Esther Schipper

Berlin-based gallerist and crucial force in shaping Berlin’s evolving art scene

She may have told Bloomberg that there are ‘less and less people coming into the gallery to buy art’, but that didn’t stop Schipper from taking on new premises this year. A former warehouse, it features 678sqm of floorspace across two galleries. Perhaps footfall isn’t paramount for Schipper – she has, after all, established a strong presence globally with her artists, reaching a lot farther than Potsdamer Strasse. The new Berlin gallery opened with solo shows by Angela Bulloch and Anri Sala, the latter with work all over Latin America this year, including one to be installed outside Museo Jumex, plus exhibitions at the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City and Instituto Moreira Salles in São Paulo. Schipper’s real inroads have been in Asia, however, with staff on the ground and shows like Tomás Saraceno’s ambitious solo at the Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, Philippe Parreno’s no-less-ambitious exhibition at the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai and both Sala and Prabhavathi Meppayil’s inclusion in this year’s Yokohama Triennale.