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Ruttkowski;68, founded in 2010 by Nils Müller, is a Cologne, Düsseldorf, New York and Paris-based art gallery.
The gallery concentrates on a broad range of practices within contemporary art, including painting, time-based media art, sculpture and installation, whilst following a non-hierarchical approach towards several scenes and artistic backgrounds.
By representing both emerging and established artists rooted in fine arts, fashion, pop culture and youth movements, Ruttkowski;68 manages to create an ever-evolving link between the high and the low.
Named after Sven Ruttkowski, a DJ and nightlife impresario who was prematurely struck down whilst deejaying in the year of the galleries’ establishment, Ruttkowski;68 resided its first few years in the former apartment of its eponym in Bismarckstraße 68.
The tireless effort of the gallery led to two spatial expansions after only a short period of existence. After taking over an adjacent commercial space in Bismarckstraße, Ruttkowski;68 can today be found in a former industrial building in Cologne’s emerging Ehrenfeld district.
The initial location of the gallery remains as a project room under the name of Pop;68, offering space to curatorial projects and experimental solo exhibitions of emerging artists and young creatives.
With the opening of three additional locations, Ruttkowski;68 has expanded internationally in recent years. In 2018, a new gallery space opened in the heart of Paris’s Marais district, which stands for an ongoing exchange with French artists.
In 2021, another important mainstay in the Rhineland opened its doors in Düsseldorf, in direct neighborhood to Kunstsammlung NRW and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf.
At the beginning of 2023, a new chapter in the gallery’s activities was started with the opening of a space in New York City. Located on Cortland Alley in Downtown Manhattan, Ruttkowski;68 continues and expands its artistic dialogue overseas within a global zeitgeist.
Besides publishing exhibition catalogues, Ruttkowski;68 regularly engages with curatorial projects such as the overarching exhibition series Mixed Pickles, ensuring the visibility of the artists represented by the gallery as well as underlining its stance in between disciplines.
Ruttkowski;68 constantly participates in international art fairs