KÖNIG MONACO Showroom merges art with interior design
KÖNIG GALERIE has just opened its showroom in the historic city-state on the Côte d’Azur, exhibiting works by established as well as emerging contemporary artists at the architectural unique Villa Nuvola. In the spectacular premises of the showroom, the works enter into a dialogue with the interior design.
It’s that kind of visual experience that you just can’t take your eyes off: A colorful painting by Katharina Grosse, impactful sculptures by Erwin Wurm, or Alicja Kwade coalesce with the unique inside of Villa Nuvola. With KÖNIG MONACO Showroom, KÖNIG GALERIE is expanding its international presence, following its locations in Berlin, London, and Seoul. And just like the galleries in these cities, the showroom at the Cote D’Azur is remarkable inside out.
Villa Nuvola is a major feature of Monaco’s city landscape and with its naturally curved, and luminous facade, the building itself looks like an urban sculpture. “The aim of the KÖNIG MONACO SHOWROOM is to further distribute the program of the KÖNIG GALERIE. Villa Nuvola in Monaco is the next logical step in a series of extraordinary locations: the converted church in Berlin, the former parking garage in London and the MCM Haus in Seoul”, says founder Johann König.
In the premises of Villa Nuvola in the heart of Monaco, the works enter into a dialogue with the interior design. The exhibition features various artists of the gallery’s program of different artistic approaches, which are expressed in various media such as painting, sculpture, graphics, and photography. The works evolve around human behavior and social systems, for example in the works of Elmgreen & Dragset, Tatiana Trouvé, Monica Bonvicini, Annette Kelm, and Erwin Wurm. Sculptures by Alicja Kwade, Jeppe Hein, and Jose Dávila examine physical laws as well as our relationship to time and the space around us. The medium of painting is represented through the works of Katharina Grosse, Robert Janitz, Matthias Weischerand Johannes Wohnseifer, which are characterized by intense colorfulness as well as subtle restraint. An intensive ex-amination of material and form is a central motif in the artistic practice of Claudia Comte, Andreas Schmitten, Anselm Reyle and David Zink Yi. The graphic works by Jorinde Voigt and Rinus Van de Velde, which are as delicate as they are lively, exemplify the quality of paper as an artistic medium.
Johann König is one of our interviewees in the fourth edition of the Forward Print Magazine, which is to be released this September!