PIERRE ANDRÉ PODBIELSKY
When: Saturday 25th november 2017, 9 am – 1 pm
Where: Real Collegio, piazza del Collegio 13, Lucca
Pierre André Podbielski is the director of Galerie Podbielski Contemporary in Berlin-Mitte, Germany. He describes himself as a citizen of the world. Of Polish and German descent (father Prussian raised in Berlin, mother Polish raised in Vienna), born in Geneva and bearing an Australian passport, he is fluent in English, French, German and Italian. A qualified architect (Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris), a passionate collector, Podbielski has become an art dealer and an active partner of Galleria Rubin from 2001 to 2009 – his main area of expertise was abstract painting, photography and site specific commissions. His participation in numerous fairs (Art Cologne, Artefiera Bologna, Miart, Preview Berlin) has allowed him to establish a qualified network of contacts among artists, galleries, curators and collectors. In order to best consolidate such acquired experience and face new challenges, in Summer 2011 he has launched his own gallery – Galerie Podbielski Contemporary in Berlin-Mitte, Germany. Podbielski’s main focus is to represent geopolitical issues seen from an artistic perspective. The emphasis of gallerie’s program is to show a wide range of artists, who address the geopolitics of the Balkans, the Middle East, Italy, Germany and eventually new territories in a transcultural perspective. Since its inception, the Gallery has held at least five exhibitions per year and attended a number of international art fairs, incl. Photo London ’17, Artissima ’13 -’17, MIA Fair Milan ’11- ’17, MIA Singapore ’14, Art Paris ’15 and Context Art Miami ’15. Pierre André Podbielski strongly believes that a gallery, besides representing artists and promoting their works in the optimal way, should serve as a platform for the exchange of ideas about art and culture. Podbielski Contemporary aims to merge art dealing activities with academic research, presenting special events such as artists talks, performances, conferences and screening evenings, to become not only a lively space for art lovers and art collectors, but also a cultural destination for young scholars and for the Berlin art community in general. May its small-scale intervention help sustain wider efforts in overcoming the compartmentalization of the art field between public and private institutions.