Come Sept. 9, Nolan Judin Gallery will move from the Berlin art district of Heidenstrasse, to a new space in Postdamer Strasse, beside Blain|Southern Gallery. The gallery will occupy building that formerly hosted the offices of the newspaper Der Tagesspiegel.
The inaugural show, “Dichter und Drogen” (“Poets and Drugs”), which runs through Oct. 22, will feature new large-scale paintings by Dexter Dalwood, the English artist shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2010. It will be his first exhibition in Germany. The colorful works created for the exhibition depict the irrational world of daydreams and fantasies and explore the connections between the effects of drugs and creativity.
Gallery co-founder Juerg Judin told A.i.A, “There is almost no limit to the scale of works we can exhibit in our new space, but this will not change the focus of our program. which is painting, sculpture and, of course, drawing.” The gallery will soon host comprehensive exhibitions of established artists like Eugen Schönebeck and Jim Nutt. “And we still have the capacity of taking on young, emerging artists,” says Judin.
Co-founder David Nolan says of the new building, “The location and quality of the Potsdamer Strasse space proved irresistible. It has perfect museum-quality proportions with a height of over 8 meters.” With skylights that run through the gallry, the space “has the advantage of natural top light throughout and this gives us a competitive edge with the artists we work with,” he adds.
The new space is close to the Tankstelle, a converted Shell gas station from the ’50s,that is Judin’s private home and often serves as venue for the gallery’s dinner parties.
Nolan Judin Gallery first opened in Heidenstrasse in 2008. Since then it has organized 16 exhibitions ranging from works by leading 20th-century artists like George Grosz and Martin Kippenberger, to younger generation artists such as the painters Oliver Clegg and Adrian Ghenie. The gallery represents the estate of German artist George Grosz.