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Mai 36 Galerie was founded in 1987 by Victor Gisler. The opening exhibition was held with Les Levine in 1988 at Maihofstrasse 36 in Lucerne. Since 1996, the gallery is located in a three-story townhouse in the center of Zurich, near the Kunsthaus.

Mai 36 Galerie presents and promotes the work of emerging and established international contemporary artists. 

For more than 25 years, Mai 36 Galerie has been working with John Baldessari, Stephan Balkenhol, Troy Brauntuch, Pia Fries, Matt Mullican, Christoph Rütimann, Thomas Ruff, Lawrence Weiner and Rémy Zaugg. In addition, the estates of Luigi Ghirri, Peter Hujar, General Idea, Christian Lindow, Robert Mapplethorpe, Paul Thek and Daan Van Golden are represented by the gallery. 

The gallery continuously features the work of the artists in gallery exhibitions and publications as well as at international art fairs such as Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Basel Hong Kong, Frieze London, Fiac Paris, Arco Madrid and Zona Maco Mexico City. Since its beginning, Mai 36 Galerie has been working with museums and public institutions around the world and has gained a reputation for longstanding and continuous collaborations with its artists.

35 YEARS OF HISTORY

1987
Victor Gisler Founds Mai 36 Galerie at Maihofstrasse 36, Lucerne

1988
Inaugural Exhibition With Les Levine «Create Yourself»

1988
First Solo-Exhibitions With David Hockney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Matt Mullican, Thomas Ruff, Lawrence Weiner

1989
First Solo-Exhibitions With Vito Acconci, Stephan Balkenhol, General Idea, Rémy Zaugg

1989
First Art Fair Participation: Arco Madrid & Art Basel

1991
First Solo-Exhibition With John Baldessari

1992
Gallery Moves to Dufourstrasse 137, Zurich

1993
First Solo-Exhibition With the Estate of Paul Thek

1995
First Solo-Exhibition With Andreas Gursky

1996
Gallery Relocates to Rämistrasse 37, Zurich

1996
Victor Gisler Joins Art Basel Committee

1999
First Solo-Exhibition With Franz Ackermann and Rita McBride

2002
First Art Basel Miami Beach Participation

2009
First Solo-Exhibition With the Estate of Luigi Ghirri

2011
Victor Gisler Visits Cuba and Starts Representing Raúl Cordero, Flavio Garciandía, Michel Peréz Pollo

2015
First Art Basel Hong Kong Participation

2018
Gallery Expands Into Three-Story Townhouse

2020
36.1 Projects Initiated to Introduce and Promote Emerging Artists

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