Johann König & Axel Vervoordt in conversation with Kirsty Bell
Art dealer, curator and designer Axel Vervoordt and gallerist Johann König in conversation with art critic Kirsty Bell. The panel will discuss how commercial galleries are moving beyond the white cube model with mixed-use developments in unconventional historic buildings.
The Axel Vervoordt Company spans art and antiques, interior design, real estate and contemporary art galleries in Antwerp and Hong Kong. Since 1998, the company has gradually moved to Kanaal, on the site of former 19th-century brewery and malt house close to Antwerp. The vast industrial complex is being renovated for mixed commercial and residential use and, from November 2017, will house part of the extensive collection of the Axel and May Vervoordt Foundation, as well as new spaces for Axel Vervoordt Gallery.
König Galerie was established by Johann König in 2002. In 2015, it moved to St Agnes, a former Catholic church and community centre in Kreuzberg, Berlin. The gallery complex accommodates a magazine, a publishing company, a university branch and a cafe. An iconic example of late 1960s German Brutalism, built by Werner Düttmann, the building was renovated by Arno Brandlhuber.
Kirsty Bell is a critic and writer living in Berlin, and author of The Artist’s House. From Workplace to Artwork, published by Sternberg Press in 2013. She is a contributing editor to frieze magazine and writes regularly for Art in America, art agenda, Mousse Magazine and Camera Austria, amongst other publications.