A new life for »KioskShop berlin (KSb)«?

With the 1st intervention exhibition "Intervention XXX-01: Petra Toedter @ KioskShop berlin (KSb)" the tradition of interventions is inscribed in the new chapter of life of the KSb. Opening: Friday, August 26 from 13 - 19.30 (parallel: opening of "Drift", the solo exhibition of Marc von der Hocht at Semjon Contemporary.

The big difference from the years 2003-2011: the KioskShop is now, as it were, through the more recent history (see below), part of the gallery Semjon Contemporary.
Both spatially related store units have to do with Semjon H. N. Semjon. The KioskShop as a site-specific artwork by the artist Semjon and Semjon Contemporary as the exhibition and communication space of the gallery owner Semjon.


»KioskShop berlin (KSb)« by Semjon H. N. Semjon

From December 2000 to spring 2010, the Berlin-based artist Semjon H.N. Semjon has uniquely linked retail with the art world with his unique long-term artistic project »KioskShop berlin (KSb)«. Since its official opening in October 2001, around 7,000 visitors have visited »KioskShop« at Schröderstrasse 1 in Berlin-Mitte.

After eleven years of slumber behind prebuilt walls, he was brought back to reality for a short period of time because the lease was terminated by Nicolas Berggruen Holdings for December 31, 2021. It looked as if the »KioskShop« would only have a short life at its original location.

However, with the signing of the new lease on March 1, 2022, the stage is set for him to stay for another 5 years. But then he has to get out, according to the contract.

Semjon has decided not to let the »KioskShop« disappear behind the walls anymore. KSb will now have to fend for itself in the next few years.

But as life will show: Nothing is certain or fixed forever. Panta rhei. So too contracts.

Semjon H. N. Semjon
October 2021, March and August 2022