【DE】ART COLOGNE 2021 and COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN: Good course, good sales, good mood  

Galleries and dealers of both trade fairs showed a demanding program


Expert audience was inspired, numerous good sales


How do art fairs work under pandemic conditions? The Cologne trade fair makers around trade fair director Daniel Hug can now answer the questions: If all measures take effect, it is possible to present a real art market, visit the real art enthusiasts, who even buy real art and take it home. “Our thanks go to the galleries and dealers who set up a great, demanding program and thus gave visitors a long-awaited art experience,” says Daniel Hug, Director of ART COLOGNE and COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN, at the end of the fairs. Around 34,000 trade fair guests did not miss the visit to the fair and adhered to 3G and mask requirement in a disciplined manner. It turned out that the Rhenish collectors can be relied on as well as on the conurbation between the Rhine, Ruhr and the neighboring Belgian and Dutch catchment areas. Thus, the exhibitors of both trade fairs not only praised the extremely expert and inquisitive audience, but were also able to report on good sales in many cases. Our planning with wide, airy corridors and relaxation areas has not only ensured the required distance, but also relaxation. In addition, the art was so better to see, a great advantage for everyone, says Daniel Hug, who also has a similar approach for the upcoming trade fairs. The reduction of the number of exhibitors to around 150 galleries at ART COLOGNE and around 60 exhibitors at COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN also contributed to the fact that the offer remained manageable. In addition to gallery heavyweights, young galleries and dealers also exhibited. In many cases, they offered artists a stage with political and socio-critical statements.


For Galerie Eigen + Art (Berlin/Leipzig), the concept of focusing on young artists who are new to the program at this year’s ART COLOGNE has worked out. Igor Hosnedl’s large-format painting on paper found a buyer as well as Stefan Guggisberg’s work “Tal”. All works by Brett Charles Seiler and sculptures made of turned wood by Maja Behrmann (between 3,000 and 7,000 euros) were sold. “The collectors in the Rhineland are just very curious,” knows gallery owner Judy Lybcke from many years of experience.


“Satisfied under the given circumstances” was at Galerie Hans Mayer (Düsseldorf). “We made good sales, the Rhenish collectors were represented in large numbers and created a good mood,” Marie Mayer was pleased, who also considers the doubling of ART COLOGNE and COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN to be “a good idea”.


Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (Salzburg/Paris/London) conveyed sculptures by Tony Cragg into a French and a Rhenish collection; Arnulf Rainer’s “foot mallow” from 1977 secured a Munich collector. Vintage photographs by Valie Export from the series of body configurations go into the collection of the Museum Ludwigs. In view of the pandemic and the lack of international audience, this was a good success, said gallery director Arne Ehmann.


The shops at Galerie Johann König (Berlin/London/Seoul) went well. “We are constantly hanging around,” Sonja Schacht revealed. The bunk with paintings of the “New Position” Conny Maier was completely sold out, in addition, a “Data Painting” by Refik Anadol, a spray work by Katharina Grosse and a screen work by Norbert Bisky were sold in the first days of the fair. Annette Kelm’s book cover of writers who were defeated during the Nazi era goes down in the collection of the Federal Republic.


Christian Nagel (Berlin/Cologne/Munich) found it important that you could “physically experience works of art again” at ART COLOGNE. “Many more people have come than expected, under the given circumstances we are accordingly satisfied,” says the long-standing ART COLOGNE participant, who sold Kenny Schachter’s much-regarded work “The last Soldier”, Leon Kahane’s “Frontex” and Sayre Gomez’ paintings of provisional dwellings of the homeless. Nagel was also successful with collages and sculptures by Pedro Wirz.


“The Rhineland has a great collector’s community, so much importance,” praises Deniz Pekerman, gallery manager in the gallery next St. Stephan (Vienna), who also always “talked to museums” at her Cologne trade fair appearance, who were interested in Sonia Leimer’s “Awning”, a sculpture inspired by the awnings in New York. Among other things, works by Daniel Knorr and drawings by Imi Knoebl were sold.


“It’s quieter, but the Rhineland works,” said Daniel Buchholz (Berlin/Cologne/New York), who parted with Isa Genzken’s sculpture “Gaudi”.


