An Art Nouveau villa furnished by Sebastian Herkner to celebrate art

The new Wentrup gallery headquarters in Hamburg eschews the logic of the white cube to rethink itself as a community and place of convergence between the arts to revalue encounters.

A new address for contemporary art in Hamburg, Wentrup am Feenteich is conceived by Tina and Jan Wentrup, founders of the Wentrup gallery in Berlin, as an opportunity to reject the anonymity of space and relationships in the field of art. “As we all adapt to a post-pandemic future, we wanted to create a new kind of meeting place for the art world, in which art and knowledge can be experienced differently”, the two recount.

A tangible element of the desire to redesign the identity coordinates of the gallery is the choice of the location, which fell on an Art Nouveau villa overlooking a lake. The space, on three floors, is furnished by the German designer Sebastian Herkner, seamlessly flanking pieces of art and contemporary furnishings, including some pieces from his portfolio - like the Ona chair and the Savignyplatz table - together with lamps by iGuzzini. The coexistence of furniture and works of art is not only a harbinger of new glimpses and visual short-circuits, but also allows one to experience the pieces of art from a different and more comfortable perspective, not necessarily bound by mere frontal observation.

Around the building, a sculpture garden allows an outdoor fruition of the works, in contact with the natural context. The first exhibition, inaugurated on August 22, presents new works by Nevin Aladag, David Renggli, Jan-Ole Schiemann, Sophie von Hellermann, Gregor Hildebrandt and Thomas Wachholz, together with works by Hicham Berrada, Thomas Grünfeld, John McAllister and Gerold Miller, while the garden hosts sculptures by Gerold Miller, Olaf Metzel and David Renggli.

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