As exhibitions are canceled and most art galleries are closed, due to the pandemic, German Coronavirus vaccination centers gave artists a creative way to show their art, and distract patients. Gereon Krebber, a sculptor and professor at the Düsseldorf Art Academy, started this idea, together with the city government of Bottrop. This way, patients get a vaccine dose and can enjoy an unconventional art gallery.
Gereon Krebber, a Cologne-based artist had been preparing a solo exhibition for months, in Bottrop. It came clear that the show would have to be postponed once again, due to the pandemic. Together, with the government, they created a less conventional place to display artworks, an indoor vaccination center. This creative idea gave the artists the opportunity to interact with the public again, showcasing their creations in an alternative art gallery.
Right now, people have Netflix and Amazon, but in my option, that doesn’t supply us with enough. It supplies us with something that is more mediated. This experience is unmediated. It’s about engaging with what is directly in front of youGereon Krebber
A growing number of cities are joing this iniciative, incluinding Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis, Trier, Roth, Freising, Ludwigshafen, Oberhaching, and Kronach. Most of the museums, art galleries, and other cultural centers are closed since November in Germany, and it’s estimated to keep this way until March.
The city of Straubing was one of the first places to adopt this idea. After the Straubing’s Association of Fine Artists exhibition was canceled, the pieces were transported to the nearby vaccination center, rather than asking the 42 artists to take their artworks back home. In total, within a day, 84 works of art were on display in the unusual art gallery.
Here, the art is not in a designated gallery space and there are people here who wouldn’t normally go to an exhibition. They’re confronted with original works of art and have the time to really engage with them if they choose.Gereon Krebber
A number of the works of art available have already been sold, which is an important help for artists who have been struggling financially during the pandemic. Also, it’s estimated that until June, tens of thousands of visitors will have seen this unique “art gallery”, and most of them spend more than 2 hours in the vaccination center, having a lot of time to enjoy the artworks, and giving artists the chance to reach a completely different audience!