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We're on TV. And we are open: Come visit COWBOYLAND!

Thank you NDR Fernsehen for recommending our anniversary exhibition COWBOYLAND in Hamburg Journal!

The gallery is open Thursday and Friday from 1 pm - 6 pm, and of course by appointment.



The opening on Saturday is a few days behind us, and I am still so incredibly happy how this special day went. I have yet not seen any photos, except for this one my Dad took when I was saying a few words of gratitude, shortly before my dear friend Jo Fischer sang "Darkness Cowboy" for me ❤️...

Look at me and see how happy I am. And that is thanks to a celebration of 15 years of heliumcowboy that was just so perfect in every detail...

Thanks to all the amazing artists that contributed with an artwork to Cowboyland - the first 15 years of the heliumcowboy artspace. 55 pieces by 55 artists from around the world - we got a show together that is truly remarkable! ❤️

I want to thank and hug !!! the hundreds of people who came out to be with us for the Vernissage last weekend! Fantastic guests, old and new friends - it was pure love and joy with all of you! ❤️

A very special thank you goes to the volunteers from charity organization clubkinder e.V. for entertaining the many many kids that came out to play, it was beautiful to hear and see all those children having so much fun in our backyard with you. And, dear clubkinder, your grillmaster at the barbecue made a mean Bratwurst and never got tired of feeding the crowd, that was awesome too! ❤️

I want to thank Julia Wesseloh and Oliver Wesseloh for relentlessly 😉drawing your fantastic Kehrwieder Kreativbrauerei brews at the Ranch on Saturday, Annette Kolb for providing us with SCHNICK SCHMACK, and Martin Tesch from Weingut Tesch for his support all these years. ❤️

And last not least - I want to thank my team, without whom a project like this is impossible to realize. Melvin, Fiona, LaviniaYvonneDanielaDirk, Moustique - you are the simply best!!! ❤️


The COWBOYLAND exhibition runs until August 26. The gallery is open every Thursday and Friday from 1 - 6 pm, and of course by appointment, just contact us via mail info@heliumcowboy.com and we set up a date.


Feels like Christmas.

Click the image to find out more about the exhibition!It is a little bit like Christmas on the Ranch: We are unwrapping all those wonderful works we are getting shipped to us from around the world for Cowboyland - the first 15 years of the heliumcowboy artspace!


heliumcowboy: About fairs and friendship

This year is a special year for us: the heliumcowboy artspace turns 15. On July 15 we will open the big anniversary exhibition COWBOYLAND featuring 55 international artists (more info / facebook event).

From time to time heliumcowboy-founder Jörg Heikhaus will share a picture and some memories here on our website and on facebook. Enjoy!

Arturo Sandoval from Friends With You with Jörg Heikhaus at the heliumcowboy booth at the SCOPE art fair in Miami 2006"For me, dealing with art has always been about trusting human relationships and friendship. So here’s a throwback to 2006, our first art fair with heliumcowboy in Miami. The beautiful person I am hugging in this picture is Tury (Arturo) Sandovall III from famous American Art-Duo “Friends With You”. Sam Borkson (the other half) and Tury lived in Miami back then and had this fantastic beach-parade with helium-filled floating sculptures that made the cover of the New York Times. 

Our rookie-appearance at the SCOPE art fair was equally successful: not fully aware of what we were getting ourselves into, we experienced a crazy adventure in a global art market scene we hadn’t reached before, connecting to exciting celebrity and profitable business contacts, visiting weird parties, swimming in the mornings and skinny-dipping in the ocean at midnight, cashing in incredible sales and making a lot of new friends. 

Miami was the first of round about 20 fairs we’ve shown at. It was a very important step towards delivering to an international art market and getting recognition for heliumcowboy and our artists abroad. But the most wonderful memories to our ventures into these markets are always connected to people and the good times we had together in Miami, Basel, New York, Cologne, Berlin, Barcelona, and so on. 

Sure, I have worked with my fair (yet very small) share of assholes too, and I am aware that I have estranged some people as well and have cut ties with a few people along the way - that is unavoidable in this business. But at heliumcowboy I have always tried my best to build relationships that are fair, loyal and based on trust and friendship, no matter if you are an artist, a collector or fellow gallerist. 

A no-bullshit policy is most valuable in a high-ego business such as the art maket, and when I look at a picture such as this one from Miami 2006, I know that this approach was the right one for me.

To friendship!



Make sure to come and celebrate with us at the exhibition COWBOYLAND - the first 15 years of the heliumcowboy artspace, opening July 15 - you can subscribe to the facebook event here


COWBOYLAND: 15 year anniversary show


4000 * 56K/Ole Utikal * ADAMEVA * Adrian Landon Brooks * Alex Diamond * Alekseij Mirnij * Alex Yanes * Andrea Wan * Antonio Santin * Beau Stanton * Ben Tolman * Ben Venom * Blami * Boris Hoppek * Casey McKee * Christophe Lambert * David Shillinglaw * Elmar Lause * Frank Rösner * Gary Taxali * Heiko Müller * Heiko Zahlmann * Jan Kaláb * Henning Kles * Jade Townsend * Jay Olé  * Jaybo Monk * Jeff Soto * Jens Rausch * Jeremy Fish * Jim Avignon * Jo Fischer * Jon Burgerman * Jon Todd * Julia Benz * Mario Kleinschmidt * Mercedes Helnwein * melv12  * Michel Lamoller * Mikael Takács * Milos Koptak * Miroir Noir * moki * Morten Andersen * Pandarosa * Rai Escalé * Rainer Boronowski * Rune Christensen * Ryan Monahan * Samuel Basset * Stefan Groenveld * The London Police * Victor Castillo * Volkano * Wasted Rita * Will Barras * Zezão 

