Episode 61 / VOICES ON ART – The VAN HORN Gallery Podcast / Around the world | ESTHER SCHIPPER, founder and CEO of the eponymous gallery, Berlin
Recorded May 3, 2022, 55 min., Language english.
My guest today is Esther Schipper, who founded her eponymous gallery in 1989 and since then never stopped to evolve, adapt and develop content and aims of the gallery correlating with the requirements of the times. In the more than 30 years of it’s existence the now Berlin based gallery has been at the forefront of a global development of the art world and the art market. Growing up in a very cosmopolitan and culturally educated and interested household, being born and raised in Taipeh and later growing up in Paris, she was early on aware of and very open minded towards the diversity and richness of different cultures. Esther talks in depth about her background, her growing up and her awareness of the changing of the times. She talks the early days of her gallery and how she felt the need to grow and adapt in accordance with an ever changing world. Staying true to the DNA of the gallery, keeping long lasting relationships with artists and showing loyalty towards their ideas over the years she also developed strategies for her gallery becoming an globally functioning business, with specialists in every field from art history to sales to accounting, marketing and management. It is very instructive and highly interesting to follow the development of her gallery through the decades in her very own words.