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Ibid. – London, Great Britain

Rather than listing names

Carsten Nicolai, Future Past Perfect pt. 04 (stratus), 2013 – © courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig, Leipzig & Berlin / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Carsten Nicolai, Future Past Perfect pt. 04 (stratus), 2013 – © courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig, Leipzig & Berlin / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

If you visit the website of Ibid., a London based cutting-edge gallery which has just relocated from Hoxton Square to a first floor space on Albemarle Street in central London, you will not find a list of artists represented by the gallery.

“For us it’s more interesting to talk about the artists' works on occasion rather than listing names on a website”, says gallery co-founder Magnus Edensvard. "Ibid. collaborates with a wide range of artists. Our representation is reflected in our shows, curated off-site projects, and our fair presentations." This rather unconventional choice reflects the curatorial nature of Ibid., which was created by Swede Magnus Edensvard and Lithuanian Vita Zaman as a collaborative platform between artists in 2002. Edensvard and Zaman met as art students at Goldsmiths and Royal College of Art in London. The apartment style of the new space reminds one of the first location of their gallery, which they opened in their shared living room in East London’s Bethnal Green while still at college. They did not really decide to open a gallery, it was more an initiative to fill the need to show artists who were not represented in the UK, many of whom were from Eastern Europe.
The link to Eastern Europe was held strong through an outpost in Vilnius whilst Vita Zaman was still involved in the gallery, but in 2007 she moved on, becoming the director of Vienna Fair. Since then, Magnus Edensvard has continued Ibid. as a sole director, but with the same objectives. "Ibid. was and remains a curatorial platform that tends to move or set up projects in various locations such as Los Angeles, where we recently did a solo show with Christian Rosa, or Hong Kong, where we recently did a group show hosted by the gallery Exit." Plans are ready for Sweden as well, where Edensvard intends to organize exhibitions from spring 2014 onwards.

Olivier Richon, Acedia, 2012
Olivier Richon, Acedia, 2012
Magnus Edensvard
Magnus Edensvard

The wandering nature of the gallery and its tendency to internationality are nourished also through the participation in many fairs, some regularly, such as in Hong Kong, others only from time to time depending on the program and on where artists are having institutional shows. This November Ibid. will participate in Artissima, showing David Adamo, Christian Rosa and Ross Chisholm, as well as a key drawing by Unica Zürn from 1953, and in Art Taipei with Christopher Orr, Olivier Richon and Christoph Weber. Christoph Weber and Christian Rosa are, together with Jack McConville, Colin Snapp, Olivier Castel and Rallou Panagiotou, some of the most recent collaborations of the gallery. Other artists who work closely with the gallery are, beside the already mentioned artists, Carsten Nicolai, William Hunt, Amir Mogharabi, Janis Avotins and Louise Despont. “We feel privileged to collaborate with them. Their markets are growing from strength to strength.”
Ibid. itself seems to be responsible for this success, at least considering their relationship with collectors: “Our aim is always to build up long term relationships with collectors, and our close collectors often end up buying works across the program.”

by Silvia Anna Barrilà

The freelance journalist Silvia Anna Barrilà is specialized in the art market. Since 2008 she has been writing for the Italian financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore and for international media covering art, including Damn, Auction Central News, Artinvestor, and Monopol.

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Galleries (40)

Futura Art Gallery — Pietrasanta, Italy

A gallery that unites established and emerging artists

Gianni Manhattan - Vienna, Austria

Young, International and Critically Astute

Misako & Rosen — Tokyo, Japan

Redefining the Conversation Around Aesthetics

Tiwani Contemporary – London, Great Britain

The London Gallery Promoting African Self-definition

Frutta Gallery — Rome, Italy

Understanding Tradition Without Hesitating to Break It

Contemporary Fine Arts – Berlin, Germany

From West to East and Back Again: a Berlin Institution That’s Made Its Mark

Bo Bjerggaard – Copenhagen, Denmark

Showcasing Figurative Painting With a Side of Communal Spirit

Pierre-Yves Caër Gallery – Paris, France

The Parisian gallery creating a home for Japanese artists in the European art market.

Blindspot Gallery — Hong Kong, China

Throwing a Spotlight on Local Artists

Vane – Newcastle upon Tyne, Great Britain

The Not-for-profit Space Offering Context And Critique In Newcastle

H’art Gallery — Bucharest, Romania

One of Bucharest’s Oldest Private-Run Galleries

LambdaLambda Lambda – Pristina, Kosovo

Mastering the Language in the Kosovan Capital

Deák Erika Galéria – Budapest, Hungary

Beyond Budapest’s Baths

The Breeder Gallery – Athens, Greece

Breeding New Forms in Athens

Tim Van Laere Gallery – Antwerp, Belgium

An autonomous gallery representing both upcoming and well-established artists

Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler – Berlin, Germany

One of the most cutting-edge galleries in Berlin

Galerie Fons Welters – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

A Doorway to Amsterdam’s Contemporary Art

Bosse & Baum – London, United Kingdom

Ambitious perspectives in Peckham

TM51 – Oslo, Norway

Three Galleries in One – Oslo’s Most Accessible Space

mfc-michèle didier – Paris, France

A Space that Reflects the Artistic Discipline

V1 Gallery – Copenhagen, Denmark

Challenging the Boundaries of Art

Upstream Gallery – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Tackling the Shift Between the Analog and Digital in a Post Internet World

Galerie Forsblom – Helsinki, Finland

Bringing international contemporary art to the Finnish capital

The Journal Gallery – New York, USA

Saving New York from Becoming a Sale-Focused Gallery Wasteland

Peres Projects – Berlin, Germany

Bridging the Gap Between Los Angeles and Berlin

Galeria OMR – Mexico City

Mexico City’s advocate for modern artistic tendencies and international contemporary art

LOYAL – Stockholm, Sweden

A Gallery that Pushes the Dialogue Around Young and International Art in Sweden’s Capital

Chimera-Project — Budapest, Hungary

Post-contemporary interest in aesthetics while eagerly re-constructing and defining traditions

La New Gallery — Madrid, Spain

Celebrating contemporary art in all its multi-faceted forms

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery – Sydney, Australia

Her uncanny ability to recognize unique Pacific Rim talent

Take Ninagawa Gallery – Tokyo, Japan

Promoting emerging Japanese artists within a cross-generational, international framework

RaebervonStenglin – Zurich, Switzerland

It is much more about concepts, long conversations and long-term commitment

Galerie Emanuel Layr – Vienna, Austria

Finding the right chord among the various artists

Platform China – Beijing/Hongkong, China

This shows how much prejudgment there still is

Fluxia – Milan, Italy

Strive to discover new approaches in contemporary art

Gaudel de Stampa – Paris, France

“Discreet” seems to be the perfect adjective

NON – Istanbul, Turkey

The dawn of an era of collaboration

Vermelho – São Paulo, Brazil

There were no galleries open to a new generation of artists working in a nontraditional way

Eleven Rivington – New York, USA

Newfound talent and rediscovers international artists for a new audience