© Roman Mnrz
Time Out says
Posted: Fri Dec 6 2013
König (half-brother of New York gallerist Leo and son of museum-man Kaspar) is one of Berlin’s bona fide iconoclasts. Upon opening his gallery at the age of 21, in 2002, he promptly eschewed convention by inviting his friend, artist Jeppe Hein to install a wrecking ball, which swung about perilously, knocking chunks out of the gallery walls whenever anyone entered the room. Amazingly, eleven years later, not only is König very much still in business, and is regarded as one of the leading lights in a gallery scene that’s certainly not short of willful, eccentric and obstinate characters.
Today Konig’s main premisis at Dessauer Strasse has been augmented by his acquisition of a space at St Agnes Church, a must-see brutalist former church, if you can imagine such a thing. Across his venues, König continues to showcase regular shows which challenge, perplex and more often than not, reward the curious viewer with their eclectic positions and recherché choices of media. Alongside old König stalwarts such as as Jeppe Hein and Tatiana Trouvé, recent highlights included a lone, swinging lightbulb illuminating the vast interiors of the St Agnes space, by Berliner Alicia Kwade (‘Nach Osten’) as well as a welcome return for local girl Katharina Grosse.
Other location: St Agnes, Alexandrinenstrasse 181-121.