BERNHARD KNAUS FINE ART was founded in 2001 in Mannheim by Bernhard Knaus. In September 2007, they opened their new gallery space in Frankfurt am Main, located in the immediate vicinity of the Frankfurt Central Station. In their 310 square meter space, they show six exhibitions annually by international contemporary artists. Since February 2010.
The gallery program concentrates mainly on conceptual-oriented works by national and international artists working with a diversity of media such as painting, drawing, photography, video, and installation. The gallery also offers space to young artists for exceptional ideas and new conceptual approaches in all medias.
From the beginning, long-standing cooperations with and continued promotion of the represented artists were of particular concern to the gallery. They frequently publish books in their own publishing company, often in collaboration with colleagues, museums, or other non-profit institutions.
In 1996, Bernhard Knausstarted to publish editions by international artists during his studies of economics at the University of Mannheim. In 2001, he established his first gallery space in Mannheim. His personal interest concentrates on artists with a focus on classical conceptual art along with contemporary conceptual positions and the immanent discourse on the form and value of artistic work in all media.
Luigi Kurmannwas assistant of Jean-Christophe Ammann at Kunstmuseum Luzern and Kunsthalle Basel between 1974 and 1980. In 1978 he founded the "Raum für Aktuelle Schweizer Kunst" in Lucerne, directed by him until 1986. From 1988 to 2008 he was artistic director at Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich. From the start, Luigi Kurmann was interested in artistic positions that worked with the new media and that investigated their impact on aesthetic, social and economic regimes. He is the founder of the Video Festival VIPER, where he president he was until 2007. Luigi Kurmann was the President of the Swiss Gallery Association from 2000 until 2010.
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