China: Edmond Gallery

Planet Berlin: Emerging art from China

Cultural understanding

Confrontation and exchange between East and West is always in the foreground at the Edmond Gallery, which as founded in 2016. The gallery focuses on representing both emerging and sometimes established artists from China and Europe. Gallery owner, Yanwu Yuan, wants to provide a platform for artistic and cultural understanding.

Planet Berlin: Emerging art from China

Chinese art

A soldier sits on a miniature diving board and looks at his mobile phone. In the current exhibition, the Edmond Gallery presents works by Chinese artist Zhang Chong, who is preparing to return to China after studying in Bonn.

Planet Berlin: Emerging art from China

Cultural stronghold

The Edmond Gallery is located in the elegant Charlottenburg district, which is a stronghold of art and culture. At the annual Berlin Gallery Weekend, there is always a lot going on between Kurfürstendamm and Ernst-Reuter-Platz. Charlottenburg has more than 50 galleries and art spaces.

Planet Berlin: Emerging art from China

Oblique view

The gallery owners like to foster alternative perspectives that emerge from different cultures. Yanwu Yuan opened the gallery with her husband Eric Vinassac, whom she met in Paris in 2007. The gallery is named after their son, Edmond.

In their gallery in Charlottenburg, Yanwu Yuan and Eric Vinassac present solo exhibitions of contemporary art. The focus is often on Chinese artists.

For Yanwu Yuan, founder of the Edmond Gallery in sleepy Charlottenburg, the path to Berlin was a winding one. Born in the famous Yellow Mountains of Southeastern China with its spectacular 72 peaks, she moved to Shanghai with her grandparents when she was only a child. That's not an unusual arrangement in China, where many people relocate from the country to the city to give their children the chance to get a better education.

In Shanghai, Yanwu Yuan grew up under the supervision of her famous grandfather, Wu Liqi, a former hero of the Communist regime whose name appears on monuments around the country. In 2003, Yanwu Yuan left for Paris to study art and photography. It was there that she met her husband, Eric Vinassac. The young Chinese woman and the patron of the arts sat across from one another at a dinner party in 2007, and it was love at first sight.

A few years ago, when their son Edmond was born in Switzerland, the couple decided to make a new start in Germany. The gallery they founded, named after their son, lies on Berlin’s quiet, atmospheric Haubachstrasse.

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Chinese focus

Since 2016, the gallery has been hosting five or six solo exhibitions each year with a group exhibition or two thrown into the mix. Although their gallery is a bit more than a stone’s throw from Berlin's other artistic hot spots on Auguststrasse or Potsdamer Strasse, Yanwu Yuan and Eric Vinassac are optimistic about their project: to expand Berlin's artistic palate to include a new, exciting location for contemporary art – and to build a successful business on a side street.

The couple mainly focus their energy on Chinese artists such as installation artist Zhang Chong and media artist Aaajiao (aka Xu Wenkai) who studied in Europe, as well as on a few European artists. Yanwu Yuan is interested in the modern, and often strange perspective that is born of the synergy between cultures. It's a quality she recognizes immediately – one that is near and dear to her heart.

Author: Carolin Weidner

EDMOND GALLERY
Haubachstr. 17–19
10585 Berlin-Charlottenburg