“Cologne, the place to be” – ART COLOGNE, the oldest art fair in the world
ART COLOGNE is an art fair for international art galleries presenting art of the 20th and 21st centuries in Cologne, Germany. It is the oldest fair of its kind having started with just 18 galleries in 1967. Today around 200 commercial galleries come together each spring to present works by over 2.000 artists, covering all price segments from well-known blue-chip artists to the newest young and emerging artists. "Cologne is the place to be", finds the New York gallery owner Carolina Nitsch, who sold works by Gerhard Richter and Bruce Nauman, "the opening was fantastic, we had collectors from New York and from Belgium at the stand and had some very serious discussions".
ART COLOGNE celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016. Since its founding in 1967 as "Kunstmarkt Köln" (art market Cologne), it is not only the oldest, but also one of the most important platforms for modern, post-war and contemporary art. The participating international galleries present a wide and high quality offering of modern and contemporary art that spans all price segments and movements. The trade fair presents various sections: GALLERIES modern and post-war art extending to contemporary art, presented by established galleries, NEUMARKT as a section for young galleries (maximum of ten years of age) and COLLABORATIONS for curated presentations of artistic cooperation. In addition to this, the sponsorship program NEW POSITIONS makes it possible for young artists to present their works in their own promotional booths next to the stands of their gallery owners. ART TALKS and tours of the trade fair, exhibition openings in galleries, museums and institutions in the Rhineland, as well as high quality award ceremonies, including the Wolfgang Hahn Award and the ART COLOGNE Award, offer a variety of opportunities to acquire more detailed information and to exchange ideas and network at a professional level. International collectors, curators, museum experts, creative people and those interested in art come regularly to this central art event in Cologne.
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