About

The Gallery

Galerie Kommoss, established 2012 in Berlin, is a leading gallery in Europe entirely devoted to Japanese art. The gallery focuses on important Japanese art works bringing together a variety of traditional and contemporary ceramics, paintings, lacquers and other works of art, such as bamboo baskets and sculptural works.

 

Being involved in the academic and museum’s context as well as in the gallery business, we feel a strong responsibility for both, the desires of our globally increasing numbers of private clients for decorative Japanese art as well as for the preservation of cultural and historical artifacts and their accessibility in museums and public institutions. We dedicate our work to source, sustain and provide highest quality works of art in all their facets and to convey Japanese culture to a broader audience.

 

The gallery runs its business in this present online form, but regularly exhibits at international art fairs and is organizing private exhibitions in different locations in Germany, Belgium, Italy, Monaco, Switzerland and many more. If you are interested in a particular art work, please contact us directly or sign up for our newsletter to stay updated about our next events.

The Gallerist

The gallery was etablished by Dr. Fabian Alexander Kommoß. Fabian has completed studies in East Asian art history, Japanese studies and philosophy and has finished his doctoral studies with a double degree in East Asian art history and art history. During his studies, he was granted scholarships by the two most prestigious national programs for excellence in science, the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and Der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft.

 

His dissertation "Die Sichtbarmachung des Unsichtbaren: Visualisierungsstrategien zenbuddhistischer Kunst", finished and published at the Universities of Potsdam (Germany) and Zurich (Switzerland) in 2021, is dealing with the highly challenging topic of invisibility in art. The book examines how the impossibility of imaging enlightenment was one of the (hidden) central themes in the history of Zen Buddhist visual arts.

 

Born in West Berlin, Fabian grew up in the multi-faceted surrounding of national, cultural and ideological interests which shaped his open-minded and cosmopolitan character. He has lived in Japan, where he spend some time in a Shingon and a Zen Buddhist monastery, where he has become a lay monk and where he was trained in Japanese archery (Kyūdō) and traditional tea ceremony (Sadō). Besides that, he has studied and taught East Asian art history in many other Asian countries such as China, South Korea and Taiwan.

 

While traveling a lot, he made the Italian and French Riviera the home base for his family, pursuing some of his main interests beside his business: a smart vegan lifestyle, ecological farming and gardening, different sports such as sailing as well as tackling the serious consequences of climate change through sea protection projects.