Talent, passion and vision. And that’s just our artists

At BBA Gallery we work with ‘emerging’ and ‘mid-career’ artists. To us though, these are industry terms, labels that help simplify complexity. We believe that artists don’t need a label – they need a champion. A committed gallery, who kicks doors for them, introduces their work to collectors, shares their vision with the world.

That’s why BBA Gallery launched in 2017. We find and represent artists with unique talent and ideas, a strong vision and a compelling style. Age or education are not the most important criteria for us. We’re more interested in authenticity, perseverance, professionalism and outstanding artworks, no matter the medium. 

We’re artists ourselves so we get it. We began as an artist-run project space in 2015, and our ethos has been clear since then – to seek out talented & passionate artists and give them all the nurture they need. Whether they’re emerging or mid-career (if we must use those terms).

 
 

We’re in it together

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Nele Ouwens
Director/Curator

Nele Ouwens has a Master’s degree in art history, theatre studies and politics from Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany. She is a painter and has many years of experience in project organisation and curation, art and journalistic writing as well as PR and marketing. Nele has lived and worked in Berlin since 2011.

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Renata Kudlacek
Director/Curator

Renata Kudlacek is a mixed media artist and has been working within curation, art education and project management since her MA graduation in Fine Art from the Royal College of Art, London, UK. She moved from London to Berlin in 2012.

 
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Marina Roca Die
Artist Liaison

Marina is a fine artist, who has studied at Estudio Arjona School of Art in Madrid. She started working with BBA in 2016, first as an artist and later as Artist Liaison and Manager of the gallery’s Artsy profile.

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Rahil Zabihi
Gallery Assistant

Rahil has a Masters degree in English Literature from Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg and is a creative writer. Rahil started working with BBA in 2018. She supports BBA with research, social media and communications.

 

No gender agenda

Looking at artworks, we don’t see gender. But we are aware that female artists are still marginalised in terms of soloshows, pricing and sales. That’s why at BBA Gallery we’re proud to say that we represent a majority of female artists. That’s not because we’re biased or fulfilling a self-imposed quota and it is not set in stone either. It’s simply that most outstanding artists we’re encountered so far have happened to be female.

Artists make the world go ‘round

Thanks to our global mind-set, BBA Gallery has created and taken part in collaborations with galleries and artistic projects from all over the world. We’re driven by a desire to discover, discuss and reflect modes of artistic expression across borders. At BBA Gallery we passionately believe that art is a vehicle for thoughts, feelings and concepts – a powerful stimulus, and its very own mode of communication.

ABBA without an A?

Their tunes might be on the gallery playlist, but all we have in common is a catchy name made up of capital letters: BBA. Which stands for Berlin Blue Art. You know what art is, but what’s Berlin Blue you ask? It’s a blue pigment invented in Berlin (the clue was in the name all along).  Developed in 1706 this very, very dark blue was the first modern pigment and artists immediately began an ongoing love affair with its mystery and deep blueness that can appear almost black. It’s now known as Prussian Blue and is used to capture the elusive beauty of a night sky, or the deepest sea. The pigment was also popular because, previously, blues were known to fade. Berlin Blue doesn’t fade at all and is long-lasting. It has true staying power, and so do we (even on the dancefloor).