Robert Grunenberg is an emerging contemporary art gallery founded in April 2018 in Berlin-Charlottenburg.
The majority of artists represented and exhibited at Galerie Robert Grunenberg were born between 1989 and the early 1990s. Most of them belong to the first generation that grew up with the culture of the Internet and digitalisation. Filip Henin, Stefan Knauf, Brandon Lipchik, Anna Virnich, Sonja Yakovleva and Jan Zöller.
Since 2022 Robert Grunenberg is representing Rainer Fetting, an established German painter born in 1949.
Even if their artistic strategies seem different, there are fundamental connections. All of them work predominantly figuratively, with “classical” materials and media (painting, drawing, paper cut, sculpture). There are many close references to craft, folk art, decorative arts, techniques and media that often have feminine, domestic, or autodidactic connotations. Traditional or marginalised practices and materials are employed to expand them discursively and formally, often in a queer or feminist context.
The gallery program focuses in different ways on the complex relationship between civilisation and nature in the Anthropocene, gender, mythology and identity, and the examination of the legacy of colonialism and modernity. The artists approach their topics primarily through the physical, analogue handling of certain materials or techniques through gesture, effect, haptics, intuition, and subjectivity. This attitude of “hands-on” is not in opposition to the conceptual and analytical, is not a counter-reaction to the virtual and digital, and does not denote a “return” to the authentic.
Rather it represents an attempt to develop an undogmatic, more open, inclusive, and contemporary practice.