News

Article in Tagesspiegel

In the Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel from May 11 an article by Nicolas Kuhn was published. It's about Nicolas Berggruen's relation as an investor regarding Venice and Berlin. Semjon Contemporary is explicitly mentioned. https://plus.tagesspiegel.de/potsdam/kultur/nicolas-berggruen-saniert-den-palazzo-diedo-der-gute-mensch-von-venedig-475707.html

Article in Berlin Mitte

Yesterday, the online magazine of Berlin Mitte published the article »David against Goliath« by Anna-Lena Wenzel. The author reports on the fight against the cancellation of the gallery space by Nicolas Berggruen Holdings and is at the same time a portrait of the gallery owner and artist Semjon. https://kultur-mitte.de/david-gegen-goliath/

closed until April 9

Due to illness, »KioskShop« will unfortunately be closed to the public until Saturday April 9. We will reopen on Tuesday April 12. We apologize for any inconvenience! The current group exhibition "RESET to START" at Semjon Contemporary runs through April 23.

new lease

A great miracle happened!
KioskShop berlin (KSb) and Semjon Contemporary can stay for another 5 years at Schröderstraße.

The press release from the law firm RAUE in coordination with Nicolas Berggruen Holdings and Semjon Contemporary/ RAUE can be viewed here .

 

Article in Art Newspaper

In the current February edition of Art Newspaper an article on the termination of the gallery space by the Nicolas Berggruen Holdings is published.

Break

Due to private reason »KioskShop Berlin (KSb)« and Semjon Contemporary will have a break from January 25 until February 15, 2022. »KioskShop« and the current exhibition »benthos borborygmi« by Michael Kutschbach can be seen from the window.

The Last day?

According to the termination of the lease by Nicolas Berggruen Holdings, which was delivered on September 30th, the move out of the gallery and with it the destruction of the »KioskShop« should have been physically completed today.

On the one hand I am not prepared to let Nicolas Berggruen Holdings jeopardize the existence of my gallery Semjon Contemporary, and on the other hand I will not let »KioskShop« be destroyed. Thus I have decided not to comply with the notice of termination.
The holdings must now obtain the eviction title against me at the court. In other words, the two parties will have to meet in court.
It didn't have to come to that. From November 2020 I asked for an appointment several times to negotiate a new lease. Unfortunately there was not even a response. I don't know why there should be a broken tenancy (cf. radio contribution from December 9.).

 

Articles and radio contribution

 

At this point some of the articles are linked that reported in the case of Nicolas Berggrün Holdings vs. Semjon Contemporary

https://plus.tagesspiegel.de/kultur/so-trotzt-der-kunstmarkt-der-pandemie-berlins-galerien-mussten-sich-neu-erfinden-jetzt-feiern-manche-rekordjahre-344341.html

https://www.semjoncontemporary.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Offener-Brief_Semjon-Contemporary.pdf

https://www.rbb-online.de/rbbkultur/radio/programm/schema/sendungen/der_morgen/archiv/20211209_0600/kultur_aktuell_0710.html

https://www.monopol-magazin.de/galerist-semjon-kaempft-gegen-mietkuendigung-durch-berggruen

https://checkpoint.tagesspiegel.de/langmeldung/75z1R67xJZ8LHFB4ob3Fz4

https://www.berliner-zeitung.de/kultur-vergnuegen/kunst/berggruen-juedische-maedchenschule-haus-am-waldsee-die-kunststadt-berlin-schafft-sich-durch-gleichgueltigkeit-ab-li.191115?pid=true

Open Letter by members of the German Parliament

To my delight, MdB Ms. Annika Klose immediately familiarized herself with the problem after my request for support, was here on site, and also brought along the town councilor Ephraim Gothe. It is thanks to her that the Open Letter was immediately signed by other illustrious politicians.
Many thanks to Ms. Klose, Ms. Kiziltepe, Mr. Kühnert and Mr. Müller!

4th Advent

»KioskShop« will be open on the 4th Advent from 1 pm to 4pm. In addition to the total work of art with its »Product Sculptures” and the »Product Paintings« in the MultipleShop, there is also a selection of 12-carat gold-plated porcelain vessels by Uli Aigner, whose works have been presented for the first time in spring by Semjon Contemporary in the »gold fever« exhibition.

Opening

On Friday, November 5th, 2021, »KioskShop« was presented to the public again after an eleven-year slumber. The occasion is the termination of the Semjon Contemporary gallery space by Berggruen Holdings after 21 years. In the left part of the gallery, the kiosk shop slumbered behind walls. Originally they were designed to last only 3 months for the installation – »Construction of Modern: The Berlin Collection Dr. Carl Theodor Gottlob Grouwet (1919)« . This turned into 11 years because the Semjon Contemporary gallery was founded in 2011.