970s,” states KAF-founder Jochen Kienzle, justifying his idiosyncratic and provocative program. The committed collector supports artistic positions that intend to polarize. “What is crucial regarding the quality of art is not its monetary value but the impulse it gives to advance critical art discourse. In addition I am convinced that art and education are inseparable. I see a fundamental mission for education here.”