“We are glad that ART COLOGNE can take place at this level at all,” says Eike Dürrfeld, director of Galerie Thomas Schulte, who was represented at the fair again after a long break. The loyalty of the collectors is extremely high, and the first two days felt really good, says Dürrfeld. Among other things, a monumental three-part canvas by Paco Knöller was sold to a large German collection. They were particularly pleased about the sale of a sculpture by the young artist Leunora Salihu, who was a student of Tony Cragg at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.


“We always have an audience at the Cologne Fair that is exceptionally well versed in classical modernism,” noted Thole Rotermund. “Visitors come again a few days later to finalize sales,” observed the Hamburg art dealer, who sold a watercolor by Lyonel Feininger for € 80,000 and a self-portrait of the artist for € 30,000, as well as a reservation for a still life of Alexei von Jawlensky.


Color pencil drawings, watercolors and drawings by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner were sold at Henze & Ketterer & Triebold. Ingeborg Henze-Ketterer was pleased about “excellent audience” on Vernissage Day and sets hopes in the post-fair business. “On Sunday evening is not over yet,” the art dealer based in Switzerland knows from many years of experience.


At Cologne pop art specialist Klaus Benden, Andy Warhol’s portfolio was conveyed to a collector with three screen prints of Beuys portraits (€ 140,000) as well as Roy Lichtenstein’s offset lithograph “Crying Girl” (€ 95,000).


Daniel von Schacky sold a work by Thomas Schütte to a southern German museum. “We met many of our customers, including from France and Belgium, here,” said ART COLOGNE debutant.


“The fair reacted to the current situation with a good concept,” said Thomas Zander, who shared the stand with Anke Schmidt. The wide corridors and generosity are fantastic and pleasant for everyone. Zander was also satisfied with sales: “ART COLOGNE is always a good trade fair for us”.


The Samuelis Baumgarte gallery separated from two large pictures of Heinz Mack (six-digit range), photographs by Astrid Lowack and paintings by Christian Awe.


At Galerie Thomas, there was a lot of attention for the mosaic “Les constructeurs” according to Fernand Léger. Works by Carl Buchheister and drawings by Simon Schubert from Cologne were sold. “We greeted old customers here again and had time for the discussions,” says Raimund Thomas, “For us, the Cologne Trade Fair is also an important contact exchange”.


The trade fair business for Galerie Ludorff was “gratifying”, where reservations for top-class works of art of Classical Modernism were received in the six-digit price range and drawings by Feininger and Kirchner, graphics by Josef Albers, paper works by Karin Kneffel and paintings by Christopher Lehmpfuhl and Christian Awe were sold on site. “We expected significantly fewer visitors,” says Manuel Ludorff, “the international art lovers were missing, but the foundation of shop-loving collectors is traditionally very strong in Cologne.”


Sales were also reported at COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN.


First exhibitor Rosemarie Jäger received a lot of encouragement for her stand design and made contacts with museum people. COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN is a good place to be noticed. This is confirmed by Martin Bohn, who showed unique furniture at his stand and praised the “successful interaction” of the two art fairs. Laurent-Alexis Guelfucci found buyers for a jewelry ensemble and an Art Deco sofa from 1934 by Christian Krass (€ 30,000); his stand partner Mario Bermel had a “deep exchange with knowledgeable visitors” and was happy about synergy effects between the two trade fairs. “That should be maintained,” the Berliner thought.


“Very successful,” says Ilona Stüttgen from Galerie Francaise from Munich, was her start of the fair. Numerous graphics were sold, and there was also a lot of interest in two important paper works by Marc Chagall, which come from his estate. “We feel very comfortable here, COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN has its own mood,” Stüttgen confirmed.


Sebastian Jacobi had “an insane response” to the new “showroom”, curated by him, which was consistently very well attended. Images and graphics of Christo, A.R. were sold. Penck, Jeff Verheyen, Kuno Gonschior and other artists.


Floris van Wanroij was very satisfied with the course of the fair and was able to hand over four works to collectors, including a late Gothic Pietá for 32,000 €.


Carola Persiehl welcomed “Great collectors” to her stand. “I had no idling at all,” says the Hamburg woman, who sold a walnut-wood sculpture by Lars Zech, cloud paintings by Li Trieb and screen works by Daniel Behrend.


First-time exhibitor Martina Kaiser conveyed a work by Umberto Cicero to a museum in Istanbul and works by Alexander Höller, Dokupil and Zhang Hong Yi in private collections. “I have also generated new customers here,” reported the Cologne native.


