Esther Schipper was founded in 1989 in Cologne.
The gallery is especially known for exhibiting and finding markets for ephemeral and time-based conceptual projects and for the longstanding and continuous collaborations with its artists, whose work spans across a wide spectrum of practices.
Many of the artists with whom Esther Schipper has worked since the 1990s, among them Angela Bulloch, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Liam Gillick, Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno, are central figures in radically rethinking the exhibition as a form and taking it as a critical medium.
After opening a project space in Berlin in 1995, the gallery moved its entire operations to the German Capital in 1997. In Spring 2017, the gallery inaugurated its new, much larger premises to accommodate the demands of the wide range of exhibition practices in its steadily growing program of internationally recognized artists. In 2018, Esther Schipper opened a Bookstore within the gallery space.
Currently the gallery represents 45 artists and estates: Rosa Barba, The Estate of Stefan Bertalan, Martin Boyce, Matti Braun, AA Bronson, Sarah Buckner, Angela Bulloch, Nathan Carter, Etienne Chambaud, David Claerbout, Thomas Demand, Jean-Pascal Flavien, Ceal Floyer, Simon Fujiwara, Ryan Gander, The Estate of General Idea, Francesco Gennari, Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Rodney Graham, Andrew Grassie, Grönlund-Nisunen, Martin Honert, Pierre Huyghe, Ann Veronica Janssens, Christoph Keller, Gabriel Kuri, Jac Leirner, Liu Ye, Isa Melsheimer, Prabhavathi Meppayil, Ari Benjamin Meyers, The Estate of Florin Mitroi, Roman Ondak, Philippe Parreno, Ugo Rondinone, Christopher Roth, Cemile Sahin, Anri Sala, Karin Sander, Julia Scher, Tino Sehgal, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, The Work of Hito Steyerl, and Tao Hui.
In 2019, the gallery celebrated its 30th anniversary.