At regular intervals, artists redesign the café at the GfZK – Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig. Its interior design, name, and sometimes even gastronomic offerings change in the process. The new café will open on March 8, 2024 and was conceived by artist Ruth Buchanan as an outpost of the Artspace Aotearoa, which is run by the artist.

Ruth Buchanan’s artistic work includes exhibition-making, writing, design, and teaching. Since November 2022, her practice has primarily revolved around her role as the Kaitohu Director of Artspace Aotearoa. Founded in 1987 by artists and arts workers, the publicly funded contemporary art gallery is located in the heart of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Each year the entire programme orbits around one central question. In 2024, Artspace Aoteaora asks: “do I need territory?” Taking this question as a point of departure, Buchanan declares GfZK’s café to be an outpost of Artspace Aotearoa and names it after the gallery’s address: 292 Karangahape Road. By transferring details from the artspace’s structure, colours, and graphic design to the café, Buchanan invites visitors to participate in a speculative exchange that unfolds over time between Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland and Leipzig.

292 Karangahape Road is run by Max Heyne, Felix Kastl, and Toni Krätzer (TREI GmbH), who already work closely together with the Leipzig cafés dankbar and grato. Their concept envisages both a daytime café serving breakfast, lunch, and coffee and home-baked cakes, as well as a place where guests can come together in the evening for light meals and selected drinks.

Opening hours:
Mon closed
Tue, Weds, Sun 9 am–7 pm
Thu–Sat 9 am–12 am

March 8, 8 pm

Opening hours on March 9:
9 am–5 pm
10 pm-2 am

Contact Café:
Person of contact: Felix Kastl



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