During our conversation in her Berlin gallery, we covered: The first art market in Cologne, Germany (Art in a market), Artsy, The intention of art, The buying of art is like dating, You want to meet a piece of art before buying it, like dating, The prestige of buying art, Money is a vampire, The importance of art fairs, Consistency in an artist’s career, the difficult idea of following trends, the desire to be a trendsetter rather than a trend follower, The fact that art expresses much the same thing throughout history, the difference is what technology is used to express the concept, Being humble, if there is there a need to buy more art, That the majority of the art market is based on investment rather than love for the artwork, Exclusivity sells artwork (exclusive clients, exclusive galleries and exclusive artists), Anti-establishment artists becoming the establishment, Something subtle is not seen in the contemporary art market, and the importance of the ‘story of’ the artwork.
Susanne Albrecht studied philosophy, art history, and Italian philology at the Freie Universität Berlin and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, where she graduated in 1984 with an MA. She opened her gallery in Munich in 1986, and in 2009 she moved it to Berlin, where she now lives and works. She started her gallery with a focus on the current American art of the 1980s, showing artists like Jonathan Borofsky, Donald Baechler, Joel Fisher, Glenn Goldberg, Peter Halley, Tishan Hsu, Allan McCollum, and Saint-Clair Cemin. In addition, the gallery held exhibitions with works by Dennis Oppenheim, Julian Opie, Martin Parr, TomWood, and Antanas Sutkus. In 2000, Susanne Albrecht started regularly showing artists from China and Japan, and since 2010, she has been exhibiting the painter Huang Yuan Qing.
The gallery’s focus is on the classic media of painting, photography, drawing and sculpture. In her work as a gallerist, Susanne Albrecht’s motto is, “Art always stays young”. Works of art from past epochs can today be as vibrant as more contemporary ones. With changing times, the forms may change, but not the content.
Susanne Albrecht is a member of the Federal Association of German Galleries (BVDG).