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2022, English
13.5×21.5 cm, 160 pages, 38 color and 25 b/w ill., softcover
ISBN 978-3-95679-627-2
Amy Patton
Boy Vereecken with Antoine Begon

Andy Warhol, Isa Genzken, On Kawara, Rosemarie Trockel—Johann König grew up surrounded by great artists and their art. His hometown of Cologne was recognized as Europe’s art capital in the 1980s, largely because of his family’s work in the field. The art world, as a result, became his extended family. His father, the renowned curator Kasper König, took him on trips to Jeff Koons’s studio in New York; Nam June Paik became his godfather after a “Fluxus baptism”; Gerhard Richter was the best man at his parents’ wedding. When Johann was eleven, a tragic accident caused him to lose almost all eyesight. Isolated from the world, he found salvation in contemporary art. And when he was only twenty, he took the risk of starting his own gallery.

What does it mean to become a gallery owner when you can’t see? How can you access art if you can’t rely on your eyes? In this memoir, Johann König recounts his unique upbringing and equally unique approach to art, one shaped by circumstance and ambition. With distinctive candor, he offers insight into the art world from the perspective of both a true believer and an innovator. Today, with a spectacular gallery located in a Brutalist church in Berlin, he continues his family’s legacy while redefining what it means to see art.

Johann König is a gallery owner. The New York Times has described him as “one of Germany’s most influential young art dealers.” Since 2015, his gallery has been operating in the converted St. Agnes Church in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district. The artists he represents feature in museums and collections around the world.

Daniel Schreiber is the author of Susan Sontag: A Biography (2014) and three best-selling essay collections.


“A kind of personal statement of faith, and it makes for touching and sometimes funny reading … A fascinating text.”

— Kito Nedo,


“A very entertaining book.”

— Kolja Reichert,

Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung

“Open and unabashed … Refreshing in the gallery business.”

— Tobias Timm,

Die Zeit