Berlin-based galleriests launch pop up space in Sydney - Art Collector

Vhils art in Stavanger, Norway, 2010. Courtesy: the artist and Skalitzers Contemporary Art, Berlin

27 March 2013 | Berlin-based Australian galleriests Kelly Reiffer and Rory Schmitz have launched their first pop up project space in The Rocks, Sydney.

Both hailing from Western Australia, Reiffer is a former investment banker and art collector turned art dealer, and Schmitz is an artist and curator. Their Berlin gallery Skalitzers Contemporary Art was launched in 2009 and has an international focus on artists who work within the urban environment.

The gallery places importance on maintaining ongoing exchanges between Australia and Germany to allow Australian audiences exposure to a range of innovative exhibitions. In 2011 Skalitzers exhibited Belgian artist ROA in Perth, and now they are bringing Portugese-born artist Vhils (aka Alexandre Farto) to Sydney in March for a solo exhibition entitled

Vhils gained international prominence when his work appeared alongside renowned street artist Banksy piece at Cans Fesitval, London in 2008. Vhils' practice involves deconstruction, employing chisels, hammers, acid and even explosives to confront notions of place and identity within the urban environment.

Skalitzers Contemporary Art will be involved in a range of Australian commission projects while they are in the country.
Dissolve is running in association with Art Month Sydney and will continue until 6 April 2013.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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