In 2013 Michael Dooney established Galerie Pavlova as the first and only gallery in Europe with a focus on contemporary photography from Australia and New Zealand.
The art world is an already competitive environment and given the physical distance between Europe and these two unique countries, it is all the more difficult for their respective artists to gain exposure overseas. Having experienced the genuine curiosity that exists for these distant lands, Michael wanted to create a platform to present their work to a new and interested audience. Berlin is consistently hailed as the new cultural capital within Europe and with the increased international attention it was the obvious choice for the gallery’s location.
Michael operates Galerie Pavlova with an institutional model and ethos, despite it being a commercial gallery. Acting as a window to contemporary photography from Australia and New Zealand, one aim of Galerie Pavlova is to provide a forum for dialogue and cultural exchange with the German & European audience. Future plans include assisted residencies, publications and collaboration with other institutes.
Galerie Pavlova made a strong début, exhibiting Between Worlds from Polixeni Papapetrou. Following Between Worlds the Frühlings Salon (spring salon) presented the work of 20 different photographers from Australia & New Zealand, giving younger emerging artists the opportunity to be presented alongside their more established contemporaries. In summer Michael brought together five Berlin based photographers who produced a body of work in the German photographic tradition of typology. An artist talk was held coinciding with the Typologien group show, giving insight into the German influence on Australian & New Zealand photography. The current and final show for 2014 Transcendental, is a showcase of new Australian abstract photography, which challenges the limits and expectations of the photographic medium.
Plans continue into 2015 with the gallery looking forward to attending its first art fair and showcasing more Australian & New Zealand contemporary photography.
Interview with Bpigs Magazine March 2014.