GERMANY: Curator Leander Rubrecht – RubrechtContemporary and Kaiser & Cream

Curator and gallery owner Leander Rubrecht has a flair for the special, unconventional and out-of-frame. He seeks and finds the changes in art and society, pursues them and offers such artists a platform. At the same time, the common criticism of the non-changing of the existing and the other is viewed with constantly new facets from ever-changing perspectives. On May 22, in the exhibition space Kaiser & Cream by RubrechtContemporary in Wiesbaden, the exhibition “Open your Mind – Transformation Incognito” will start with a great selection of artworks made by creatives with physical and mental limitations. It is a heart project by Rubrecht and curator Anke Trischler.

TRANS | FOR | MA | TI | ON – transition, change, mediation: from what to whom, from where to where? How nice would it be to maintain the status quo? It is also clear that nothing stays as it is. Transformation means developing untypical methods, establishing dynamic alliances, trusting one’s own ideas and allowing the unfamiliar: OPEN YOUR MIND. This creates sustainability. Art and culture are the fourth pillar of sustainability and form the basis for transformation into a sustainable society. It is possible to sponsor the exhibits as ambassadors. The sale of the works takes place in favor of the WFB Wiesbade-Rheingau-Taunus. Art in the best of intentions and with good karma.

The current exhibition continues until June 19 and also offers a supplementary supporting program. From 7 pm on 29 May, the concert “Same Same But Different, Vol. 1: Loops + Beats” with Efrain Rozsas and Silvia Sauer will take place. On 18 June, at 6:30 pm, a studio discussion will start with invited guests from the art world. and cultural scene. Exact information and impressions of the works can be found in the comprehensive exhibition catalog.


Leander Rubrecht leads the gallery RubrechtContemporary and the creative project space Kaiser & Cream. The premises should actually take root in the Kaiserstraße in Frankfurt, the name would have fixed nicely. But after this plan did not work out, Rubrecht moved into the building in Büdingenstrasse 4-6 in his hometown Wiesbaden. And this rooms have fortunately proved to be a quite better and more interesting for his undertakings. There is a large anteroom, a little hallway and a smaller back room which offer space for artworks. As well there is the cellar-like and so called Room X, where more special installations come into their own. Leander Rubrecht is always looking for the somewhat more specific artists who work rather unconventionally and also carry a certain amount of criticism in their work.

The gallery interactively presents new cycles of the represented artists through solo shows and puts them into an expanded context with curated joint exhibitions. In conjunction with gallery owners and curators who are friends with the gallery, the diverse program is always supplemented with further and highly topical positions. Since the founding of the first gallery in 1997, Leander Rubrecht has gained intensive experience in the art market as a curator and exhibition organizer and has realized well over 100 art exhibitions to date. Since August 2013, the gallery has been located in Wiesbaden, the capital of the German state of Hessen.

There is the possibility to apply for events at Leander Rubrecht or to generally get involved in the artist forum. The gallery owner consistently curates group exhibitions, builds networks between creators, other galleries and institutions and regularly visits the most diverse fairs with exhibiting artists. Kaiser & Cream tries to promote new ideas and also to show things that you might not see in a conventional gallery. An extraordinary show at a finissage showed with a loud bang and the planed explosion of an artwork that the exhibition was not about the sale, as it is used in other galleries, but also about the conveyance of messages. Rubrecht picks his artists accordingly.

In an interview he told us more about the origin of the gallery, its exhibitions and about some interesting artists. The podcast is in German but in the following you can read the written down conversation translated into English:

Since when does the gallery exist?

The Kaiser & Cream was founded in 2007 as an online platform and we have since 2009 Pop Up Galleries made in Frankfurt and in Berlin. As a permanent location I moved to Wiesbaden with my gallery.

You have the room up here, the room in the back, and then a really quaint basement vault, where you can also exhibit.

Exactly, that was ultimately the point, why I wanted to rent these rooms necessarily, because you have only in the front area, in the main room about 100 m², like the White Cube, as you usually known from art spaces and galleries. From there you come in a central aisle and then can go to the third room, we call this quite mysterious part Room X. There is just this beautiful morbid room, where you can make excellent exhibitions, which go out of the context of the White Cube.

The room also works great with the light effects, you can work well with colors and the walls, that fits perfectly.

Exactly, you just have to work in contrast. The room is morbid, partly moist. We have already exhibited Stefan Spiegel here with the mirror object here, which is also very much in clear structures in the room. Then we had Weingärtner with his Cyborg Barbies, with those technically accomplished object sculptures, which are also illuminated in itself a bit. And they really fitted perfectly into that place. The room simply gives the sculptures the absolute kick.

You always have different exhibitions here, are there always more artists or what is your concept?

The most important thing about Kaiser & Cream, or the presentation plattform of Rubrecht Contemporary, which is now in Kaiser & Cream, is, on the one hand, to show the represented art that moves and has input. So it’s not just like in galleries or in the art trade that you offer works of art purely for sale, but there’s always a curatorial guide. For example with the ZENIT exhibition, which dealt with the Third Reich, greed and evil in man and reflected that. It was a small tribute to social life, where society is slowly trimmed to the point of being told everybody must live in fear in the future. In order to take the whole thing to the extreme, we had staged and curated this exhibition and also called it ZENIT. Because after every meltdown, so to speak, the positive comes.

The works that you exhibit, they are always, let´s say different. One time you even blew up an sculpture during a finissage. The collages, painting and objects are as well socially critical and you have to look more closely. You are also looking for people who work unconventionally.

Exactly. We also had DeePee here in the gallery. He had been busy with the Holocaust thematic especially for this creative phase. He works with cardboard and these just as collages created with ancient texts and writings and illustrations from then. He then alienated a bit. We had Andreas Weingärtner. With him and his Barbie Terminators I was also at the Art Fair in Cologne. And he deals with the topic of consumerism, waste and the throwaway society. He has been collecting electronic waste for 20 years and then processing this scrap in his work. We had maps of Jordan K. Artmeister with us, who put a very outstanding performance and object plastic in the room, which was dealing with the topic greed. Normally, this happens in many different ways, but how he did that was an incredibly unique and outstanding event. We also had Johannes Griesche with us, a Frankfurt artist and his artworks with images of the Paris attack.

You’re not only in the gallery, but also on the go with your artists. You can meet at fairs, where you also offer your art.

Yes, I mentioned that at the beginning, so the whole thing was born as Kaiser & Cream, which in the end became an institution. And since it is rather difficult to enter as a gallery or art space to record various costs, this is the reason why this new label or the gallery Rubrecht Contemporary has been created, so that everything is a little bit separate. So whenever Kaiser & Cream is on it, or when we do non-profit stories, that’s usually Kaiser & Cream. And if we want to, or if we can write invoices, then most of the time, there is usually the letterhead of Rubrecht Contemporary.


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