Karsten Greve, born in 1946, studied in Cologne, Lausanne and Geneva. He started his career as an art dealer and publisher in 1969. From 1970 onwards he operated the Möllenhof/Greve gallery. He opened the first of his own galleries at the beginning of 1973, his debut being a solo exhibition by Yves Klein in the gallery building at Lindenstraße, Cologne.
His intimate face-to-face contact with foremost artists, such as Cy Twombly, Louise Bourgeois, Jannis Kounellis, John Chamberlain and others, provided the base for the quality of his program, which is defined by international avant-garde after 1945. Apart from Twombly, Kounellis, Chamberlain and Bourgeois, it has come to include artists like Joseph Cornell, Jean Dubuffet, Willem de Kooning, Pablo Picasso, Louis Soutter, Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni and Wols.
During more than 50 successful years as an international art dealer, Karsten Greve contributed significantly to the worldwide recognition of artists like Louise Bourgeois, John Chamberlain, Lucio Fontana, Gotthard Graubner, Jannis Kounellis, Fausto Melotti, Pierre Soulages, Piero Manzoni and Cy Twombly. In addition to these highly acclaimed artistic positions, the gallery also represents contemporary artists like Norbert Prangenberg, and Leiko Ikemura, as well as photographers Sally Mann, Mimmo Jodice, Robert Polidori and Lynn Davis. The program is continously expanded to include rising young artists like Georgia Russell, Claire Morgan, Gideon Rubin, Ding Yi, Raúl Illarramendi and Sergio Vega.
The gallery's program is characterized by a high diversity of artistic genres represented these belonging to the classic media painting, drawing and graphic arts, sculpture and installation as well as photography. Complementing the shows on a high quality level, bibliophile catalogue editions are released.
Galerie Karsten Greve Cologne is located in the center of the city, close to the Diocesan Museum "Kolumba", the “Museum für Angewandte Kunst" (MAK) and the Cologne cathedral.
+49 (0)221 257 10 12
Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 6.30 pm
Saturday 10 am - 6 pm
In 1989, the Galerie Karsten Greve opened its second site in the rue Debelleyme, in the Marais district of Paris, close to the Musée Picasso.
The gallery rooms are located in an urban palace consisting of a large main gallery and a smaller gallery in the side wing, which extends over three floors.
5, rue Debelleyme
+33 (0)1 42 77 19 37
Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 7 pm
In 1999 Galerie Karsten Greve was one of the first galleries to open its third location in St. Moritz on Via Maistra. Regardless of the season, changing exhibitions take place here throughout the year.
Via Maistra 4
7500 St. Moritz
+41 (0)81 834 90 34
Monday - Saturday 10 am - 1 pm | 2 pm - 6.30 pm
and by appointment