Mai 36 Galerie was founded in 1987 by Victor Gisler. Mai 36 Galerie presents and promotes the work of emerging and established international contemporary artists.
The opening exhibition was held with Les Levine in 1988 at Maihofstrasse 36 in Lucerne. Since 1996, the gallery is located in the heart of Zurich, near the Kunsthaus Zurich.
The gallery program is directed at the works of artists preoccupied with the fundamental questions of art, beginning with significant statements of art after 1945, their roots going back to the 1960s and 1970s (especially Pop Art, Minimal Art, and Conceptual Art). The gallery is mainly interested in artists engaged in unearthing art-immanent themes such as the perception of art, art as a form of communication, art as a system, as well as art questioning the importance and function of art in our society: the outlooks of individual artists stimulating and encouraging reflections on the experiences and perceptions of our age.