By presenting the contemporary art brut, the gallery christian berst implies that it cannot be confined neither in a period of time nor in a geographical perimeter not even in a formal spectrum. What is at stake here is rather the notion of individual mythology, dear to Harald Szeemann.
Since 2005, the gallery christian berst art brut - internationally recognized as a reference in its field - has been putting its passion at the service of creators off the beaten track, whether they are “classics” already consecrated by museums and collections or contemporary discoveries promised to the recognition of the art world.
The gallery distinguishes itself as much by its exhibitions, its participation in international art fairs as by its publications - more than 70 bilingual catalogues to date - or its conferences, screenings and other cultural events that tend to bring an ever wider public into the intricacies of Art Brut.
Several artists represented by the gallery have recently joined prestigious public collections (MNAM-Pompidou, MoMA, Metropolitan Art Museum, …) and about fifteen of them were included in the selection for the 2013 Venice Biennale, while Luboš Plný and Dan Miller, defended by the gallery for 10 years, were selected for the 2017 Venice Biennale.
In 2014 and 2015, Christian Berst was part of the critical college of the Salon d’art contemporain de Montrouge. He was also a member of the board of directors of the Comité professionnel des galeries d’art (CPGA) from 2013 to 2019 and secretary general of the Friends of the Bibliothèque nationale de France from 2014 to 2019.
In 2016, the gallery also became part of the collective MAP Metropolitan Art Paris, while Christian Berst curated two museum exhibitions: Art Brut: A Story Of Individual Mythologies, at the Oliva Creative Factory, Sao Joao de Madeira (Portugal) and Brut Now: Art Brut in the Age of New Technologies at the Belfort Museums (catalogue published by the Presses du Réel).
In October 2020, on the occasion of its 15th anniversary, the gallery opened a second space, The Bridge. This bridge between art brut and other categories of art allows guest curators, 7 times a year, to express their own vision of this fruitful dialogue.
In May 2022, Christian Berst will co-direct, with Raphaël Koenig, the Cerisy colloquium devoted to art brut.
Daniel & Carmen Klein
To those who have helped us become what we are
Milarepa Bacot, Hélène Barré, Sarah et Jean-Claude Berny, Yoann Blot, Camille Boury, Aurélie Capdevielle, Emilie Champenois, Géraldine Clerc, Amélie Danchin, Émilie Deroo, Olga Escoffier, Aurélien Farina, Coralie Goyard, Benedetta Grazioli, Hortense Hinsinger, Phillip March Jones, Alix de Laminne de Bex, Antoine Langé, Elsie Le Couguic, Eléonore Llorens, Aïwen Lu, Philipp March Jones, Caterina Nizzoli, Fanny Rojat, Sophie Roudier, Chiara Sartor, Simon Seguier, Nadine Servant, Marie Tanguy, Margaux Voillat, Rong Zheng, Selma Khallaf, Sophie Bonnet.