10.09.2012

秉持冒險精神,走在市場的前端:專訪德國邁可.洋森畫廊(Galerie Michael Janssen)


德國籍、出生於荷蘭,邁可.洋森(Michael Janssen)於1995年僅靠著自己積蓄的7千元美金,在德國科隆白手打造他獨到的前衛藝術殿堂。他於2002年拓展版圖至洛杉磯和他人共創The Happy Lion畫廊、2007年擴增柏林新點,而今年9月則將觸角延伸至東南亞藝術市場的新亮點– 新加坡Gillman Barracks藝術村,身為該藝術村唯一進駐的德國畫廊、挾帶著豐富的國際經營與參展經驗,他秉持對藝術好奇、冒險的精神開拓新領土,本專訪將分享他對歐美藝市近20年的觀察與入駐亞洲的期許和規劃。

談歐洲藝市現況與未來
您在2007年擴增版圖,將畫廊設點於柏林的主因?

草創時期將畫廊設立在科隆(Cologne)的原因不外乎是當時的藝術市場狀態還算活絡、而場租費用也合理,雖然科隆有一定的藏家族群,但呈現停止狀態、也缺乏年輕新力注入,在基於畫廊與藝術家都需要國際舞台的需求下,在其他城市設點就成了必要的考量。與歐洲各大城相比,柏林擁有太多吸引人的條件:位居歐陸的中心,輕易進出歐洲各國的交通樞紐、豐富的藝術活動所建造的國際平台、生活機能舒適、較其他歐洲大城低廉的物價造就了龐大的藝術家聚落,因此,柏林自然就成了新聚點的首選。

                                                                             
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台北藝術論壇電子報2012VOL.20人物專訪>

Brave and Bold at the Cutting Edge of the Market: An Interview with Galerie Michael Janssen in Germany
In 1995, Dutch-born German art dealerMichael Janssenbuilt a unique gallery in Cologne, Germany from scratch with a mere seven thousand US Dollars he had saved. He widened his art radius in 2002 toLos Angeles, where he co-foundedThe Happy Lion gallery, and in 2007 tohis new venture in Berlin. This September, Galaerie Michael Janssen opened up inan up-and-rising art village in Southeast Asia—Singapore’s Gillman Barracks. As the only German gallery in the village, Galerie Michael Janssen will give Singapore a fillip with its wealth of global experience in business and exhibition. Michael Janssen himself will also explore the new territory with curiosity and the spirit of adventure. This interview will take a look into his 20 years’observations on the European and American art markets as well as his expectations and plans for the new location in Asia.

On European art market: present and future
What was the main reason for your expansion in Berlin in 2007?

I founded my first gallery in Cologne mainly because the local art gallery was active and the rent for the space was reasonable. Although we enjoyed our group of collectors in Cologne, the market in general got sluggish and was lacking new talents. The gallery and our line-up of artists needed the international exposure, so it became a must that we expand to a different city. Among major cities in Europe, Berlin was just so appealing. It is located in the center of the European continent, making itself a major transportation hub. The city also boasts a vibrant international art community and is extremely comfortable to live in. Comparing with other major European cities, the cost of living in Berlin is lower, which attracted a huge group of artists to settle in the city. Naturally, Berlin was my top choice for the new venture.

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