Cologne Art Galleries - Ten Best Contemporary Galleries
Cologne art galleries are thriving. The city is Germany’s fourth largest city and as such has an art community to match that status. The vibrant art scene in Cologne has made it internationally renowned and it is now home to more than 36 museums and over 100 galleries that cover every mix of classical and contemporary art, meaning there is something for everyone is the city. Cologne is also well known for its annual art fair, established in 1967 and regarded as the oldest art fair of its kind – Art Cologne 2015. Running at the same time in Cologne is KÖLNER LISTE, an art fair established in 2014, providing a platform for new contemporary art with excellent potential for collectors. As the international art scene is descending on the city, it is a suitable time to look at ten contemporary art galleries in Cologne that are offering fascinating exhibitions and are worth seeking out.
Here are the ten galleries – ten city’s attractions!
Ruttkowski;68 - A Fine Selection
Ruttkowski;68 is a contemporary art gallery in Cologne and was founded in 2010. The gallery shows a selection of national and international artists and always has something interesting on display to catch your attention. Previous shows have included In Dreams by Stefan Marx, Flaw Circus by Herakut and Vibskovski72 II by Henrik Vibskov.
Galerie Buchholz - international contemporary art
Galerie Buchholz is an art gallery specializing in international contemporary art with exhibition spaces in Cologne and Berlin. The gallery was founded in Cologne in 1986 by Daniel Buchholz who was joined by Christopher Müller in 2000. Galerie Buchholz has an extensive list of solo exhibitions that date back to 1986 when Daniel Buchholz organised exhibitions for John M. Armleder and Brian Eno, going on to establish the gallery in the contemporary art scene in Cologne. In addition to exhibitions of gallery artists, Galerie Bcuhholz also presents curated historical exhibitions such as Martin Wong and Raymon Roussel.
Arty Farty - progressive concepts in presenting art
Arty Farty Gallery is a gallery for urban contemporary art and was established in 2008 in Cologne, Germany.The gallery presents exhibitions and urban interventions in the form of mural paintings and installation art. During its 5 year history Arty Farty presented numerous renowned urban artist and young talents in more than 35 art shows. Arty Farty has always been on the move looking for progressive concepts in presenting art and communicating it to a creative audience in public and private spaces. In spring 2014 the Arty Farty Gallery closed its gallery space to move forward as a nomad living the gypsy life of the artists Arty Farty is representing and is currently preparing Arty Farty Pop Up Shows.
SSZ Sued - non-commercial approach
SSZ Sued is an inspiring contemporary art space in Cologne founded by local artist Alexander Bastile. SSZ Sued is a non-profit gallery and has become well known for promoting young, upcoming artists and designers, always hosting unique exhibitions. You’ll find Alexander’s own works at SSZ Sued, together with the artworks of some of his German and international artistic colleagues. The approach of SSZ Sued is non-commercial, and all profits go back to the gallery and the artists to sustain the project. Previous exhibitions have included The Sanest Days Are Mad by Stefan Marx and the excellent Zines of the Zone dedicated to self-published photobooks and photozines dedicated to photography.
Galerie Karsten Greve - Since 1973
Karsten Greve established contemporary Galerie Karsten Greve in Cologne during 1973 with a solo exhibition by Yves Klein. The gallery was host to international avant-garde art from 1945 and later, including the work of Cy Twombly, Picasso, Joseph Cornell, Jean Dubuffet, Willem de Kooning and WOLS. Along with representing established artists, Galerie Karsten Greve has consistently promoted the work of young contemporary artists in a variety of genres. Galerie Karsten Greve is located in the centre of Cologne and also opened galleries in Paris (1989), Milan (1994) and in St. Moritz (1999).
Temporary Gallery - Centre for Contemporary Art
Temporary Gallery is an exhibition hall for contemporary art and discourse in Cologne. Temporary gallery was founded in 2009 with Regina Barunke becoming artistic director in 2012. It offers a comprehensive program of exhibitions and site events, and regularly invites international guest curators and researchers for co-operative projects. Since 2014, Temporary Gallery is institutionally funded by the City of Cologne as a new Centre for Contemporary Art and became a member of ADKV, an umbrella organisation for non-commercial art organisations in Germany.
Galerie Christian Lethert - reduced and abstract positions
Founded in August 2006, Galerie Christian Lethert pursues a clear concept of reduced and abstract positions in Contemporary Art, referring to painting, sculpture and photography. Besides working with an internationally established generation of artists like Imi Knoebel and Jill Baroff, Galerie Christian Lethert also focuses on fine and distinguished, contemporary European positions such as Jorinde Voigt, Daniel Lergon or Gereon Krebber. Five to six times a year the gallery presents interesting single and group exhibitions, combined with a supporting program of lectures. While opening his own gallery space in Cologne in August 2006 Christian Lethert also graduated in business administration with a thesis about business start-up in art market. Since May 2007 Christian Lethert has been on the board of directors of the German gallery alliance (BVDG).
DIE KUNSTAGENTIN - blurred boundaries between urban and fine art
The Gallery DIE KUNSTAGENTIN is located in the heart of the district Belgique in Cologne and showcases artists in the context of an international movement that blurs the boundaries between urban and fine art. The Gallery is working with an existing network of established international and upcoming artists, which are influenced by street art, graffiti, outsider and pop art. The exhibition space is an active platform for cultural experiences that feature and celebrate the exchange of the vibrant international art scene. The location provides a clean 70m2 Gallery room as well a 300m2 exhibition hall.
Nagel Draxler - the next generation of artists
Christian Nagel gallery was founded in Cologne in 1990. At the beginning of 2009, Saskia Draxler and Christian Nagel joined as gallery partners and at the beginning of 2013 the gallery changed its name to Nagel Draxler. The opening exhibition in Cologne was also Cosima von Bonin’s first solo show and the gallery has shown works by Michael Krebber, Joseph Zehrer, Christian Philipp Müller, Andrea Fraser, Hans-Jörg Mayer, Heimo Zobernig, Mark Dion, Renée Green, Clegg & Guttmann, Stephan Dillemuth, Kai Althoff, Josephine Pryde, Merlin Carpenter, Catherine Sullivan and John Miller. In the wide field of contemporary art, Nagel Draxler see it as important to recognise and support the next generation of artists. In their project space REISEBÜROGALERIE, located inside the travel agency ‘Diko Reisen’ in Cologne, they show young artists who are at the very beginning of their careers such as Peter Wächtler, Adam Harrison, and Vera Drebusch amongst others.
30works - Pop-Art of the 21st century
30works is a contemporary art gallery based in Cologne which boasts to be the first German gallery to present Pop-Art of the 21st century. Within the walls of 30works you will find a constant stream of artworks informed by the rebellious nature of urban art and street art, but reinvented for the essential setting of 30works. The gallery brings urban art and street art into the 21st century, offering an excellent selection of street art and pop art masterpieces via their website and gallery, from street artists such as Banksy, D*Face and Nick Walker. September 2014 saw 30works present the group show Dirty Works to celebrate their fifth anniversary and they recently had a solo exhibition by Thomas Baumgärtel entitled Cologne. One of the leading figures in contemporary Pop Art, AVone, also had a recent solo exhibition at 30works.