This year Liste Art Fair in Basel has announced that Peter Bläuer, its founder and director over the last 23 years, will retire and hand the fair over to a non-profit foundation while seeking a replacement for his position.
When we took part in Liste for the first time it was 2004 and we had actually little idea about the commercial aspect of running a gallery. The art market in Warsaw was not developed and there was literally nowhere to get the experience from so both we and our artists had yet to learn the tricks of the trade from the bottom up. But our first time at Liste wasn’t learning the hard way, it was the opposite. We were utterly captivated by the spirit of the fair and all its qualities that still to this day make it a unique endeavor: its ease, warmth and sense of humor. We were also shocked by the amount of people interested in the artists we represented, and how relaxed, easygoing and friendly the atmosphere and thus our contacts with the collectors were.
Liste was always also a major artistic inspiration and simply a beginning of a beautiful friendship with so many other gallerists. Our artists got to be part of many exciting shows all over the world thanks to it, and we were inspired to start one of our big international projects, the Villa, which is organized together with some of the great galleries that we met under the Warteck tent.
Looking back at our rookie times at Liste, we see and appreciate how Peter’s vision of the fair has influenced and shaped our gallery as an institution of an international program, but at the same time striving support and develop the local art scene and market in Poland. We thank Peter for all his great work and wish him all the best in the future.
Read more about Liste directorial changes on Artsy.net