In the gallery we connect conceptual artists from different generations. Following the influence of Dieter Roth, Tomas Schmit, Jimmie Durham, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Robert Filliou and other artists of the first period of conceptual art movements in Europe we collaborated with the Fluxus and the conceptual scene. In addition we discovered and established during the years the career of many younger international artists, for example Haegue Yang (South Corea), Nina Canell (Sweden), Abraham Cruzvillegas (Mexico), Mariana Castillo Deball (Mexico), Dave McKenzie (USA), Elisabeth Neudörfl, Peter Piller (Germany). The gallery and bookshop provide since its existence a whole cultural program to the public in Berlin: lectures, filmscreenings, book presentations etc.. In our publishing acitivities (Wiens Verlag) we edited art books which are meanwhile sourcebooks for art historians: for example Dieter Roth Collected Interviews and Tomas Schmit Dreizehn Montagsgespräche. In 1998 our gallery made possible to publish and show for the first time the now famous art work DIE TOTEN by Hans-Peter Feldmann. At the moment we are preparing the second volume of Jimmie Durham’s Poems That Do Not Go Together.
In 1988 Barbara Wien started a bookshop for artists’ books, art books, writings by artists, rare books since 1960 (Fluxus, Conceptual Art, artists’ movements since 1960), conceptual photography books, editions, multiples, graphic art, videos, and DVDs, and a gallery. Meanwhile around 40 artists’ publications were produced and edited in Wiens Verlag. In 1994 Barbara Wien edited the collected texts by Arthur Köpcke and in 2002 the collected interviews by Dieter Roth. Since 2009 Wilma Lukatsch is the co-partner of Barbara Wien in the gallery, bookshop and publishing house. Amongst other book and audio projects Wien and Lukatsch edited and published in 2008 the interview book Tomas Schmit / Wilma Lukatsch, Dreizehn Montagsgespräche. In 2009 they founded the tomas schmit archiv, Berlin. On the website www.tomasschmit.com they published the complete oeuvre catalogue by Tomas Schmit.