News about my art gallery
Progress? What progress?
So many people are asking me about my art gallery. I always feel a little guilty and even sad when I cannot tell them an opening date yet. I just haven’t been able to put as much time in as I wanted to and therefore, the project isn’t where I wanted it to be at by now.
I attended a lot of professional meetings lately for my supervisory board memberships – and this had priority. Which is of course the right thing to do.
But I do wonder: Could I not have done more for the art gallery?
At least I’ve now put some pictures and sculptures in, so that it looks more like an art gallery and less like an empty space.
The pictures you can see are my own (photography) matching the beautiful autumn days we are having. And the sculptures? They’re a mix, some masks from Africa, a seagull because they just belong to Kiel, and one two-sided face like Jekyll and Hyde, which is from my father.
In the last couple of months, I have met a lot of people who are now helping me building a network. So I am confident that, with a little effort, I can soon report more – and even announce the opening day for the gallery.
I’m often asked how my art gallery is progressing. The process is rather slow, but I’m happy to show you the first results!
First, I had to learn how to register a business – and I succeeded! It may sound strange that this was a challenge for me, but when you’re a CFO, you never deal with such basic things. The last time I had to do something similar was in Lagos and there, bureaucracy works very differently than in Germany. However, registering a business turned out to be easier than I expected, probably because you can do it online in Kiel.
My next challenge awaited me in the basement of my art gallery and, as the photograph shows, it was a real monster: the ventilation system! Today, I had a training on how it works, though I’m not sure whether I’ll remember all the steps when I need them.
The interior of my gallery is slowly taking shape and the floor is nearly ready.
Outside, the artist Joachim Röderer has installed a sculpture of a fish. It took two men to unload the fish from the trailer. I think it fits: It’s the same material as the house and it looks a little bit like the “Kiel fish”, a local symbol which is cult here. I’ve received lots of encouraging comments from the neighbours and some think the fish should even be more prominent.
I also had many talks with experts about the general concept, that is, about artists, exhibitions, an advisory board – but that’s still a work in progress. More details will follow after the summer vacation! The official opening will be in November or perhaps even in October – I’ll keep you posted!
Yesterday, 26 June 2018 I had the handover of the facilities for my art gallery with the owner. Now we start to work on the wooden floor. And I got the approval for a sculpture in front of the house from the owners committee. Thanks to all my neighbours! Here you see the picture of the sculpture which hopefully will be set up next week. I will keep you updated.
I am not yet much further with possible artists and exhibitions, you have to bear with me here and stay patient. I will certainly keep you posted!
Art has always been a passion of mine, but never my profession. Now I have the opportunity to test my skills in this area with an exciting new project: I plan to open a gallery, my very own space for art.
The space itself is still a construction site, and the concept for the gallery isn’t fully developed yet. At the moment, I’m talking to the electricians and carpenters about flooring, lighting and basics like washrooms. And of course, I need to immerse myself in administration aspects like registration, taxation and regulations.
My gallery will be close to the oldest house in Kiel, next to the former city wall – quite a historical location. As it’s a small space, it’s important for me to choose how and what I want to present very carefully. And what’s the perfect name?
But – as you can see – the first artist was already there. Maybe this will offer inspiration! I’ll keep you posted on my progress.