【DE】Artistic comeback of art KARLSRUHE started

With its vernissage, art KARLSRUHE – Classical Modernism and Contemporary Art has started its summer comeback.


“We are very pleased that the real encounter with art in Karlsruhe is possible again after more than two years and that we were also able to feel great anticipation in the ranks of our exhibitors,” summed up Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe. Until Sunday, the 10th. July 2022, 215 galleries from 12 countries transform the Karlsruhe exhibition halls into a summer festival of art.


Galleries take stock


Already at the preview on Wednesday (6. July 2022), a large part of the 215 galleries drew a positive balance. The fact that art KARLSRUHE can take place again is a real liberation blow. And I think the scheduling equalization for other events is really good – I have also received very positive feedback from visitors. We are very happy that we are here,” described Andreas Herrmann, owner of the mianki Gallery from Berlin, for example.


Galerie Gilden’s Art (London) is also pleased about the comeback and first sales as part of the preview: “The collectors who come to art KARLSRUHE are extraordinarily loyal, art-loving and very pleasant. It is also great that they come back every year without exception. This has convinced us for years,” says Ofer Gildor.


Pia Petzold from Galerie Schmalfuss (Marburg) also speaks positively about the mood at the preview: “It’s nice to be there, to be able to show a wide range of beautiful things – and also to be in Karlsruhe in good weather. The audience is grateful and art-savvy.”


New trade fair experience thanks to new hall structure


Particularly pleasing this year is the high number of recurring galleries that present themselves and their art in Karlsruhe. Around 97% of this year’s exhibitors have already participated in art KARLSRUHE in the past. “For us, this is an important signal that the art business sees our fair as a profitable platform and is happy to pay us a visit,” says Britta Wirtz. Despite many familiar names, the trade fair experience will be a new one for visitors. Just like the summer appointment, a revised hall structure invites you to exciting discoveries.


While Hall 1 is dedicated to art after 1945 and contemporary art, art lovers will now find printmaking, edition objects and ContemporaryArt21 in Hall 2 – i.e. very current works. Since this year, the dm-arena has been instrumental in the sign of classical modernism, but also takes into account those parts of the program of exhibitors who deal with contemporary artistic positions. More than 60 exhibitors present art from the corresponding period here. This meets the claim of art KARLSRUHE to be the fair in German-speaking countries with one of the strongest investments in classical modernism.


Hall 3 has the biggest innovation ready. This is where the topics of “art” and “communication” meet in the course of the Karlsruhe Art Fair. “The interaction of the fields of art and communication enables new synergies – both for visitors and for the exhibitors there,” says Ewald Karl Schrade, curator of art KARLSRUHE.


Like the Sonderschau Druckgrafik and the Sonderschau of the private collection Klöcker, media art is also at home in Hall 3. In addition to a stand of the city of Karlsruhe, which represents the UNESCO City of Media Arts, the Karlsruhe ZKM is also represented, which is on site with works from the exhibition BioMedien.




The sculpture garden – spunned by the Vollack Group. Credits: Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner




Experience art in the open air


The summer trade fair visit is rounded off by the sculpture garden – sponsored by the Vollack Group. On the green area between the exhibition halls, three-dimensional art can be experienced outdoors.


The “Karlsruhe Multiple” was also presented in the atrium this year. The art project initiated by Vollack and carried out together with the Karlsruhe Zoo and the State Majolica Manufaktur combines nature and culture. For the fourth time in a row, a work of art from renowned sculptural hands draws attention to an endangered animal species. In 2022, it will be the hippo. The work entitled “Blue” by the artist Irmela Maier will be presented to the public for the first time at the fair. As in previous years, proceeds from the sale of a series limited to 100 pieces will go to the Zoo Karlsruhe Art Protection Foundation.



Photo: art-karlsruhe.de




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