Happy birthday, HILDE! 

Dear Friends,


First of all, we wanted to thank each one of you for sharing the first year of our existence. It's been an incredible 365 days and it went by so fast. In one year, we were able to bring you 7 exhibitions including Apollo on Earth, The Edge of Doom, Hydrogenesis, Drone of Perseus, Somewhere I Have Never Traveled, Virago, and  Aleph and The Rock.  We also inaugurated our first exhibition with Mind Control art fair. (Wouldn't those titles make for an excellent metal album? Ha!) On top of our regular exhibitions, we have had sound bathes, meditations, rituals, and sung to the music of plants. The list of our visitors this last year is long, but we've had the distinctions of visiting scholars, old friends, and new friends popping in to disseminate knowledge and increase the HILDE vibration. We are not us without you! 
In this year, our audience has grown both nationally and internationally with a community of artists, writers, curators, collaborators, and clients from all over the world. The amount of love we've received in this year has been tremendous. We have been shown time and again the importance of art in our culture's current climate and the lengths to which we all go to keep it vital. We set out to create a space and give voice to emerging and established artists alike, while engaging in contemporary art dialogues that we felt is important. 
We have also had the opportunity to take the show on the road a few times! We showed in San Francisco and Oakland; we are opening another exhibition in Houston, Texas this March and a pop up in Soho this May. There's talks for a potential exhibition in Stockholm this coming year and the list goes on. 
We hope, pray, and work very hard for the privilege to continue the best possible programming as we seek to directly effect culture.
It takes a village to do anything worthwhile. In no specific order, we would like to thank a few people here! Special thanks to Georgia and Tony Bell for helping us find our home in Los Angeles. Thank you to our interns Charlotte Renner and Zoe Zaneteas. Much love to our neighbor and fabricator David. Thank you to our builder Luis! Thank you to the artists this year Eve Ackroyd,  Carl D' Alvia, Grant Falardeau, Rebekah Goldstein, Gabriella Loeb, Megan Reed, Esther Ruiz, Tamra Seal, Sarah Thibault, Paul Waddell, Jake Ziemann, Louis FratinoHeidi HahnKristy LuckMelanie Moczarski, Nicole Reber, Jennifer RemenchikSam Spano, David Ohlsson and Dit-Cilinn,  LaTurbo Avedon, Robin Kang, Thomas Linder, Dmitiri Obergfell, Linnea Rygaard, Mark Sengbusch, Candice Breitz, Zoe Crosher, Shelley Holcomb, Haley Josephs, Jake Kean Mayman, Malin Gabriella Nordin, Anna Nordstrom, Nicole Reber, Anna Schachte, Robert Canali, Theodore Boyer, Melissa Brown, Lindsay Burke, Anthony Cudahy, Elizabeth Ferry, Haley Josephs, Hein Koh,  Jaime Loera, Adam Novak, Hiba Schahbaz, Lauren Seiden, Michael Stamm, Kyle Staver, and Lani Trock. Other friends who have made our year so memorable include Dr. Lance Stone, Michael Landrum & Garrett Hunter, Fiona McKay and Alexis Barrell, Kim Light, the crew at Curate LA, Lindsay Zappos and the crew at CARLA, Cecillia Hillstrom, Missy Papageorge, Seffa and Kathy Klein, Johanna Friedman, Robert Patterson, Charles Papillo, Valerie and Jonathan Hirsch, Polyxeni and Agnes Langas, Katrina Neumann, Henry Gunderson, Daniel Lisi, Isabella Thelsius, Ally Hilfiger and Steve Hash, Natalia Rachlin, Momo the Pekinese, John Silvis, Dr. Kathy Battista, Rachel Zaretsky, Taj Robinson and Sam Ferguson, J. Parker Valentine, Rozae Nichols, Kari Wilson, Kari& Marcello Spampinato, Cris McCall, Meghan Gordon, Amanda Katz, Karolina Dankow, Anna Liejonhelm, Yevegeniya Baras and the folks at Regina Rex, Max Marshall, Karla Jade Evans, Jacqueline Falcone, Sarah Schulman, & Camilla Engstrom. Of course, thank you to our loving families and backbones. We appreciate you and thank you for sharing this year with us! L'Chaim! Tusen Takk! Tack! Gracias! Spa-see-ba! 

