【DE】art KARLSRUHE 2022 – Classical Modernism and Contemporary Art

The program highlights of this year’s summer edition at a glance


With her 19. Edition celebrates art KARLSRUHE – Classical Modernism and Contemporary Art from the 7th to the 10th. July their artistic comeback at the Karlsruhe exhibition center. After the digital edition “art KARLSRUHE selections” last year, the real encounter with art in Karlsruhe is finally possible again. A total of 215 galleries from twelve countries transform the four high, light-flooded exhibition halls into a show and marketplace for art from a range of over 120 years for four days. Art lovers can visit the summer edition of art KARLSRUHE until the bright evening hours. This opens its doors from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.



International and national galleries


The heart of the fair is the program of the exhibiting galleries. This year’s exhibitor list once again brings together galleries of all genres – from classical modernism to the latest contemporary art. Renowned greats such as Ludorff (Düsseldorf), Friese (Berlin), Maulberger (Munich), Osper (Cologne), Rotermund (Hamburg), Schwarzer (Düsseldorf), Scheffel (Bad Homburg) or van der Koelen (Mainz) are among them. In addition, 47 galleries from abroad enrich this year’s program with their multifaceted positions. Including long-standing exhibitors such as Várfok (Budapest) or Gilden’s Art (London). Of course, new exhibitors are also represented, such as the Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery from London, which will be a guest in Karlsruhe for the first time. However, with 8 galleries from Karlsruhe and over 43 others from Baden-Württemberg, the art fair is also a prominent point of contact for the regionally located galleries.




The focus is not only on summer when scheduling art KARLSRUHE 2022. Summer positions can also be found in the program of the 215 exhibiting galleries. Here is the work “Eis III” by the artist Peintre X (presented by Galerie Hegemann). © Gallery Hegemann/Peintre X




A large number of well-known artists will be present at art KARLSRUHE through the different programs of the approved galleries: From Josef Albers and Salvador Dalí to Otto Dix and Max Liebermann to Pablo Picasso, Markus Lüpertz or Alex Katz. But the works of young, emerging artists are also present, such as the pictorial stories of Ambra Durante, born in 2000, an artistic double talent, or the animal sculptures of the Swiss Matthias Garff.


Insights into the art of the individual


Just like the trade fair program, the 180 one-artist shows promise an exciting walk through art history. Informel old masters such as Karl Otto Götz (Die Galerie, Frankfurt) are taken into account as well as contemporary artists, including Elvira Bach (Galerie Art Affair, Regensburg). International stars are also present in Karlsruhe via a one-artist show, such as Christo (Art Edition Fils, Düsseldorf), Bob Dylan (Premium Modern Art, Heilbronn) and Neo Rauch (Galerie Erik Bausmann, Halle).


Enjoyment of art in the open air


Once again, art KARLSRUHE is also under the sign of three-dimensional art. A striking unique selling point are the 24 sculpture places in the exhibition halls, which are placed in interaction with the gallery berths, create creative freedom and provide plastic surprises. This year, special attention will also be paid to the sculpture garden – sponsored by the Vollack Group. In line with a gastronomic offer, the three-dimensional works of art can be experienced in a summer atmosphere under the open sky.






Summer is already in the name here. The work “Coffee Garden in Summer” by Christian Lehmpfuhl can be seen on art KARLSRUHE at Galerie Ludorff. © Gallery Ludorff/Christian Lehmpfuhl



The new season can also be found artistically in the exhibition halls. Visitors sometimes expect summer-looking positions in the program of the exhibiting galleries, for example the work “Eis III” by the artist Peintre X (Galerie Hegemann) or “Kaffeegarten im Sommer” by Christopher Lehmpfuhl (Galerie Ludorff).


Special show under the sign of femininity


Not far from the Sonderschau Druckgrafik in Hall 3 is the special show of the private collection Klöcker. Since the beginning of the 1980s, the collection of the married couple of the same name has been dedicated to women’s representations of post-war and contemporary art. The feminine therefore runs like a common thread through the entire collection. The positions include works by Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke or Eric Fischl. Naturally, some painters, photographers and sculptors are also represented, including Sibylle Bergemann, Barbara Klemm or Cornelia Schleime. A representative selection will be on display on 300 square meters.






The large-format work “Madeleine mit Spiegel” from Swedish private ownership will be presented publicly for the first time in Germany in the program of the gallery “Die Möwe”. © Salon gallery “The Seagull”




However, the feminine also shows itself away from the special show. For example, the lost work “Madeleine mit Spiegel” by the important artist Lotte Laserstein will be on display in the art KARLSRUHE. The large-format work from Swedish private ownership will be publicly presented in Germany for the first time. The painting is exhibited by the Berlin salon gallery “The Seagull” in Hall 4.


Media art at art KARLSRUHE


Just like the special shows, media art is also at home in the newly designed Hall 3, which is now under the motto “Art and Communication”. The award of the city of Karlsruhe as the only German “UNESCO City of Media Arts” so far is also reflected there. More than ever, it has been possible to present media art at the Karlsruhe Art Fair, be it light art or video installations as well as augmented reality applications. Not only the city of Karlsruhe, but also the ZKM are represented with their own stand. A highlight is the work of the media artist Jonas Denzel, specially made for the fair on the initiative of the Karlsruhe Cultural Office, who plays an interactive video installation on a large LED wall. With the “footprint” project, which was supported by Bechtle AG, the artist would like to draw attention to the question of how we manage to reduce our ecological footprint in order to ensure a sustainable future. The digital reflection of the feet of each individual person is depicted, abstracted, mirrored and alienated. A simple image becomes a complex duplication.


The supporting program


Also in Hall 3 will take place on the 7th and 8th. July (from 2:00 p.m.) the two-day ARTIMA art meeting will take place. This year, the openly accessible symposium comprises six lectures that deal with the topic of “Art operation with, against and after Corona.” Award ceremonies are also part of art KARLSRUHE. In addition to the Hans Platschek Prize for Art and Writing and the art KARLSRUHE Prize for the Best One Artist Show, the Loth Sculpture Prize, which is donated by L-Bank, is once again awarded. This repeatedly provides 20,000 euros in prize money, which benefits the artist and gallery owner alike.




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