Dr. Dorothea van der Koelen
Dr. Dorothea van der Koelen I Photo: Galerie Dorothea van der Koelen
Galerie Dr. Dorothea van der Koelen, Mainz / Venice
Dr Dorothea van der Koelen unites many roles in one individual: she’s a gallerist, academician, curator, publicist, consultant, foundation founder and member of art KARLSRUHE’s advisory board. The holder of a PhD in art history, Dr Dorothea van der Koelen of Mainz opened her first gallery at age 19 and now runs a total of three galleries, including one in Venice. Not solely through CADOROA, the centre for art and academic research that she opened three years ago in Mainz-Hechtsheim, she has repeatedly proven that the allegedly contrary disciplines of research and commerce can indeed be reciprocally fruitful.
An exhibitor at art KARLSRUHE since 2004, Dr Dorothea van der Koelen has always united diverse fields of business and disclosed the alliance of their various energies. These efforts express themselves as a logical and impressive programme in the gallery area. Galerie van der Koelen stands for construction, concrete tendencies and artistic positions distinguished by an uncompromising attitude. The list of her artists speaks for itself: from Daniel Buren and Heinz Gappmayr, through Francois Morellet, to Günther Uecker and Lawrence Weiner. She received the Max Slevogt Medal in 2015 in recognition of her commitment to the mediation of art.