Opening reception  July 15, 2017, 3 PM – 10 PM

Duration Juli 15 – August 26, 2017

Opening hours: Thursdays & Fridays from 1 – 7 PM, and by appointment.



Time flies … when in the year 2002 Jörg Heikhaus opened a small gallery in a very small space in Hamburg St. Pauli, it was experimental, it was different, it was the first of its kind in Germany, and one of very few like-minded artspaces in Europe. Now, 15 years later, this experiment has proven to be a global success and heliumcowboy is proud to say that it became a vital part in the foundation of one of the largest new movements in contemporary art today and is seen as a pioneer of a new format of art galleries.

It has been a long ride. It took us from St. Pauli into the world, to the crazy art hot spots Miami and New York, to Basel, London and other cities and countries that like to celebrate art. We moved in our beloved Underground and amongst the High Society of the so-called elite. But we‘ve always kept faithful to Hamburg, as our base and starting point for our adventures into the world of art.

A lot of things have happend, mostly good, some bad, and many things have changed over the years. It is an experience that created great moments for a lot of people - the many presented artists, the team of heliumcowgirls and -boys and the thousands of guests coming to our shows, the art fairs and projects. 

The best part: heliumcowboy is still here, and we are still going strong. And that is reason to celebrate! With the exhibition COWBOYLAND, for which our founder Jörg Heikhaus invited over 50 artists from around the world. Artists, that have been part of the development of the New Contemporary Art movement as well as those who are the future thereof. The anniversary exhibition will show artists that share history and stories with the gallery, legends and brothers in arms, as well as other recently discovered emerging talents who will be introduced to Hamburg for the first time. 

With all these artists, with our friends and hopefully many many guests we want to celebrate one and a half decades of young, urban, revolutionary, contemporary new art.



Saturday, July 15, 3 pm - 10 pm: On the day of the opening, we invite the whole family over to enjoy the show at the gallery and to a barbeque and kids entertainment organized by charity organisation Clubkinder e.V.. We are open from 3 pm in the afternoon until late. 

Friday, July 14, 6 pm - 9 pm: The evening before the opening we host another edition of heliumTALK, the art talk TV show of Jannes Vahl from clubkinder and Jörg Heikhaus. Our guest tonight: Ralf Krüger (Feinkunst Krüger). Ralf has been even longer in the business than Jörg - he opened his gallery 19 years ago. Together they will review almost 2 decades of gallery life in Hamburg. Needless to say that Ralf and Jörg have always shared a common goal - support the art and the artists and make great exhibitions for Hamburg and beyond. And despite being in the same shark tank, they have been close friends for almost 15 years now and have a lot of stories to tell.

The show will be recorded for television by TIDE TV. Doors open at 6 pm, the talk starts at 7 pm. It will take place inside the exhibition at the gallery.

There will be other program throughout the duration of the exhibition. Latest information can always be found at heliumcowboy.com, facebook.com/heliumcowboy and instagram.com/heliumcowboy.


heliumcowboy: The Beginnings.

This year is a special year for us: the heliumcowboy artspace turns 15. On July 15 we will open the big anniversary exhibition COWBOYLAND featuring 55 international artists (more info / facebook event).

From time to time heliumcowboy-founder Jörg Heikhaus will share a picture and some memories here on our website and on facebook. This is his first story - about the very early days in the first gallery location in Sternstraße 4 in Hamburg-St. Pauli.

Jörg Heikhaus, founder of the heliumcowboy artspace, in the first gallery in Hamburg 2002

"Throwback to … 15 years ago: This is the first portrait of me taken at the brand new heliumcowboy artspace in Sterntraße 4 in Hamburg. 

Behind me are some good ol’ stupid oil(!)paintings I did back then. I rented that place as a workshop for me as an artist, but once I’ve moved in I immediately decided that though it was a really great studio, it was at least equally perfect for making exhibitions. 

And that’s what I wanted to do now: create my own art AND make shows with other artists in the same place! I started out by inviting friends to exhibit there, but quickly moved on to finding exciting, upcoming national and international artists and brought them to my little gallery space in Hamburg St. Pauli. 

However … doing my own art became more and more difficult now. Running a gallery is very time-consuming and requires a lot of energy and passion. But look on the bright side: the progress and success of heliumcowboy may have driven my personal art out of the artspace, but eventually led to the “birth” of Alex Diamond in 2004. Well, but that is a different story that shall be told at another time …  "    



Make sure to come and celebrate with us at the exhibition COWBOYLAND - the first 15 years of the heliumcowboy artspace, opening July 15 - you can subscribe to the facebook event here