berlin: könig galerie opening

© könig galerie / photography: ludger paffrath

from church to art gallery, that remarkable yet somehow very fitting transition has happened for st. agnes in the german capital's kreuzberg neighbourhood. part of an entire complex with a sacristy, rectory, community center and a landmark bell tower, all built in proper brutalist style in the 1960s by architect werner düttmann, it has been given a new lease on life after the archdiocese of berlin had abandoned it. the most prominent space obviously is the church, a lofty space of approximately 800 sqm. [8,611 sq.ft.], and it's here where könig galerie, one of the city's most prominent contemporary art venues, has established a new satellite exhibition space.

after a thorough redevelopment scheme by architect arno brandlhuber that took almost three years to complete, the venue has recently opened its doors. the result can easily be seen as an ode to concrete – yes, there's lots of it – and the seemingly modest alterations beautifully complement the architecture while retaining the way how daylight filters inside. the gallery's inaugural show, entitled the smoking kid, presents german artist katharina grosse and presents a number of large colour-infused canvases. the former rectory now features living spaces while the former community center is now home to offices of creative companies and a café. location: st. agnes, alexandrinenstrasse 118-121 [kreuzberg].

© könig galerie / photography: roman marz