Located in the heart of Karlsruhe, Germany. A vibrant cultural city in the border triangle of Germany, Switzerland, and France. DCS CONTEMPORARY produces exhibitions, publications, discursive, and learning experiences to forge an interpretive understanding of local and global phenomena in art and society.

The gallery works with talented local and global artists of renowned stature and offers spaces to young artists it considers promising. We support our artists in dynamic exhibitions and projects and pay special attention to our audiences and clients’ intellectual and aesthetic interests. Creating bridges between artists and art passionate.

With over 20 years of experience in the arts, Founder and Director Dr. Dana Corina Schmidt embrace diasporic voices, utilizing the space as a platform for exhibitions, museum visitations, public lectures, performing arts, new media. As well as a meeting point for artists, curators, scholars, and writers.

Contemporary Art Gallery

Karlstrasse 43, 76133 Karlsruhe
E: gallery@dcscontemporary.com www.dcscontemporary.com

Past exhibitions

June 16, 2023

Karlstrasse 43, Karlsruhe

Cyber Island

Curator: Horea Avram

An island is a real place and, at the same time, an ideal site. Island is a widespread motif in almost every culture, most often described as a special, out-of-this-world land. For how else such a place can be as long as it is surrounded by waters, since it is born of waters, confronting the waters. The references to the theme of the island are multiple: from the Greek Mythology’s Isles of the Blessed (or The Fortunate Isles), to the Arthurian legend of Avalon, from Hinduism’s idea of island as a symbol of (inner) peace, to the island as a heterotopia of deviance, as Foucault has put it, this time in the digital sphere.

All these layers of meanings are somehow present in Adrian Grecu’s islands, even if these cultural references do not appear explicitly. They don’t even have to! What emanates from Grecu’s images instead is the spiritual and symbolic dimension of the island as a kind of isolated reality, a magical world that is not necessarily true and, at the same time, a space for the manifestation of one’s own identity, of self-searching, the terrain of free expression of the imagination.

Adrian Grecu’s artistic imagination dwells in the digital space. And this for almost 30 years, since he is a veteran of digital art, at least in his part of the world. The motif of the island appeared in the ’90s when he produced the first CGI images. The island was then rather the sign of a critical attitude towards an alienating (post)totalitarian society, a representation of the isolation felt in relationship with a distant Europe then still defined on the ruins of the Iron Curtain. This first interpretation of the island – with the skeleton suggesting life and death, a sort of updated Vanitas – set an important precedent for his work, and not only at the discursive level. Adrian Grecu remained firmly committed to the digital, to 3D modeling, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality interactions and applications.

The exhibition “Cyber ​​Island”, constitutes an overview and a sort of fulfillment of this long-time preoccupations, both in terms of the symbolic and/or political references, and in terms of the visual approach and CGI techniques employed. This time, as the artist maintains, “the space has evolved towards organic, towards the vegetal, towards emphasizing details and fluid characters, similar to thinking processes, in a continuous, dynamic transformation.” Moreover, the element of time, present in the animations on the screens and in the Augmented Reality application which plausibly relates the physical object to the virtual world, gives the works not only the authenticity of the meeting with the viewer, but also the suggestion of a stream of consciousness.

Indeed, the subtle use of meanings beyond the appearance of things is one of the main preoccupations of the artist Adrian Grecu. This is how the central theme of the “Cyber ​​Island” should be seen: a reference to the idea of ​​journey, of search and experimentation, a reference to the creation of a (cyber)-place where the imaginary becomes possibility.

Horea Avram

Horea Avram is an art historian, media theorist and independent curator. He researches and writes about art and visual culture in relationship with media technology. Associate Professor at the Department of Cinema and Media, Faculty of Theatre and Film, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Curator for Romania at the Venice Biennale, 1999. He organizes exhibitions for: National Museum for Contemporary Arts Bucharest, InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre Toronto, Society for Arts and Technology [SAT] Montreal, Art Museum Cluj, Art Museum Arad, NAG10 Bucharest, Plan B Gallery Cluj, Spațiu Intact Cluj, Paintbrush Factory Cluj, Jecza Gallery Timişoara, Atelier 35 Bucharest etc.

Member of various professional associations such as: NECS – European Network for Cinema and Media Studies, International Society for Intermedial Studies (ISIS), The Union of Visual Artists (UAP), Romania. Member and past president of the AFCN Council – Administration of the National Cultural Fund, Romania. President of AICA-Romania (International Association of Art Critics).

MITTWOCH, 26.04.2023, 19:00 Uhr

Karlstrasse 43, Karlsruhe


Iryna Baliura

March 8, 2023

Karlstrasse 43, Karlsruhe

APRIL 30, 2022, 6 p.m.

