The gallery, a 1,300 square meter glass-encased modernist building preserved from the Socialist Era, is located in one of the city’s historical landmarks on Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin-Mitte. The former ‘Kunst im Heim’ gallery of the GDR, is a classic example of East German Modernism, built in 1964 by architects Kaiser and Franek to house a display of fine and applied arts from the countries of the Eastern Block.
Since 2008, more than 25 artists from the galleries of Gisela Capitain and Friedrich Petzel have realised ambitious solo exhibitions, developed on-site in the exceptional space, amongst others Karla Black, Wade Guyton, Sarah Morris, Seth Price, Monika Sosnowska, John Stezaker, Charline von Heyl and Christopher Williams.
Capitain Petzel continues to present exhibitions of internationally renowned artists, also represented by the galleries in Cologne and New York, as well as establishing an autonomous programme in Berlin with artists such as Andrea Bowers, Natalie Czech, Robert Longo, Peter Piller and Amy Sillman. A range of books and catalogues are available from all of the gallery artists.