The 418 Gallery was founded in Bucharest in 2008. The gallery was established by Dr Joana Grevers, an art historian of Romanian origin and Guy K. Williamson, an American art collector.
Since 2017 the gallery has its headquarters in Cetate and became the first rural gallery in Romania. The generous architectural space is an unusual environment in an ideal match to our young cutting edge artists working on a big scale. Here they can develop their skills, construct unrestricted installations and create land art. Stefan Radu Cretu’s magic kinetic works, Albert Kaan’s gracious installations, Cristian Raduta’s fabulous creatures or his abstract works in concrete, just to name a few, find their way and place in and around the former buildings from an agricultural Estate. Even the upcoming young painter, Petrica Stefan lately also started to work in a new medium embracing land art.
On the other hand, since the beginnings the gallery is dedicated to the survey of the Romanian avant-garde of the sixties and seventies, a few artists who were creating abstract art behind the Iron Curtain at a time when Socialist Realism was imposed. Romul Nutiu developed his own form of Abstract Expressionism; Diet Sayler focused on geometrical abstraction and Minimal art; Vincentiu Grigorescu was initially concentrated on geometrical abstraction, later on the materiality of the canvas.
The gallery considers Abstract Expressionism behind the Iron Curtain to be a highly relevant topic. Therefore it represents also Edo Murtic from Croatia and Andrej Jemec from Slovenia, who were already on this path in the late 50s.
Since 2008, 418 Gallery and the Joana Grevers Foundation organise every summer the Cetate Arts Danube Residency, a workshop for Romanian and international artists on the former family estate. Here new boundaries have been created with Constantin Luser, Stefan Papco, Ignazio Mortellaro, Maggie Michael, Simon Iurino, Vikenti Komitski, and others.
Our activities aim to create a solid, representative and reliable profile of a Romanian contemporary art gallery, in the emerging Eastern European art market, supporting the young talent and rediscovering the avant-garde.
Since 2017 we also have a branch office in Munich, where the majority of our works are stored. We also hold private viewings at regular intervals in our space.
418 Gallery Founders
Joana Grevers was born in Bucharest, Romania; in 1983 she achieved the MD from the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, Germany and subsequently completed her doctoral thesis in medicine in 1986 at the same University. In 1997 Joana Grevers achieved her PhD in Art History from the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich. She is the Director of the Foundation Joana Grevers which sustains art projects in Romania, member of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Advisory Board and a member of the Acquisition Committee of Russian & Eastern European Art of the Tate Gallery in London.
Guy K. Williamson born in Maryland, USA, holds a BSC in Psychology from the University of Arizona 1980 and achieved in 1983 his MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, State University of Arizona.