“Best of Invites,” 2010. Exhibition view at Wonderloch Kellerland, Berlin. Courtesy Wonderloch Kellerland
In early 2010, Rene Luckhardt founded the nonprofit exhibition space Wonderloch Kellerland within his private apartment. Wonderloch Kellerland is based on the concept of an artist-run off-space, located on the periphery of the art world and, at the same time, right at the center of it. The terms “Kellerloch” and “Wonderland” are programmatic: Kellerloch (“cellar hole”), as Nietzsche explains, refers to Dostoyevsky’s Notes from Underground (Aufzeichnungen aus dem Kellerloch), a state or spiritual space at the cultural periphery. It is a state that one has to go through as an artist—just like Lewis Carroll’s Alice through the rabbit hole—to get into “Wonderland” and gain new energy.
Wonderloch Kellerland has a specific interest in themes, artists, and artworks that deal with the culturally or socially marginalized, and with what can be considered as such. It has also proven to be an alternative platform for artistic exchange, and supports emerging artists by exhibiting their works together with those of internationally well-known artists.
The Los Angeles-based Wonderloch Kellerland satellite was launched in the summer of 2011. The new space is operated and designed by Hans-Peter Thomas. The opening exhibition was an exchange group show with Berlin- and LA-based artists. Documentation of all exhibitions can be found at: www.wonderloch-kellerland.org.