Galerie Karsten Greve
5 rue Debelleyme 75003 Paris France
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Galerie Karsten Greve

Galerie Karsten Greve is located in Cologne, Paris and St. Moritz.

Karsten Greve, born in 1946, studied law and art history in Cologne, Lausanne, and Geneva. He started his career as an art dealer and publisher in 1969. Since 1970, together with Rolf Möllenhof, he operated the Möllenhof/Greve gallery. He opened the first of his own galleries at the beginning of 1973 with a debut showing of a solo exhibition by Yves Klein in the gallery building at Lindenstraße, Cologne.

Installation view Qui Shihua

Installation view Qui Shihua “Calme” 2015 (© Antonio Maniscalco, courtesy Galerie Karsten Greve Köln, Paris, St Moritz)

His intimate face-to-face contact with foremost artists, such as Cy Twombly, Jannis Kounellis, John Chamberlain, Louise Bourgeois, and others, provided the basis for his program’s quality, which is defined by international avant-garde art after 1945. Apart from Twombly, Kounellis, Chamberlain, and Bourgeois, this includes artists like Joseph Cornell, Jean Dubuffet, Willem de Kooning, Pablo Picasso, Louis Soutter, and WOLS.

During his 40 successful years as an international art dealer, Karsten Greve significantly contributed to the worldwide recognition of artists like Louise Bourgeois, John Chamberlain, Lucio Fontana, Gotthard Graubner, Jannis Kounellis, Piero Manzoni, and Cy Twombly. In addition, the gallery also represents young artists like Norbert Prangenberg, Paco Knöller, Peter Schmersal, Leiko Ikemura, Loic Le Groumellec, and Carole Seborovski, as well as the photographers Sally Mann, Adam Fuss, and Lynn Davis.

The gallery’s program is characterized through the high diversity of artistic genres represented. Painting, drawing, graphic arts, sculpture, and installation, as well as photography, are all bound to classic benchmarks. Bibliophile catalogue editions accompany the shows, corresponding to the artist’s and exhibition’s high quality.

Galerie Karsten Greve Cologne is now located in the center of the city, in a building classified as an architectural monument from the 1950s, close to the Museum für Angewandte Kunst—MAK and the Cologne Cathedral. Karsten Greve opened his other European galleries in Paris (in 1989) and in St. Moritz (in 1999).

  • Installation view Qui Shihua "Calme" 2015 (© Antonio Maniscalco, courtesy Galerie Karsten Greve Köln, Paris, St Moritz)

    Qui Shihua "Calme" 2015