Gisbert Pöppler, who showed modern unique furniture, was also for the first time at COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN. “I think it’s great here,” inspired the Berliner, who “had many good conversations” and is convinced that projects will emerge from it.


The next ART COLOGNE and COFAD will take place from 16th to 20th November 2022.


List of reported sales (as of Saturday)


Isa Genzken, sculpture “Gaudi”, 1989, € 750,000 US dollars, near Buchholz


Tony Cragg, sculpture “Scull”, wood, 2018, € 425,000, at Thaddaeus Ropac

Arnulf Rainer “Footmallow” from the series of hand and foot painting, 1977, € 330,000, at Thaddaeus Ropac


Tony Cragg, sculpture “Hollow Head”, € 240,000, by Thaddaeus Ropac


Katharina Grosse, spray work, € 230,000, with Johann König


Andy Warhol portfolio of three Beuys portraits € 140,000, at Benden


Karin Kneffel “Candle” € 100,000, with Klaus Gerrit Friese


Two works by James White for € 95,000 each, with Thomas Zander


Roy Lichtenstein offset lithograph “Crying Girl” € 95,000, at Benden


Norbert Bisky, canvas work, € 65,000, with Johann König


Lovis Corinth, Returning Bacchanten”, watercolor, 1894, purchase of the “Friends of ART COLOGNE”, € 58,000, at Thole Rotermund Kunsthandel


Stefan Guggisberg, student of Neo Rauch, “Valley”, oil on paper € 48,000, at Eigen + Art


Sculpture by Martin and Brigtte Matschinsky-Denninghoff made of curved steel € 49,000, near Ludorff


Works by Daniel Knorr €46,200 and €26,500, at next St. Stephan


Work by Cornelius Völker € 45,000, with Klaus Gerrit Friese


Refik Anadol “Data Painting”, € 45,000, with Johann König


3-part work by Paco Knöller, € 40,000, with Thomas Schulte


Gabriel Kuri, Untitled (margins and tangents 01) 2021, € 30,000, purchase of the “Friends of ART COLOGNE”, at Esther Schipper


Two works by Zanele Muholi: Mandlakhe, Durban, 2019, USD 26,400, and Zine XX, Melbourne, Australia, 2020, USD 21,120, purchase of the “Friends of ART COLOGNE”, at Pearl Lam Galleries


Two works by Jana Schröder, € 24,000 and € 20,000, at Natalia Hug


Vivian Greven, X XI, 2021, € 23,000, at Kadel Willborn


Canvas painting by Christopher Lehmpfuhl € 23,000, near Ludorff


Gerold Miller “set 594”, 2021, € 22,000, purchase of the “Friends of ART COLOGNE”, at Wentrup


Ayan Farah, Ravenna, 2020, € 22,000, at Kadel Willborn


Esther Kläs, More, 2020, € 21,000, at Kadel Willborn


Kenny Schachter “The last Soldier” € 20,000, at Nagel/Draxler


Conny Maier, Solidarity with animal, € 19,200, at Ruttkowski; 68


Work by William Anastasi, € 18,000, at Rehbein


Fabian Treiber, Lost Weekend, € 18,000, at Ruttkowski; 68


Work by Günter Umberg, € 17,000, with Thomas Zander


Work by Andreas Gefeller, € 17,000, at Rehbein


Stefan Strumbel, greeting from the Black Forest 1, greeting from the Black Forest 2, each for € 16,000, at Ruttkowski; 68


Works of the “New Position” Conny Maier (€ 15,000 to 20,000), with Johann König


Stefan Marx, Sad Generation with Happy Pictures, € 13,600, at Ruttkowski; 68


Igor Hosnedl, “Baal”, pigments, glue on canvas, € 12,000, at Eigen + Art


Drawings by Imi Knoebl, each € 11,000, at next St. Stephan


5-part paperwork by Wolfgang Hahn Prize winner Marcel Odenbach “I once lived on the Marienburg”, with Gisela Capitain


Drawings by Ambra Durante to the Collection of Contemporary Art of the Federal Republic of Germany, by Klaus Gerrit Friese


Drawings by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and sculpture by René Sintenis, with Ludorff


Installation by Allana Clare by Thomas Zander


Several works by Donald Baechler, Milen Till and Daniel Lergon at Crone, Vienna

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