Into Focus: Galerie Max Mayer

Max Mayer discusses the legacy of Düsseldorf - and reveals his favourite London vinyl store

 

mm.jpg

Max Mayer

Max Meyer

You're based in Düsseldorf. How would you describe the scene there as distinct from other art centres in Germany, or elsewhere in Europe?
 
A gallery is always embedded in a specific local culture, and shapes their understanding of what it means to engage in art. Dusseldorf, as part of the Rhineland, offers an incredibly rich heritage to relate to, and there’s a freedom here to create a programme that adds to that history.
 
Of course, the Rhineland has a such distinguished history of galleries. Are there any more established dealers you look up, or would like to follow in the steps of?
 
This is of course an interesting question - since I am the son of the dealer Hans Mayer! So he’s an obvious choice. In addition, Jean-Pierre Wilhelm at Galerie 22 created a legacy in Düsseldorf, which shaped the path for many other galleries in the region: including us. 
 

evers.jpg

Jan Paul Evers, Safe Haven Demand, 2016. Courtesy: the artist and Galerie Max Mayer, Düsseldorf.

Jan Paul Evers, Safe Haven Demand, 2016. Courtesy: the artist and Galerie Max Mayer, Düsseldorf.

 
What are you presenting at Focus
 
At Focus we are presenting a solo stand of new works by Jan Paul Evers. Evers is the artist I have worked with the longest: we opened a show at my gallery in 2011. It’s very exciting to bring his work to Frieze for the first time.
 
Are there any other galleries in the fair you are especially looking forward to seeing?
 
I am very much looking forward to see my friends Jeffrey and Misako of Misako & Rosen.
 
What else around London do you plan to do during Frieze Week?
 
Phonica - a vinyl speciliast in Soho.
 

jef_geys.jpg

Jef Geys, 'San Michele, 2009' installation view at Galerie Max Mayer, Düsseldorf (2016). Courtesy: the artist and Galerie Mayer, Düsseldorf.

Jef Geys, 'San Michele, 2009' installation view at Galerie Max Mayer, Düsseldorf. Courtesy: the artist and Galerie Mayer, Düsseldorf.

 
What are you currently showing in the gallery?
 
We are currently showing an exhibition by the incredible Jef Geys, and will open a solo show by Flora Klein on October 28th. 
 
Galerie Max Mayer is exhibiting in Focus at Frieze London
 
Stand Number: H27

Most Read

A report commissioned by the museum claims Raicovich ‘misled’ the board; she disputes the investigation’s claims
In further news: Jef Geys (1934–2018); and Hirshhorn postpones Krzysztof Wodiczko projection after Florida shooting
If the city’s pivot to contemporary art was first realized by landmark construction, then what comes after might not...
Ignoring its faux-dissident title, this year's edition at the New Museum displays a repertoire that is folky, angry,...
An insight into royal aesthetics's double nature: Charles I’s tastes and habits emerge as never before at London’s...
In other news: Artforum responds to #NotSurprised call for boycott of the magazine; Maria Balshaw apologizes for...
At transmediale in Berlin, contesting exclusionary language from the alt-right to offshore finance
From Shanghai to Dubai, a new history charts the frontiers where underground scenes battle big business for electronic...
Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, UK
Zihan Karim, Various Way of Departure, 2017, video still. Courtesy: Samdani Art Foundation
Can an alternative arts network, unmediated by the West's commercial capitals and burgeoning arts economies of China...
‘That moment, that smile’: collaborators of the filmmaker pay tribute to a force in California's film and music scenes...
In further news: We Are Not Surprised collective calls for boycott of Artforum, accuses it of 'empty politics'; Frida...
We Are Not Surprised group calls for the magazine to remove Knight Landesman as co-owner and withdraw move to dismiss...
Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film is both gorgeous and troubling in equal measure
With Zona Maco opening in the city today, a guide to the best exhibitions across the Mexican capital
The question at the heart of Manchester Art Gallery’s artwork removal: what are the risks when cultural programming...
In further news: Sonia Boyce explains removal of Manchester Art Gallery’s nude nymphs; Creative Scotland responds to...
Ahead of the India Art Fair running this weekend in the capital, a guide to the best shows to see around town
The gallery argues that the funding body is no longer supportive of institutions that maintain a principled refusal of...
The Dutch museum’s decision to remove a bust of its namesake is part of a wider reconsideration of colonial histories,...
At New York’s Metrograph, a diverse film programme addresses a ‘central problem’ of feminist filmmaking
Ronald Jones pays tribute to a rare critic, art historian, teacher and friend who coined the term Post-Minimalism
In further news: curators rally behind Laura Raicovich; Glasgow's Transmission Gallery responds to loss of Creative...
Nottingham Contemporary, UK
‘An artist in a proud and profound sense, whether he liked it or not’ – a tribute by Michael Bracewell
Ahead of a show at Amsterdam’s EYE Filmmuseum, how the documentarian’s wandering gaze takes in China’s landscapes of...
In further news: Stedelijk explains why it cancelled Ettore Sottsass retrospective; US National Gallery of Art cancels...
With 11 of her works on show at the Musée d'Orsay, one of the most underrated artists in modern European history is...
Reopening after a two-year hiatus, London’s brutalist landmark is more than a match for the photographer’s blockbuster...
What the Google Arts & Culture app tells us about our selfie obsession
At a time of #metoo fearlessness, a collection of female critics interrogate their own fandom for music’s most...
A rare, in-depth interview with fashion designer Jil Sander

Latest Magazines

frieze magazine

October 2017

frieze magazine

November - December 2017

frieze magazine

January - February 2018