Galerie Peter Kilchmann
In 1992, Peter Kilchmann established Galerie Peter Kilchmann, marking the beginning of a transformative journey in the contemporary art scene of Zurich. The gallery's first space was located in the former Schoeller-Hardturm factory in the west of Zurich, an area that was then an industrial district without its current trendy appeal. Kilchmann's decision to venture into this neighborhood, alongside a small group of galleries, demonstrated a pioneering spirit and a curiosity-driven approach that would ultimately contribute to the advancement of the contemporary art scene in Zurich. At its inception, the gallery's focus was primarily on photography and video art, which were still relatively unestablished and rarely exhibited in galleries at the time.
Initially, Peter Kilchmann focused on exhibiting artists from his own generation and has since been dedicated to paving the way for young, aspiring artists. Throughout the past three decades, the gallery has consistently pursued a cohesive program representing artists from Latin America, Europe, and the United States. The gallery's program is characterized by a conceptual approach to the creative process and socio-political circumstances, often expressed through striking artistic language. The represented artists span various fields of creative expression, including painting, video, film, photography, installation, and sculpture. Despite the diverse range of artistic practices, all the artists share a firm position through which they convey their unique perspectives and invite viewers to engage with their respective works.
Galerie Peter Kilchmann's unwavering commitment to fostering artistic talent and promoting thought-provoking contemporary art has played a significant role in shaping Zurich's art scene. With its international outlook and dedication to supporting emerging artists, the gallery continues to push boundaries, challenge conventions, and contribute to the ongoing discourse in contemporary art.