What: Stahl House Where: Los Angeles, USA Two years ago…
Who: Anna Jill Lüpertz, Gallery Owner and Markus Keibel, Artist
Where: Berlin Moabit
When two people move in together, it happens that two lives and two households are mixed together. But what if one doesn’t like the couch of the other one or finds it even ugly? When the Berlin gallery owner Anna Jill Lüpertz and the artist Markus Keibel met each other eight years ago and shortly afterwards decided to create a shared home in Anna’s 170 square meters flat in an old building, there was no approach for a discussion. ART-piece, the apartment was literally empty.
Anna Jill Lüpertz: When I moved in I had nothing except for a bed and a couch.
Markus Keibel: And I brought things that were missing. This has been a good supplement.
MyStylery: Are you always so harmonious?
AJL: Mostly (laughs). The Farrow & Ball-wallpaper in the corridor still comes from the predecessor. We didn’t remove it, because we couldn’t decide on a wall color. I love colors like the one in the living room, a mixture out of old silk and DDR-anteroom-optic.
MK: True, every color is being discussed. I wished myself at least one white room. Nevertheless I was able to assert myself in the kitchen. Basically Anna likes to have more, I like to have less.
MS: More or less of what?
AJL: I love small things and so called bits and bots. For example I can’t have enough of vases! Markus always puts everything away and believes that I won’t notice it. It’s important to him, that everything is clear, clean and tidy.
MK: For me it’s quality before quantity. And that the things tell a story. After the end of the war, the empire-secretary has been pulled through whole Western Pomerania in a handcart by my grandmother. It accompanied me like the banana-plant throughout my whole life.
AJL: The other plants we purchased together. Markus got the green thumb.
MS: What is important to both of you in your home?
AJL: To me, the bed is the most important place. This is where I work, here I live. And books…
MK: … Exactly. Our books are our joint smorgasbord. I find apartments without books disconcerting. This is also an expression of quality of life.
MS: Do you always agree on art or are there different points of views?
AJL: When I met Markus, I was afraid, that his art could be bad trash. Then I secretly googled him and was totally relieved afterwards.
MK: I’m concept-artist; this is the contrary of what influenced Anna in her childhood by the art of her father. Art is a new issue of attitude, not of the taste. BvH
Anna Jill Lüpertz Gallery
Berlin Art Week:
Tableau, 2000-2007, Artist Book by Pola Sieverding
Wednesday, the 16th of September
Potsdamerstraße 109 / Kurfürstenstraße 28, 10785 Berlin
from 8 to midnight.
September 17/18/19, noon-10pm
September 20, noon-6pm
Der Falke glüht am Firmament – A Solo Show by Harald Hermann
12th of September – 31st of October 2015
Tuesday – Saturday 12 – 6 pm and upon appointment
Special opening hours during Berlin Art Week:
16th of September 12am – 9pm
17th of September 11am – 9pm
18th/19th of September 12am – 7pm
20th of September 12am – 6pm