Berlin’s Wentrup Gallery opens satellite in Hamburg mansion
The owners of the avant-garde Berlin gallery Wentrup have opened a new lakeside space in a Hamburg mansion. Wentrup Am Feenteich is Tina and Jan Wentrup’s attempt to put their collection in context and to break the conventional “white cube” mold.
To that end, they hired German interior designer Sebastian Herkner to outfit the three-story Art Nouveau mansion with specially designed furniture – like Ini and Alwa side tables and Ona lounge chairs – to complete the work. . He has laid out the ground floor like a traditional house, with a dining room, living room and fireplace, each space having a unique character.
“The idea of the Wentrup was to establish a lounge for interesting dialogues, a place of connection,” Herkner explains. “My idea was to show a selection of designs handcrafted in large workshops across Europe, as enduring works of art – the glass on the Pina tables comes from Venice, the Savignyplatz wooden table from a small workshop in Bavaria and the Miles sofa by Wittmann in Austria. ‘
Soft-colored walls and jewelry-toned furniture not only provide a pleasant backdrop for work – they interact with it. Herkner took inspiration from a watercolor by Sophie von Hellermann to create a hand-knotted rug, then chose Kvadrat’s upholstery fabrics from the same palette.
Von Hellermann is one of six artists featured in the inaugural exhibition. The others are Nevin Aladag, David Renggli, Jan-Ole Schiemann, Gregor Hildebrandt and Thomas Wachholz. The Wentrups handpicked new sculptural works by Hildebrandt and Aladag for the sculpture garden.
This first show will remain in situ until November 2021, kicking off a rotating program organized by the couple, which will invite other creative disciplines to give lectures and exchange ideas. visits are by appointment only.