On the homepage of KioskShop berlin (KSb) you can enter your name and city name on the petitons list if you are against the cancellation of the gallery space by Berggruen Holdings. But you are also welcome to write a comment, as almost 40 friends of the gallery have now formulated, mainly from Berlin, but also from all over the world. The more signatures and comments are published here, the greater the pressure on Mr. Nicolas Berggruen himself and on Berggruen Holdings, which is known for uncompromisingly pursued its investment and speculation policy here in Berlin. The numerous cleared empty studio buildings, Bar Babette and Café Moscow are eloquent testimony to how the holding’s own interests are expressed beyond social and cultural sense of responsibility. The self-description on their own homepage seems grotesque when measured against reality: “Our goal is to build a diverse real estate portfolio, with buildings full of character, as a long-term investment. Real estate is more than just an investment for us. We are also interested in architecture, aesthetics and art like the ‘cash flow’. “
Edition X x X
The anniversary edition X x X in an exclusive, particularly small edition of 10 (+3) is still available up to number 6/10 for an attractive EUR 5,500.00. Three sets have been sold so far. There are already interested parties for numbers 4 and 5. The edition includes works by 29 artists who are either gallery artists or with whom the gallery works more closely. From number 7/10 onwards, prices will increase.
The edition brings together works by Colin Ardley, Edward L. Buchanan, Takayuki Daikoku, Ute Essig, Experimental Setup (Kata Hinterlechner and Bosko Gastager), Renate Hampke, Nataly Hocke, N. N., Susanne Knaack, Harald Kohlmetz, Dittmar Danner aka Krüger, Michael Kutschbach, Henrik Urs Müller, Susanne Pomrehn, Thomas Prochnow, Dirk Rathke, Ursula Sax, Gerda Schütte, Semjon H. N. Semjon, Gil Shachar, Li Silberberg, Klaus Steinmann, Stefan Thiel, Marc von der Hocht, Hitomi Uchikura, Royden Watson and Bettina White.
Termination of Lease of the Gallery Space
After 21 years and 10 years respectively, Berggruen Holdings has terminated the lease for the gallery space by the end of the year. Apart from the fact that this short notice termination poses almost unsolvable problems for the gallery, it is very surprising that it is accepted with approval that KioskShop berlin (KSb) – Semjon H. N. Semjon’s total work of art hidden behind the walls of the street salon since 2010 will be inevitably destroyed when moving out. Semjon developed the KioskShop with its waxy product sculptures from 2000 to 2010 and it has been an internationally valued part of the Berlin art scene. The protective walls will soon be dismantled so that it can be resurrected once again for a short time. It goes without saying that the great art collector and philanthropist Nicolas Berggruen, who owns the house, allows this to happen.
Semjon Contemporary’s 10th anniversary
Semjon Contemporary’s 10th anniversary is a fitting occasion for it to publish a special edition featuring the works of all gallery and guest artists. It is an opportunity to bring together in a single small space all the artists with whom the gallery and I, as its owner, have worked closely. A framed version will be shown of the very small edition of 10 (+3) with 30 motifs. The editions are sold in an edition box.