The christian berst gallery is specialized in art brut. By presenting the contemporary aspect of art brut, the gallery implies that it cannot be confined neither in a period of time nor in a geographical perimeter not even in a formal spectrum. What is at stake here is rather the notion of individual mythology, dear to Harald Szeemann.
The gallery - situated in the Marais area in a space of 200m ², distinguishes itself by its exhibitions (seven a year) entrusted to well-known curators (Jean-Hubert Martin, Gaël Charbau, Bruno Decharme, Stéphane Corréard), by its participations in international fairs (NADA New York, NADA Miami, Drawing Now, Dallas Art Fair, Officielle FIAC), its numerous publications (a bilingual catalog is published for every exhibition), the organization of conferences (with the participation of Christian Boltanski, Philippe Dagen, Jean de Loisy, Laurent Derobert, Catherine Millet and Antoine de Galbert) as well as video projections and other cultural events (CHOICES, Un dimanche à la galerie...), always aiming to invite a large public into the mysterious realms of art brut.
The gallery also develops different projects outside its boundaries (Passage pas sage) and collaborates with many other institutions (Palais de Tokyo, Hayward gallery, Quai Branly, Mamco Genève, Maison Victor Hugo...).
Several artists represented by the gallery recently joined prestigious public collections: Centre Pompidou (Michel Nedjar, Lubos Plny), MOMA (Dan Miller, Henry Darger, James Castle), The Museum of modern art of the city of Paris (Henry Darger), The MET (Mary T. Smith, ).
Several of them also appeared in the selection for the Biennial of Venice 2013 (Eugène von Bruenchenhein, Guo Fengyi, Anna Zemankova).
Since 2016, the gallery is a part of galeries mode d’emploi (GME).