Alexander Levy

Alexander Levy. Foto: Valerie Schmidt

Gallerist Alexander Levy on coffee in the morning

What are you working on at the moment?
We are currently planning the second edition of the group exhibition ›K60‹ with seven other Berlin galleries (ChertLüdde, HUA International, Klemm’s, KOW, Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Plan B and PSM). The show will open on 5 SEP at the Wilhelm Hallen in Berlin-Reinickendorf. Furthermore, we are preparing the exhibition of Su Yu Hsin: a large-scale video installation that we are very much looking forward to.

Who or what has influenced you in your work?
My parents, who are both active in the art world. Lydia Ahrens also plays a big role now.

What artwork do you return to again and again?
The oeuvre of Meret Oppenheim. Her works take up important and current topics. Social issues, but also questions about our relationship to nature and ourselves.

What would you do if you didn’t work in the arts?
Probably working in the music industry—that’s where I made my first professional experiences. But art challenged and interested me more.

What are you reading at the moment?
I have just read ›Nerds retten die Welt‹ (Nerds save the world) by Sybille Berg and I am thrilled that it has given me so much more perspective on our society.

What should art today be able to do, in your opinion?
Art must ask questions, directly or indirectly. Art must enable new experiences for everyone individually.

What aspect of the pre-pandemic world do you grieve—and what things do you not miss at all?
I miss the direct discourse with people. I haven’t seen many of them for a long time and the exchange via other channels can’t completely replace this. However, I am glad that we had more time and energy to concentrate on single projects.

If you had to sum up your work in one word, what would it be?

Do you have a daily ritual?
Coffee in the morning—to wake up.

What art or culture-related events do you look forward to in the near future?
To endless possibilities—although we have learned from time and will certainly do some things differently than before.

Su Yu Hsin. Frame of reference
17 SEP—16 OCT 2021
Opening 16 SEP, 6—9pm
Special Opening Hours Berlin Art Week
16—18 SEP 2021, 11am—7pm