Lindenstrasse 20-22
D-50674 Köln

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About the Gallery
Founded as Galerie Susanne Zander in 1988, Delmes & Zander’s gallery program is dedicated to Art Brut and Outsider Art. With a focus on the discovery and promotion of unique artistic practices that fall outside the borders of conventional categories, the gallery’s exhibitions have systematically expanded prevailing concepts and definitions of art. In recent years, the gallery has increasingly presented works by anonymous artists, ranging from an album of 19th-century French photo-collages to a portfolio of erotic drawings from the 1970s and ‘80s. Exhibition series such as “Artist Unknown,” “Evidence of Ecstasy,” and “The Erotic Outsider” have examined such distinctive themes as pseudoscience, eroticism and voyeurism, and the occult. The gallery is also devoted to the reappraisal and preservation of artists’ estates, including those of Horst Ademeit, Adelhyd van Bender, and Aurel Iselstöger. The conceptual emphasis in the gallery’s exhibitions is meant to raise questions about the reception and historical contextualization of singular artistic positions produced outside of the mainstream art world.


Alexandru Chira
Exhibition view of Delmes & Zander at Independent New York, 2018. 
Courtesy of Independent. Photo: Etienne Frossard. 

The gallery's first-ever exhibition in 1992, Arnulf Rainer, Art Brut Hommagen
Courtesy of Delmes & Zander, Photo by: Dietmar Schneider

Horst Ademeit, Living in the Radiant Cold, 2016
Courtesy of Delmes & Zander

Adelhyd van Bender as exhibited by Delmes & Zander at Independent New York 2015.