Karlstrasse 43, Karlsruhe

“Contemporary Caribbean”

– Unearthing Dialogues –

“An encounter is only the beginning of a separation”

Tony Capellan – Caribbean Contemporary Artist-


Caribbean contemporary art is neither wholly indebted to Euro-American artistic traditions nor without its modernisms alongside the contemporary. The group of artists presenting new media expressions [time-based, video, and digital imaging] is committed to making clear that critical narratives are shaped by playful constructions of different new ways of seeing in contemporary art.

Artists are always eager to experiment with new tools, so it’s no surprise that digital media can also offer a creative playground. The group of selected artists’ works parallel with other artistic media. [From painting and drawing to performance.] This New Media selection surveys how Caribbean artists explore digital possibilities and shape how we experience time-based and digital images. As with most fields of human endeavor, digital imaging and information technology have revolutionized art at so many levels that the digital is less a genre or medium than a methodological approach.

The group of Caribbean artists’ time-based works are fragments of memory, imagination, and personal experiences. They are presented as memory-making of the Caribbean as an archipelago and diaspora in shared relation. Caribbean communities are forged, often through artistic expression despite fragmentation and difference across language, geography, and history.

Each artwork draws on the personal and collective memory of multiple lived realities, histories, and art histories across the Caribbean and its diaspora.


Jorge Luis Gutierrez

Curatorial Advisor DCS contemporary

“Contemporary Caribbean” forward

“Visual surprise is natural in the Caribbean; it comes with the landscape, and faced with its beauty, the sigh of History dissolves. “
Derek Walcott
– Caribbean poet. Nobel Prize in Literature –

A few months after the opening of the DCS contemporary gallery in the heart of Karlsruhe, as Founder-Director, I proudly present the “Contemporary Caribbean” –Unearthing Dialogues – exhibition.

A trailblazing selection of renowned contemporary artists emerged from the Caribbean. The exhibition is an open dialogue to understand better the development of contemporary arts across the Caribbean region and its Diasporas.

The truth, however, is that the Caribbean, even as a geographical expression, is a very imprecise place that is difficult to define. Populated by a diverse polyglot of peoples, which in whatever combinations of race, religion, language, and culture cohere and coexist. There are Europeans, Africans, Asian Indians, Indonesian Javanese. As well as Chinese, Aboriginal Indians, and many mixes. Perhaps like no other World region so richly varied.

DCS contemporary is an art space committed to including new voices and perspectives into the art experience as a crossed dialogue of cultures. Recent decades have witnessed concerns over representation diversity, inclusion, and equity. It moved from the margins to the center of visual arts, galleries, and museum practice.

The exhibition breaks new ground and makes a valuable contribution to socially engaged thinking and practice in the arts. It not only makes a vivid, compelling case for inclusive curating but provides experiential approaches to enjoy, better understand and take the work forward of the heart-warming Caribbean artists.

The spaces of DCS contemporary will become an open window for music and literary expressions. And of artistic and curatorial dialogues, workshops, and information about contemporary Caribbean art and culture. An authentic German- Caribbean culture crossed conversation.

I wish to thank our audience and the magnificent artists on behalf of the DCS contemporary team, partners, and sponsors. Significantly when creative expressiveness can contribute to uniting artists and all people worldwide. It is as they claim new identities emanating new unearthing dialogues.


Dr. Dana Corina Schmidt

Founder – Director DCS contemporary

ART & Music


Music: Decebal Badila, Marius Preda

Art evening with photographer and artist DASHA: paintings, photographs and graphic collection.

Amazing musicians will perform for you in a unique creative atmosphere!


DCS CONTEMPORARY, Karlstrasse 43, 76133 Karlsruhe, Germany

27 November / 18:00




October 2nd, 2021, 16:00




This selected group of artists is the best definition of the diverse global geographies in a constantly changing world. By in large, the artists’ work, included in this exhibition, rather than analyzing, describing, establishing prefigured contexts, they create from their personal, historical, and cultural circumstances. As it emerges from diverse visions of the world, from their imagery and perspectives. The borderlines thus cease, creating an outstanding synergy of new cultural subjects, energies, and expressions, bursting forth from all sides without national or regional surnames.

The artists included: Isabel Gomez Liebre, Murtathada Al –Jassani, Anmol Mathur, Stefan Beiu, Alfredo Caballero, Anca Sonia, Tina Chirita, Francisco Gordillo, Oana Nelus, Alberto Fernandez Reyes, Miguel Pavel, Lala Rahim, Peter Hillert, Radu Șerban and Dasha Eremeeva.

The eclectic and asymmetric display of artworks is based upon the vision that contemporary art of post-pandemic times does not necessarily depend on the gracious acceptance of Western art patterns. But on complex processes of alternative subjectivities, diverse expressions, and stroke of senses from memory, imagination, and personal experiences.

This exhibition at the heart of Karlsruhe is the departure of an amazing cultural journey. It is by bringing together artists creating moments of shared visions and embracing dialogues. As it will perhaps serve to envision that the beauty of difference is a gesture of affirmation of the universal condition of all humans.