Established by Harry Blain and Graham Southern in 2010, Blain|Southern is committed to supporting some of the most challenging and progressive international contemporary artists. The gallery has a diverse curatorial program of exhibitions which are realized in our gallery spaces in London and Berlin. Our program embraces diverse media by artists from all over the world. It aims to promote a spectrum of art practice which shapes the contemporary landscape and pushes the boundaries of artistic expression.
Blain|Southern has held several momentous exhibitions for the artists and estates that it works with. This year, the gallery will host a series of exhibitions with fully illustrated catalogues, having begun with Ali Banisadr followed by Nasan Tur and Francesco Clemente in London, and Abdoulaye Konaté followed by François Morellet in Berlin.
Along with its exhibition program, Blain|Southern supports its artists’ broader activities, including museum retrospectives and external projects. In 2015 Blain|Southern has been involved in planning exhibitions of Wim Wenders at Villa e Collezione Panza, Varese, and Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf, and has organized an exhibition of Lynn Chadwick at the Boboli and Bardini Gardens, Florence. In 2014, a retrospective of Bill Viola opened at the Grand Palais to wide acclaim.
The gallery strives to encourage the placement of primary works in public collections. In 2014, St. Paul’s Cathedral commissioned Bill Viola to create a permanent artwork which will be gifted to Tate Modern.