Belonging to the first generation of Berlin’s new gallery scene, the Mehdi Chouakri gallery started in 1996 in Berlin Mitte which soon became the city’s contemporary art centre.
Since then, international artists like Sylvie Fleury, Mathieu Mercier, Gerold Miller and Gerwald Rockenschaub have found their platform here. Generous, often space related installations of sculptures, wall pieces etc. have earned the gallery a reputation for being open to unconventional artistic experiments and creative proposals. Since the beginning the gallery has been working with artists that also investigate in non art related concepts such as architecture, fashion, music, physics, sociology, and the more profane world of everyday life.
For some major artists like John M Armleder and Hans-Peter Feldmann the Mehdi Chouakri Gallery has become their main base in Germany. In the gallery‘s present location at the Edison Hoefe, a historical industrial landmark–located near the Museum Hamburger Bahnhof and Berlin’s Central Station–Mehdi Chouakri successfully keeps introducing younger discoveries like Saâdane Afif, Luca Trevisani, Philippe Decrauzat, and N. Dash and also continues to follow and present the development of its internationally established artists with exclusive special productions. With Charlotte Posenenske, Peter Roehr, and Martin Disler, Mehdi Chouakri included three historical positions to his program and effected their posthumous success. The gallery collaborates regularly with renowned international institutions and major private collections. Furthermore, Mehdi Chouakri persues an active publishing policy.