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Extra artists depart König gallery amid sexual misconduct allegations in opposition to its founder Johann König

The business gallery König introduced earlier this month that it not represents the Berlin-based Italian artist Monica Bonvicini. In late October she “paused” her relationship de ella with the gallery till the allegations of sexual misconduct made in opposition to its founder Johann König—first revealed by German newspaper Die Zeit in August—are “resolved,” a spokeswoman for Bonvicini stated in a press release.

Lower than two weeks after this announcement, the gallery stated by way of Instagram, in a now-deleted submit seen by The Artwork Newspaper, that it will drop illustration of Bonvicini altogether to “shield” her in opposition to an ensuing media storm. Her choice to not totally sever ties with König had been met with criticism on-line from quite a few Berlin artwork world figures. On 10 November, an nameless group known as Soup du Jour launched a public letter addressed to Bonvicini, titled “Higher Excruciatingly Late Than By no means.” It criticises, amongst different issues, the perceived dissonance between Bonvicini’s feminist apply and her seeming unwillingness of her to totally separate from the gallery.

A authorized consultant for Johann König, considered one of Germany’s most outstanding sellers, denies all allegations made in opposition to his consumer. Final month a Hamburg regional court docket ordered Die Zeit to redact quite a few incriminating sentences from its report. The newspaper republished an altered model of its unique article on 25 October.

Monica Bonvicini. Courtesy of Institute for Kunst

Final month Bonvicini signed to Tanya Bonakdar, who will now signify her in North America. She declined to remark as as to whether this transfer is related to her departure from König. The artist additionally continues to be represented by Peter Kilchmann in Zurich, Krinzinger in Vienna and Raffaella Cortese in Milan.

Bonvicini is the topic of a serious solo exhibition on the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, which opens later this week. A consultant for König advised ArtNews that the gallery has not supported this exhibition. Editions of Bonvicini’s work have now been faraway from the gallery’s reward store in its huge Berlin flagship area.

However whereas Bonvicini is to this point the one artist to formally hyperlink her departure from König to the allegations made in opposition to its founder, she isn’t the one one to have left since Die Zeit’s article was revealed. In current weeks, quite a few the gallery’s artists have disappeared off their roster in a much less public vogue. Prior to now 48 hours, the Berlin-based Scandinavian artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset had been quietly faraway from the gallery’s web site. The duo confirmed in an e mail to The Artwork Newspaper that they’re not represented by König, however don’t want to remark additional on the matter.

And earlier this week, the identify of the German painter-sculptor Katharina Grosse was additionally faraway from the gallery’s web site. Grosse couldn’t be reached for remark regardless of sustained efforts to contact her by way of her de ella studio and gallery de ella Gagosian.

Different artists have additionally left the gallery in current months, some even earlier than the allegations had been revealed by Die Zeit. They embrace Camille Henrot, who represented France on the 2013 Venice Biennale, and the London-based Amalia Pica. Henrot and Pica had been contacted by The Artwork Newspaper via their business galleries (Hauser & Wirth and Herald Road, respectively) and each confirmed they had been not represented by König. Neither selected to make additional feedback as to their causes for leaving the gallery.

In the meantime the Turner-Prize profitable sculptor Helen Marten has additionally left the gallery’s roster, as has the Brooklyn-based painter Trey Abdella. Neither Marten nor Abdella could possibly be reached for remark by The Artwork Newspaper.

A spokesperson for König gallery, requested in regards to the causes behind these departures, says: “The gallery doesn’t touch upon artists leaving and by no means [has] in its 20-year historical past.”

In the meantime, the Berlin-based clothes model Memento Official made a public assertion earlier this month on Instagram distancing itself from each Johann König and König gallery. It asserts in an Instagram submit {that a} quick lived collaboration between them in Might 2017 got here to an finish as a consequence of what it phrases “private and enterprise conflicts”, together with “the misalignment of values ​​and transgressive behaviour”. Memento Official’s founder David Mallon, who describes himself as a former enterprise accomplice of Johann König, says he felt compelled to make the assertion in gentle of the allegations. “Lots of people nonetheless suppose we help him, it will be important for us to disclaim this.”

A consultant for König gallery says: “The allegations by Memento Official will not be appropriate. Given the lengthy timeframe it’s clearly shocking that we’re confronted with them now and solely publicly by way of Instagram.”

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