From the bottom of our hearts, 
Hilde Lynn Helphenstein & Derek Simons



HILDE opens 'Metaxis Uber Pool' in Houston on March 10th in partnership with Tienda X

 Ally and Steve check out the HILDE in Los Angeles to see artist Theodore Boyer's exhibition with Grant Falardeau.

Ally and Steve check out the HILDE in Los Angeles to see artist Theodore Boyer's exhibition with Grant Falardeau.

HILDE on Artnet

artnet Asks: HILDE Gallery Owner Hilde Lynn Helphenstein on the Women-Run West Coast Art Scene

…and that one time her gallery became a cult chapel.

Her background as a trained artist and academic is where the traditional ends for HILDE gallery owner Hilde Lynn Helphenstein. In September 2017, 11 months after the opening of HILDE in Los Angeles, Helphenstein unveiled HILDE e.b., a second project space in Oakland. In her spaces, she seeks to spotlight philosophical, poetic quandaries, and provide artists with a platform for “fighting the darker aspects of contemporary culture.” From combating misogyny in the art world to welcoming artists into her home with complete freedom to create, there is an adventurous, unbounded quality evident in her endeavors.



H I L D E e.b. is a curatorial project in Oakland's Downtown District hosted by HANDS, a space for collaboration, exhibition, and performance. We are located at 634 15th Street, Oakland, CA 94612 in the ballroom of the regal Claridge Hotel. On exhibition through November 4th is a solo presentation of Robert Canali

H I L D E  is back:

(57 octaves below middle C)

opens September 9, 2017

HILDE takes summer sabbatical

Dear friends,

It is with gratitude and excitement that we announce that Saturday, July 15th marks the finale of HYDROGENESIS as well as the end of our first season in Los Angeles. Though the gallery will be quiet, we will be busy. As we continue to develop our programming here in LA, we will also be expanding to the Bay Area in September for a special project. Look out for H I L D E e.b. (East Bay!) We are also working to bring new collaborative efforts between Scandinavian artists amidst Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco-based artists. It is an incredibly exciting time. 

We will reopen on September 9th, 2017 in Los Angeles and TBA in the Bay Area. We will remain active on social media and will be sharing some of our studio visits while we are in Sweden and Norway this August. Join us at @hildegallery on Instagram and Twitter. 

Thank you for your support and love in our first year! We look forward to a beautiful relationship. 

-H I L D E 


  Pure Shores , Ohlsson/Dit-Cilinn, Shark jaws, palm frond, horn 2017  

Pure Shores, Ohlsson/Dit-Cilinn, Shark jaws, palm frond, horn 2017

 Photo credit Mario Vasquez, Art & Cake

Photo credit Mario Vasquez, Art & Cake

 Hilde Lynn Helphenstein and Nicole Reber in front of Melanie Moczarski's  Trees as They Dream of Themselves , 2017.

Hilde Lynn Helphenstein and Nicole Reber in front of Melanie Moczarski's Trees as They Dream of Themselves, 2017.

The second show at one of South Los Angeles’ newest gallery spaces, HILDE L.A., takes up a somewhat sinister image of “the edge of doom” set in one of those bleeding-heart, gushy romantic sonnet sequences of Shakespeare, at least as we usually like to read the Bard at face value.  READ MORE



We may know Frieze Art Fair for their covetable street style and chic opening parties but this year we were determined to discover the artists making waves at the weekend-long art show. To get an expert opinion we asked curator and gallerist-on-the-rise, Hilde Helphenstein, of HILDE Gallery LA, to select five artists that are worth your attention this weekend. READ MORE. 


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EVE ACKROYD featured in Soho House Magazine

ESTHER RUIZ featured in Vice's Creators project for her exhibition at New Release in NYC