Fourteen years in, ART.FAIR Cologne has become an established marketplace for contemporary and modern art, where both dedicated and new collectors can uncover great finds. The art represented spanned from the established artists’ work, to the emerging piece, across the well-represented pool of urban contemporary movement. The main impression of the fair gave out a clear focus on the collector, who had the opportunity to select a perfect piece among a vast variety of art on display.
Observing the art fair, we’ve made selections of the best curated booths, as well as some observations on interesting collectables on the spot, both for the contemporary and the urban art movement. Our favorite visual moments during the show were definitely the installation created by Aaron Li-Hill, along with the artwork made by Max Gaertner, Tadao Cern, and Jernej Forbici, who has a completely different approach. Seeking trends, we’ve noticed a strong presence of photography, but also abstract and sculptural pieces, particularly presented by the older galleries with tradition. For an art lover, it was a pleasure to learn about some new tendencies and enjoy the works by Georg Baselitz, Francois Morellet, Bernd Obermann, Julian Schnabel, Christian Voigt, Doppeldenk, and the very well represented Lita Cabellut.
Ended in success, ART.FAIR Cologne will not greet its 15th edition as such, but a new era for the fair has been announced. The event will become ART DÜSSELDORF in 2017, aiming to bring even more exhibitors, broader and bolder choices and to attract more collectors from the region.
ART.FAIR Cologne 2016 welcomed 37,000 visitors, while exhibitors record successful sales overall. The already mentioned devotion to collectors is expanded by the fair’s support to young artists, realized through an annual BLOOOM Award, won by Matthias Danberg, for his video art piece “Sculptures”. The serious art fair’s approach to contemporary art curation is also reflected within the 15 Minutes of Fame program, which allowed select curators and gallerists the time to explain the visions behind their presentations at the event. Cinema of Artists was another academic addition to the art fair, providing insight into the careers and lives of 10 renowned artists through film projections. Finally, by providing a platform for the Foundation for Conceptual Art - Private Collection Schroth to display a small segment of its minimalist treasure, ART.FAIR has proven its stance and the true dedication to quality in late modern contemporary art.
Throughout its 14-year history, ART.FAIR had appeared in four different locations, filling out spaces of Palladium, Expo XXI, Staatenhaus and Koelnmesse, consecutively. Having decided to expand, ART.FAIR has officially extended its gratitude to all the spaces and collaborators that supported it over the years.
Re-branding itself as ART DÜSSELDORF, the fair will move to the freshly renovated halls of Areal Böhler in the neighboring city, with the dates already been set on November 16-19, 2017. Simultaneously, a young spin-off fair will be presented under the title of BLOOOM. Here, the very latest art tendencies will be on show, as well as the Germany’s largest art competition for young artists, the said BLOOOM Award by Warsteiner.
ART DÜSSELDORF promises to keep all the good traditions of the ART.FAIR, with some alterations and expansions to the program. Active art scene in the city aligned with the economic power coming from its industry sector promise to create an ideal platform for all art fair participants, aiming to be the attractive art event for the ten million residents of both Rhineland and the Ruhr. Regional and international art will all be welcome, empowering the collectors, gallerists and other art figures from the region to network and create further impact onto the contemporary art scene of the country.
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