Galerie Gisela Capitain was founded in 1986 and is focused on International Contemporary Art from the 1980s to the present.
Since 1986 the gallery developed an ongoing vibrant program with international artists from various disciplines. Günther Förg, Charline von Heyl, Zoe Leonard, Albert Oehlen, Stephen Prina, Franz West, Christopher Wool and Martin Kippenberger belong to the first generation of artists who have shaped the gallery's program since its founding. For over 35 years, the gallery's artistic agenda has remained focused on, though not limited to, Contemporary Art from the 1980s until now. In the 2000s Wade Guyton, Seth Price and Kelley Walker, a generation of emerging artists at the time, joined the program, among others. Adding emerging as well as established artists, including Barbara Bloom, Richard Smith or Monika Sosnowska, the gallery continually evolved its program.
In recent years, Galerie Gisela Capitain has extended its program: Japanese artist Hiroki Tsukuda and Hong Kong based composer, multi media and sound artist Samson Young, joined the gallery, followed by Peruvian artist Ximena Garrido-Lecca, Italian artist Isabella Ducrot and the British painter Jadé Fadojutimi. In 2020 the gallery started to work with Ragen Moss as well as Yann Gerstberger. In 2022 painter Liza Lacroix joined the gallery program.
In October 2008 Gisela Capitain has opened a new, 1300 square meter space in a 1960s glass pavilion in Berlin in collaboration with Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, to continue and extend the gallery‘s program of exhibitions and projects.
In 2018 our second gallery space Albertusstrasse opened in Cologne.
From March 5 until April 16, 2022 Galerie Gisela Capitain launched "Zweigstelle Capitain", a temporary, travelling exhibition space. The first two editions of "Zweigstelle" took place in Rome and the third edition at the prestigious Palazzo Degas in Naples as well as the upcoming fourth edition, which is planned for September 2023 featuring a solo presentation by British painter Jadé Fadojutimi.
Galerie Gisela Capitain is the representative of the Estate of Martin Kippenberger since 1997.