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Blinding Art

Last June, influential German gallerist Johann König released his memoir ’Bland Gallerist’, officially ”coming out” as sight-impaired. After a freak accident at the age of 15, König only has partial eyesight. This, however, has encouraged him to develop a distinctly personal idea of what makes good art. König explains that blind people often are capable of an unusual degree of inner concentration and heightened perception.

On a trip to Berlin earlier this year, we visited König Galleri. Housed in former brutalist church St. Agnes, architect Werner Düttmann designed the space to be rough and raw on the outside, yet soft and bright on the inside, top-lighting the space with skylights. In other words, ideal for showing art.

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