“We show young art that touches, inspires and creates lasting joy – cosmopolitan, exciting and with a sense of beauty.“
This is how Margot Schmitz and Michael Schmitz, the owners of AG18, describe the purpose of the gallery. It was founded in the fall of 2018.
AG 18 provides a platform for young Austrian and international art and strives to establish solid, long-term collaborations with artists and encourage their development and recognition. AG18 artists reflect on their origins while taking a global perspective. They are curious, open-minded and value diversity.
AG18 exhibits and promotes artists who surprise with strong visual positions. They are shaped by urban life and open up new perspectives on urbanity and its global linkages.
So far, the gallery has presented exhibitions with artists from Germany, England, France, Greece, Italy, Israel, Kenya, Mexico, Austria, Portugal, Romania, Ukraine, Uruguay.
AG18 focuses on urban contemporary visual art, with a wide international spectrum and cultural inclusion. Young African art will be a new focus for the gallery, starting with the exhibition “Beauty and the Viewer,” which we have created in collaboration with the African Artist Foundation in Lagos. Led by its director, internationally renowned curator Azu Nwagbogu.