MADAME - URBAN ZOO
04 Aug 2016 – 10 Sep 2016
OPEN WALLS Gallery
OPEN WALLS is a unique and internationally renowned gallery space that focuses on Public Art. In addition to our actual commitment as a gallery, we offer services such as guided gallery tours and street art tours, as well as workshops and art consulting.
Elodie Bellanger and Guillaume Trotin are the French couple behind the OPEN WALLS idea. Former joint curators of the renowned West Berlin Gallery and the infamous Stattbad Wedding, they started OPEN WALLS in 2012. Back in September of 2010, the couple did their first show with the renowned street artist – Alias. This collaboration was very influential in their future decisions and gameplan design. A year later, West Berlin Gallery was closed and the entire program was refocused on Public Art, thus was founded OPEN WALLS Gallery. The idea started as an itinerant gallery, with no physical space at first, the whole project was operated online, on art fairs and pop-up shows around the globe. Quite rapidly, the business grew and it became too big not to have a showroom. After three years spent as part of the infamous Stattbad Wedding space, after its closing, OPEN WALLS Gallery moved to the new location in Berlin Mitte. Finally, a space suitable for the gallery’s growing business was established in one of the premium locations of Berlin.
Having learned a lot from the previous experiences, and realizing that not having a background in Arts can actually turn out to be a positive thing, Elodie and Guillaume strive to provide a fresh outlook and an apt business approach. They both have a strong passion for further developing the terms and ideologies of Public Art, and have an in-depth knowledge of every artist they represent. What makes this curatorial duo stand out from the competition is the genuine relationship and personal approach they take on with every artist and client, which combined with a very professional skill set and thorough knowledge, results with a unique and high-quality service to both the artist and the viewer. Each represented artist is carefully selected to join the intimate OPEN WALLS family, the gallery and the artists share the creative vision and together aim to promote certain values and evangelize the movement. In addition to showcasing handpicked artworks, Elodie and Guillaume also openly encourage discussion and advice with anyone seeking further guidance in this field in regards to acquisitions and collections. When it comes to acquisitions, curating, and logistics, OPEN WALLS provides consultation for clients on a private basis. Elodie and Guillaume are always happy to let art lovers benefit from their knowledge and know-how, and they provide advice and guidiance with pleasure.