press release

It is a great pleasure for Galleri Nicolai Wallner to present our 15year anniversary exhibition with new works by the artists of the gallery.

Galleri Nicolai Wallner opened in the fall of 1993 with a selection of artists that includes the majority of our program today. As such, the inauguration of the gallery not only captured the spirit of that particular time but also sets the pace and agenda for what we do today.

The gallery works with a diverse group of artists all working in different media. Accordingly, the artists are defined as a group not as much by a shared aesthetic but more by a common wish to express a content, tell a story and set a mark in an otherwise fluctuating world. Even though the gallery has primarily been built on the ideals of what it means to represent a specific generation of artists over a very long period of time, we have also in several instances shown works by older, more established artists. This has been done not only to contextualise our program but also to introduce the Danish art scene to some of the most seminal artists of latter half of the 20th century.

We see the responsibility of the gallery as wide reaching; a personal collaboration with each artist, helping with production and acting as their connection to international galleries and museums, also managing both a written and a visual archive for each artist, and not at least acting as an open public space that presents the highest level of contemporary art to the general public. During the years we have also published prints and catalogues with several of our artists.

Much like our artists, Galleri Nicolai Wallner has experienced an extraordinary development. In 1999, the gallery moved from its city location to Islandsbrygge, a then rundown area of Copenhagen that has now become centre of contemporary art in Scandinavia. The move meant a vast increase in our gallery space and now allows us to mount two independent, full-scale exhibitions simultaneously.

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15 year Anniversary Exhibition

Künstler: Daniel Buren, Mari Eastman, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Dan Graham, Jens Haaning, Jeppe Hein, Henrik Plenge Jakobsen, Chris Johanson, Joachim Koester, Jakob Kolding, Peter Land, Barry McGee, Jonathan Monk, Yoshitomo Nara, Clare E. Rojas, Christoph Ruckhäberle, Christian Schmidt-Rasmussen, David Shrigley, Glenn Sorensen, Richard Tuttle, Gitte Villesen