Art meets business

Various artists. Critical topics. Interactive events.

From Business…

As a manager and supervisory board member with decades of experience in introducing new technology, I am eager to do things differently and in an innovative way – and am particularly interested in how the German and international economy can become more open, digital and inclusive.

…to Art.

With my gallery, I want to give impulses to our economy and society – through art that stimulates reflection and rethinking. I am neither a professional nor an experienced collector. I let myself be guided by what inspires me and entices me to pause.

Take a virtual tour through my gallery!

New exhibition “Architektur – Figur – Landschaft”: photographs and graphics by Rolf Reiner Maria Borchard

Rolf Reiner Maria Borchard once described his retirement in 2006 as the start of a second, completely free life. In recent years, he has dedicated himself to landscape and still photography, which he vividly documented in a total of nine illustrated books. In his photographs, the former professor at the Muthesis-Fachhochschule in Kiel concentrates on the structure of landscape elements such as houses, streets or trees – and, at the same time, pays attention to details and lines. The subject matter is often Kiel or its immediate surroundings.

Since early 2020, Borchard has devoted himself to another medium in addition to photography: digital graphics. In contrast to the artist’s planned photographs, these are created spontaneously and can be adapted and changed again and again in the course of the creation process. The limitations of his chosen program “Pages”, which was designed as a writing program, become part of the art and lead to two-dimensional results. The result are drawings that show a desire for freedom and lightness and thus form a counterpart to the structured nature of the photographs. Borchard himself says: “By combining the two media, I can present myself more fully – and show that every person has very different facets.”

The vernissage for “Architektur – Figur – Landschaft ” will take place on October 2, 3 and 4, starting at 6 pm. Due to coronavirus restrictions,  we kindly ask you to register in advance via email to (please state the date you would like to visit).

Meet my current artist: Rolf Reiner Maria Borchard

Curious what Rolf Reiner Maria Borchard has to say about the art showcased at my gallery? You can meet him every Wednesday and Friday from 2 to 6 pm at the gallery for insights and personal tours through the exhibition. Please keep in mind the current hygiene regulations – make sure to wear a mask and keep your distance from other visitors. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Prelude Frequenz Festival – Visual Landscapes at Galerie Simone Menne

To make art tangible and create space for it is both a huge challenge and a highly topical issue during the current Corona crisis. I am all the more pleased to try out new forms of art presentation right now – this time in cooperation with the organizers of the Kiel festival “Frequenz – Musik Heute” as well as the city of Kiel and the Dänische Strasse.

The new event series “Visual Landscape – Public Spaces” will kick off on Friday, 25 September 2020 at 7 pm with an open-air event in and at the Simone Menne Gallery. Works by Robert Seidel, master student of Neo Rausch, the artist and composer Alexandra Hallen, the artist and lecturer Liu Chang from Shanghai, the Danish artist Rikke Benborg and the author and filmmaker Jan van Hasselt will be presented. The video screenings are displayed at the windows of my gallery, this way the entire exhibition can be experienced open-air. I am very curious to see the synergies of art and space that will be created.

The event is free of charge. You are all very welcome. If possible, please register here:

Registration Frequenz Festival

Archive of past exhibitions

How to find us

The gallery Simone Menne is located in the Alte Feuerwache Kiel, in the middle of the city centre. The easiest way to reach us is by public transport, e.g. bus line 11 from Kiel main station. If you come by car, you can use one of the surrounding car parks (Parkhaus Jensendamm, Parkhaus Schlossgarage). Opening hours: Every Saturday, 10am – 2pm

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