KÖNIG GALERIE was established in Berlin in 2002 by Johann König, and is currently managed by Lena and Johann König and Laura Attanasio. The gallery represents the work of more than 40 emerging and established artists from around the world, many of whom are part of the younger generation. The gallery's program is focused on interdisciplinary, concept-driven, and spatially oriented approaches, encompassing a wide range of media, including sculpture, video, sound, painting, printmaking, photography, and performance.
In May 2015, KÖNIG GALERIE moved to St. Agnes, a monumental former Brutalist church constructed in the 1960s. The former Chapel and Nave now serve as exhibition spaces. In April 2021, KÖNIG SEOUL opened in the South Korean capital. The gallery has successfully placed works in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Guggenheim Foundation. The gallery's artists have had solo exhibitions at institutions worldwide, and regularly participate in prestigious group exhibitions, such as Documenta and the Venice, Berlin, and New York biennials. They have received numerous major awards, commissions, and public projects.
Located in Berlin-Kreuzberg, the St. Agnes church on Alexandrinenstraße was designed and built by German architect Werner Düttmann between 1964 and 1967. In 2012, Johann and Lena König purchased the building and commissioned renowned architect Arno Brandlhuber to respectfully convert it. In 2016, they and the building received the Berlin Architecture Prize for this effort. The church is one of Germany's most iconic examples of Brutalist architecture, featuring massive concrete blocks and exposed surfaces that reveal the grains of their original wooden forms. The church's imposing 20-meter-high interior walls are largely without windows, but are illuminated with daylight from two large overhead windows on each of the side walls. The bell tower is connected directly to the building structure and serves as a connection between the entrance area, ground floor, and gallery.