Galerie Melbye-Konan COPYRIGHT © 2020
Galerie-Melbye Konan was founded with the aim of representing contemporary African artists and artists from all over the world with a connection to Africa. In September 2020, the gallery opened its two-storey exhibition space on 230m² in the centre of Hamburg. The gallery's programme includes both established and emerging artists. The artists represented by the gallery are distinguished by exceptional artistic skill and reflect geographical, social and political contexts in their works.
Interest in contemporary African art has grown in recent years, and a new generation of artists from the continent (including, for instance: Chéri Samba from the Democratic Republic of Congo, El Anatsui from Ghana, Abiodun Olaku from Nigeria, and Aboudia from the Ivory Coast) has established a presence for itself within the global art scene. There are more and more "blockbuster" exhibitions featuring contemporary artists from Africa and targeted acquisitions by renowned museums and collections. Nevertheless, African artists are still strongly underrepresented on the international art market - a reality the gallery wants to change. Moreover, the gallery exhibits at international art fairs, collaborates on curatorial projects with museums and institutions, and advises international collectors on the acquisition of works.
Regular gallery talks, art dinners and exclusive events make the gallery a unique place for art exchange. The loft-like gallery space was carefully designed in collaboration with international partners: Walter Knoll, Ulrike Krages, Occhio and Bang & Olufsen. The result is a fascinating place, a new highlight in the Hamburg art scene.
Art historian Stella Melbye-Konan has ten years of experience in the field of modern and contemporary art. She has curated exhibitions and worked in renowned museums and institutions such as the Centre Pompidou, Musée Carnavalet, and the office of the French star architect Dominique Perrault. Originally from Hamburg, the gallerist studied art history and communications in her hometown as well as museum management at the renowned École du Louvre in Paris. Together with her husband Jean-Claude Konan, businessman and art-enthusiast, the two also want to promote the intercultural exchange with Africa.