Claes Nordenhake is the founder and director of Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin-Stockholm. He opened his first gallery in Malmö with an exhibition of Olle Baertling in 1976. In 1986 the gallery moved its activities to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts building in Stockholm. The new space offered ideal conditions for the presentation of large-scale sculpture by artists such as Ulrich Rückriem, Richard Serra and Meuser. In the 1990s the gallery played an important role in introducing the work of Rémy Zaugg, Mirosław Bałka, Hreinn Friðfinnsson, Håkan Rehnberg, Ann Edholm and Esko Männikkö to an international audience. In 2000 Claes Nordenhake opened a second gallery in Berlin, and after seven years moved the gallery to a historic building in Berlin-Kreuzberg shared with eight other galleries. Around this time the gallery started its collaboration with Spencer Finch and Marjetica Potrč and in 2006 became the sole representative of renowned photographer Michael Schmidt. In 2012 Stanley Whitney had his first solo exhibition at the gallery. From 2003 to 2012 Claes Nordenhake was member of the Art Basel Committee. He was one of the six founders of Gallery Weekend Berlin in 2005. The group initiated abc — art berlin contemporary in 2008.