Louise Hopkins, Harness, 2008 (installation view)
Mummery + Schnelle was established in 2007 by Andrew Mummery and Wolfram Schnelle. The gallery exhibited international contemporary art, building on an artist base established by Andrew Mummery that was focused mainly on painting and photography.
In 2011 the gallery’s exhibition programme started to feature conceptual art made in the 1960s and 70s and employing photography as its primary medium. Exhibitions of the work of Luigi Ghirri (Sept/Oct 2011) and Giorgio Ciam (Jan/Mar 2012) re-examined the work of two artists working in Italy during a period situated between Arte Povera and the Transavantgarde, who questioned the nature of the art object, its reception and its making. In 2011 the gallery started to work with British artist Stuart Brisley, probably best known for the series of key performance related works created in the 1970s and 80s that re-defined what “performance art” might be and encompass. In September 2012 the gallery staged an exhibition that which included key photographic works from the 1970s by two important Colombian artists, Miguel Angel Rojas and Fernell Franco. In January 2014, the gallery presented an exhibition of rarely seen material from the 1950s and 60s by the Polish photographer Marek Piasecki. In May 2014 the gallery staged an exhibition reassessing the work of British painter David Saunders, one of the founder members of the Systems Group in 1969.
The gallery’s critical approach aimed to generate dialogue and debate through a phenomenological reading of art and its reception and to consider the gallery as a meeting space for artists, scholars and collectors. Many of the exhibitions were complemented by a series of commissioned texts and publications, which remain available via this website.