Esther Schipper

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

It’s a truism that Schipper has come a long way since ‘gallery sitting’ for Monika Sprüth – as phrased in her Randian interview. She opened her own gallery in Cologne during the 1980s, later moving it to Berlin, where it has streadily grown in size and power. Last year she announced her merger-cum-acquisition of fellow Berlin stalwart Johnen Galerie, telling Artinfo, ‘We are taking an innovative route to enhance our already excellent standing in the global art market.’ The two are now poised to open an exhibition space near the fashionable, gallery-centric area of Potsdamer Strasse. Her five-year takeover of the business sees her own programme, which includes greats such as Philippe Parreno and Pierre Huyghe (who recently dug up the Met’s roof garden), absorbing powerhouse artists such as Tino Sehgal (whose Palais de Tokyo exhibition opens this autumn), Turner Prize-winner Martin Boyce, Minimalism legend Dan Graham and Ryan Gander, whose works she exhibited this summer.