Encounter was founded by Alexander Caspari in 2014. The gallery curates academically rigorous and immersive exhibitions, working with a core group of leading emerging and established international contemporary artists. We have successfully realised over forty curatorial projects across public and private spaces throughout London. Since its inception, Encounter has focused on building dynamic relationships with both new and established collectors, institutions, and foundations, who are dedicated to supporting diverse contemporary art practices.
In Autumn 2022, Encounter launched its first permanent space in Lisbon. The gallery, comprised of seven exhibition rooms, two viewing rooms, and a sculpture garden, will be located in a large 19th Century apartment on Rua de São Bernardo next to Jardim da Estrela and The British Embassy.
For Lisbon Art Weekend- Encounter presents work by Anthony Cairns who is based in London and works across photography, installation and sculpture. Preoccupied with the material process of photography and its intrinsic interplay with technology, at the root of Cairns’ practice is the fusing of advanced means of image reproduction with traditional processes.
After a long collaboration with Collector Heiner Friedrich (founder of Dia Art Foundation), Fred Jahn founded Galerie Fred Jahn in Munich in 1978. Since then the focus of his program has been on international contemporary artists such as Georg Baselitz, Gerhard Richter, Per Kirkeby, and Fred Sandback.
In 2008, Matthias Jahn opened his own gallery at Baaderstraße in Munich, which initially concentrated on young artists from Günther Förg’s milieu. The gallery later expanded its program to likewise engage with international contemporary art. In 2017, Fred Jahn and Matthias Jahn’s galleries merged to form Jahn und Jahn (in Munich).
For Lisbon Art Weekend- Jahn & Jahn presents “14 rooms” featuring work from Heinz Butz, Fernanda Fragateiro, Imi Knoebel, and Kirsten Ortwed. By including the works of artists represented by the gallery, and the participation of one invited Portuguese artist, Jahn und Jahn underlines the long-term commitment to the new location and the future potential of this project. The exhibition title 14 rooms refers to the typology of the new gallery location, a 19th Century apartment that, thanks to its characteristic sequence of rooms and structural particularities, allows multiple possibilities of dialogue and display. All artworks that have been carefully selected for this presentation are characterized by a naturally playful as well as a conceptual approach to materials and colors in combination with a subtle spectrum of minimalistic forms and haptic contours. The arrangement within the exhibition space aims to emphasize delicate relationships and reinforce the dialogue between different artistic practices. From sculpture to works on paper and installation, the opening show revisits different contexts and modalities of experimentation developed throughout the years.