The independent exhibition space Autocenter is celebrating its 13th anniversary this year. It was founded in 2001 by the artists Maik Schierloh and Joep van Liefland in an auto body shop as a not-for-profit space for art beyond the hierarchies of the art market.
In high frequency and on 350 qm2 of exhibition grounds, Autocenter has been inviting international visual artists to present their ideas and visions to an advanced audience of curators, critics, collectors, as well as architects, photographers and gallerists in Berlin’s hip district of Mitte. “Showing” here is understood as a non-ideological gesture sans economic pressures. Autocenter is about artistic experimentation in the fields of painting, sculpture, photography, video, etc. beyond the confines of curatorial concern and limitation. Having transcended its status as “off-space” after 13 years and as an antithesis to the regular white cube, Autocenter has assumed a much discussed function within Berlin as it has become a platform for showcasing Berlin’s artistic production.