Semjon Contemporary –
Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst
Proprietor: Semjon Semjon
Schröderstr. 1; 10115 Berlin
Tel. +49 -30-784 12 91
Tue – Sat: 1 – 7 pm
The gallery Semjon Contemporary s|c, founded by Semjon H. N. Semjon in 2011 in Berlin, represents German and international artists from different genres, as i.e. painting, sculpture, installation, drawing, photography, video and performance. The gallery’s contemporary program is presented in two separate exhibition spaces: the main showroom as well as the so-called Straßen-Salon for solo exhibitions. They are supplemented by the other Salon cabinets for simultaneous display of works by various artists, the gallery’s resident artists as well as guest artists. Thus artworks by all gallery artists are always to discover.
Besides the main focus of representing the gallery’s artists, Semjon Contemporary is also engaged in projects as i.e. the current exhibition collAGE (2020) and the drawing exhibition series from 2014 Lieber Künstler, zeichne mir!/Dear artist, draw for me!, which addressed the issue of abstraction and figuration with artworks by more than 120 artists (including the majority of the gallery artists), acompanied by two substantial catalogs.
Another important project realized by Semjon Contemporary was a substantial retrospective exhibition in 2015 in all gallery rooms presenting works by Ursula Sax. Also the 2017 retrospective exhibition Fotografie! by Gerda Schütte and in 2018 the exhibition It’s not dark yet by Dittmar Danner aka Krüger. Both retrospective exhibitions (Sax & Schütte) were supplemented by a differentiated catalog and a comprehensive photo book (the latter published by Kehrer Verlag).
Furthermore, the gallerist is also interested in expanding the radius of the gallery’s activities and organizing events at other locations, i.e. curating solo or group exhibitions with the gallery’s artists or guest artists. The ressurection of 2019 Geometrisches Ballett (Hommage à Oskar Schlemmer) by Ursula Sax and the 2015 LandArt Schlosspark Wagenitz by Takayuki Daikoku are/were such major projects.
In order to promote the artists’ visibility on the art market, Semjon Contemporary has kept appearing since its existence on local and international art fairs like at Positions Berlin, paper positions (Berlin, Munich), Fotofever Paris, Art Bodensee , Solo Project (Basel), Art Rotterdam, Volta NY 2017, as well as at Preview Berlin.
Occasionally, the gallery welcomes the opportunity to undertake an excursion into yet another genre, as with the past Raku exhibition by Cornelia Nagel in November/December 2016, which concentrated on the ceramics by the raku master.
Semjon H. N. Semjon, born in 1962, has studied Art History and Classical Archeology as well as Fine Arts with Georg Baselitz. Since 2011 his artistic practice has gradually turned into a long-term artistic sabbatical, which is still continuing.