Rainer Greschik

Rainer Greschik (b. 1943 in Hohenlinde near Bytom, Upper Silesia) is a German architect who also stands out as a collector of African art.


Rainer Greschik grew up in Baden-Württemberg and graduated from high school in Schopfheim (Lörrach district) in 1962. From 1964 to 1970 Greschik studied architecture at the Technical University of Berlin - among others at the chair of Werner Düttmann - and earned the academic degree of Diplom-Ingenieur. Greschik is married and has two children. He lives and works in Berlin.

Architect's office

In 1970, on the basis of several first prizes in architectural competitions, he founded, together with Tilmann Kälberer and Peter Kuhlen, the architectural firm Greschik Kälberer Kuhlen (later GKK + Partner), which initially appeared nationwide with the planning of school centers and comprehensive schools. 1] From 1975, the spectrum was expanded to include the planning of administrative and residential buildings as well as hospitals.[2] Greschik's designs from the late 1970s onward are close to Critical Regionalism and contributed significantly to the popularization of this architectural style in German-speaking countries.

Buildings and Designs

  • 1974: IGS Roderbruch in Hanover-Roderbruch
  • 1976: Comprehensive school Kikweg in Düsseldorf-Eller
  • 1985: Housing development Kantstraße / Uhlandstraße in Berlin-Charlottenburg
  • 1986: State Employment Office in Munich
  • 1989: Franziskus Hospital in Berlin-Tiergarten
  • 1994: Administration building of Gagfah in Berlin-Wilmersdorf
  • 1997: Sports hall on Grüntaler Strasse in Berlin-Wedding
  • 1997: Sommerfeld rehabilitation clinic, Oberhavel district
  • 2004/2012: Renovation and extension of the Hellmuth-Ulrici clinic in Sommerfeld

Collection: Sculptures of Lobi

In 1992, Rainer Greschik began to focus on the art of Africa. Within this field of interest, he increasingly focused on the Lobi ethnic group and, through purchases on the international art market, amassed a collection of several hundred sculptures over the following decades. Since the late 1990s, he has publicly exhibited works from his collection in several exhibitions. In the process, references to contemporary art were also made, for example in the exhibition of African sculptures in 1997 at the Seibert-Phillipen Gallery in Berlin together with objects by the Dutch jewelry collector Ida Boelen van Geldern and in 2010/2011 with works by the sculptor Georg Seibert at the Kunstkontor Hartmut Rampoldt in Berlin. The highlight of the exhibition projects to date is the internationally acclaimed exhibition "The Discovery of the Individual" at the Museum of Municipal Collections in the Zeughaus in Lutherstadt Wittenberg from 2016/17. In planning and organizing the exhibition, Greschik also acted as curator together with the ethnologist Nils Seethaler. The exhibition contributed significantly to the museum's profile as a forum for non-European art in central Germany. Following the exhibition, Greschik donated a number of sculptures from his collection to the city, thus continuing the tradition of the Berlin collector, patron, and museum founder Julius Riemer in Wittenberg. The exhibition was held in the Zeughaus.


  • GKK+Partner / Heidenreich, Polensky, Vogel, Zeumer (eds.): Entwürfe für eine Gesamtschule. 1971.
  • Senator für Bau- und Wohnungswesen Berlin (ed.): Berufsfeldbezogene Oberstufenzentren Berlin. Competitive bidding with assessment procedure based on utility value analysis. Berlin 1975.
  • Federal Ministry of Education and Science (ed.): Überbetriebliche Ausbildungsstätten. Aachen / Bremen 1976.
  • Rainer Greschik, Nils Seethaler (foreword): Lobi. West African Sculptures from the Greschik Collection. (published on the occasion of the exhibition "The Discovery of the Individual") Lutherstadt Wittenberg 2016.


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