The Bastian family are to establish a new gallery space in Berlin Dahlem, Taylorstraße. With construction already underway, the opening of the gallery space is scheduled for Autumn 2021.
The building will be located on the periphery of a park not far from Grunewald and, designed by renowned architect John Pawson, it will respect the proximity and context of the nature park by opting for the typology of a pavilion-like form.
John Pawson is considered one of the most important architects of our time. The international prestige of the British architect is built upon his uncompromising dedication to the principle of clarity. In the reduction of his designs, he strives for simplicity as perfection.
In 2019 Céline, Heiner and Aeneas Bastian donated their gallery building Am Kupfer-graben in Berlin Mitte to the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation to help establish a centre for cultural education next to Museum Island. An exhibition space was also opened in the heart of Mayfair in London in 2019; the gallery continues to expand and fortify its international presence. The new Berlin gallery will continue its exhibition programme of German and American post-war modernism from next autumn. The exhibitions will be accompanied by public lectures, readings, and concerts. The events will be open to the public and free of charge.
Aeneas Bastian comments,
The decision to open a new location in Berlin is a sign of confidence in a difficult time due to the consequences of the pandemic and a firm commitment to Berlin as an important place for art.
Established by Céline and Heiner Bastian in 1989, the gallery is directed by Aeneas Bastian since 2016. 20th Century artists, such as Pablo Picasso, Jean Dubuffet, as well as German and American post-war artists including Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer, Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol, form the core of the exhibition program.
The gallery publishes numerous exhibition catalogues, artist monographs and catalogues raisonnés. BASTIAN participates at international art fairs, such as MASTERPIECE London, Taipei Dangdai, Art Cologne and Art Düsseldorf. From 2007 until 2019 BASTIAN Berlin has shown exhibitions dedicated to modern and contemporary art. At the beginning of 2019, the Bastian family donated their building Am Kupfergraben to the State Museums of Berlin, who have established an art education center there, which was inaugurated on 1 September 2019. Located in Mayfair, the London gallery opened on 1 February 2019. Since its opening the gallery has presented solo exhibitions of Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Joseph Beuys, Dan Flavin and Hans Hofmann.