The Barbara Gross Gallery was founded in the year 1988. From the beginning on, the gallery dedicated itself to the presentation of outstanding female artists, who have not been in the public focus at that time and were highly underrepresented in the art market and museum collections. Until today the gallery is an important platform for female artists in Europe. We have made significant contributions to establishing art by women artists in the public consciousness. Artists like Ida Applebroog, Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, Ana Mendieta, Maria Lassnig, Jana Sterbak, Kiki Smith and Nancy Spero were shown at the gallery partly for the first time in Germany and still constitute a fundamental part of the gallery programm.
Among these now well established artists, the gallery concentrated in the continuance on striking political, socially critical, and conceptual work and represents a new generation of artists who have expanded these types of artistic concepts with contemporary techniques and content, such as Katharina Grosse, Karin Sander, Ayse Erkmen, Bethan Huws and Yorgos Sapountzis. At an early stage, the gallery work expanded on new media art and photography as by VALIE EXPORT, James Welling and Boris Mikhailov. This part of the program has continually expanded to feature artists such as Beate Gütschow, Julian Rosefeldt, Sabine Hornig and Carlos Garaicoa.
With the extension of the contemporary art world beyond the limited Western constraints, the Barbara Gross Gallery is well known for promoting outstanding positions of young conceptual Chinese art, as by Zheng Guogu, Chen Shaoxiong, Qiu Anxiong and Ji Dachun. It is especially important to us that we not only up to date independent positions and show varying styles, but that the gallery is committed to represent artists over a long period of time.