Sprüth Magers has expanded from its roots in the Rhineland to become an international gallery dedicated to exhibiting the very best in groundbreaking contemporary and modern art. With a gallery in Berlin Mitte, one in London’s Mayfair and a new space about to open in
Los Angeles, as well as an office in Cologne, Sprüth Magers retains close ties to the studios and communities of the German and American artists who form the core of its roster.Sprüth Magers emerged amid the extraordinary outburst of contemporary art that took place in Cologne in the early 1980s. The first gallery opened in 1983 as Monika Sprüth Gallery with an exhibition of paintings by Andreas Schulze, followed soon after by Rosemarie Trockel and Fischli & Weiss. Over the next few years, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, Louise Lawler and George Condo all showed at the gallery and have continued to do so for the last 30 years. In 1991, a second gallery opened in Cologne under the name of Philomene Magers with exhibitions of Ad Reinhardt Black Paintings, Robert Morris felt pieces and John Baldessari photographs and text paintings from the 1960s. The two galleries merged into a single entity in 1998. In 2001, the Munich space opened with Ed Ruscha’s Gunpowder and Stains.Sprüth Magers Lee opened its London space in 2003 with an overview of work by Donald Judd. In 2007 Sprüth Magers moved to
Grafton Street and re-opened with a show of new work by Andreas Gursky. And in 2008, in a former dancehall not far from the
world-renowned Museum Island, the gallery inaugurated its flagship space in Berlin Mitte, opening with Thomas Scheibitz and George Condo exhibitions. The latest chapter in the gallery’s history will come to fruition in February 2016, with a 14,000 sq ft gallery in an archetypal
west-coast modernist building on Los Angeles’s Wilshire Boulevard.
Known for its rigorously curatorial approach to its program and for a deep and enduring devotion to gallery artists, the gallery has, over the past three decades, fostered close and collaborative relationships with museums and curators worldwide, while continuing its tradition of commissioning new scholarship and creating innovative books and a range of other publications.
Sprüth Magers now works with over 60 artists and estates. While continuing to work with mid-career artists such as Thomas Demand and Sterling Ruby, the gallery regularly revives its program with up-and-coming younger artists such as Alexandre Singh, David Ostrowski, Cyprien Gaillard, Michail Pirgelis, Analia Saban and Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch while also rounding off its program with enormously important and influential senior artists such as Bernd & Hilla Becher, Reinhard Mucha and Frank Stella, not to mention working with the estates of Keith Arnatt, Richard Artschwager, Hanne Darboven and Craig Kauffman.