Recommended Reading: Johann König on Women in the Art World

Kasper und Johann König at the 032c X Gucci Party in Berlin ©Lukas Gansterer

Johann König’s interview in art magazine on women in the art world: Today’s recommended reading

Do women really have to be naked to find their way into a museum? That was art magazine’s question recently when they published an interview with Berlin gallerist Johann König, whose portfolio of artists demonstrates an equal gender balance. He represents, among others, Jorinde Voigt, Alicja Kwade, Katharina Grosse, Camille Henrot, Helen Marten, and Monica Bonvicini – just to name a few. Good answers to good questions: they’re wonderful to read and the advanced (but at the same time, of course long overdue) opinion they give is today’s recommended reading:

Do sales discussions regarding the work of a female artist go differently?

I remember a conversation a few years ago with a collector concerning a work by Annette Kelm. It was going, generally speaking, along the lines of value appreciation, but then also about the risk that her career could come to an abrupt end if she had children soon. In the end, the collector didn’t buy the piece, which I don’t regret. Unfortunately, many see little genius in mothers, but the biological difference of childbearing is now the only factor we can’t change. Female artists who are already mothers often and unfortunately have to fight more than artist fathers – but frequently they’re better organized and reflected for it. I know women who have developed more ambition through having a child. It’s not so seldom that their partners will compensate and support them in finding more time for their work. There are all kinds of ways. Maybe at this point I’ll go back to Annette Kelm briefly: She now has two children, will be celebrating a large exhibition in the Kestnergesellschaft next year, and is in the collections of the Guggenheim, MoMA, Centre Pompidou, and Tate! But aside from Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, however, so far the German museums have been sleeping.

You can find the whole interview here.


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Julia co-founded one of the first fashion blogs in Germany in 2007 and became a freelance consultant for digital strategies after publishing her first book in 2010. After an eventful four years with Condé Nast working mainly in the digital department of Vogue Germany, she decided to launch her own online magazine with her dream partner, Veronika Heilbrunner. She is based in Berlin and loves to read books.