Successful mixture of contemporary and classical art reaches an inquisitive and shopping audience in Cologne
Praise from all sides for new hall layout
ART COLOGNE in November, that worked excellently again this year. Rd. 190 galleries and art dealers from 26 countries presented a successful and consistently sophisticated mixture of works of art for five days. This was rewarded: in addition to numerous collectors, the exhibiting galleries were able to welcome interested parties from the museum landscape, institutions and art consultants at their stands. The regional anchoring of ART COLOGNE in the Rhineland, in the greater North Rhine-Westphalia and Benelux area, was fully absorbed by the autumn date. Top-class guests also from the USA, Austria and Switzerland came to Cologne to convince themselves of the carefully curated range of contemporary works, classical modernism and post-war art. The new hall layout with airy plazas that created space for large-format sculptures, spacious corridors and a consistently implemented visitor tour convinced exhibitors and visitors alike.
If you followed the colored floor stripes, you can’t miss a highlight, ART COLOGNE director Daniel Hug had announced in advance. And in fact, the new routing was well received, led to more clarity and thus to more peace of mind to accommodate the works of art. The change of top galleries, medium-sized galleries and newcomers underlined the great variety of the offer, which varied between millions of works and favorable surprises. ART COLOGNE in November has its own radiance. Apart from the fact that the date fits well into the worldwide art fair calendars, it is nice to be able to build on the original November tradition again,” Hug describes the course of the fair. “The audience response was really good, especially because so many top-class trade fair guests were in Cologne,” Hug continued. In total, approx. 43,000 trade fair visitors to the exhibition halls.
The number of visitors was great on all days in Hall 11.2, where the focus was on contemporary art.
The Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery (Salzburg/Paris/London) gave a monumental painting (950,000 euros) and a smaller work by Alex Katz as well as a painting by Martha Jungwirt. “We care for our customers in the Rhineland at ART COLOGNE,” says gallery director Arne Ehmann.
The gallery Karsten Greve (Cologne/Paris/St. Moritz), another global player among gallery owners in Hall 11.2, was particularly successful with her young artists. “We are happy if we can expand their market,” said Greve, who handed over more than 25 works to art lovers from Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Galerie Sprüth Magers (Berlin/London/Los Angeles/New York) was very successful. A work by John Baldessari ($275,000) and an oil painting by Anne Imhoff (120,000 euros) were placed in private European collections, as well as a tapestry by Thomas Ruff (100,000 euros) and three paintings by Andreas Schulze (5,500 euros each). A photograph by Bernd & Hilla Becher (20,000 euros) went to a private collector in the USA. A drawing of George Condo ($150,000) was secured by a Swiss collector.
The Galerie Eigen + Art (Berlin/Leipzig) also received great popularity. “The first day was spectacular,” inspired gallery manager Christian Ehrentraut. Maja Behrmann’s wooden sculptures in the conveyor buoy were particularly in demand; works by David Schnell, Tim Eitel and Titus Schade were also sold. Raul Walch’s Mobile made of self-dyed fabrics was also secured by a collector.
“We sold regularly and had a great response at our stand,” reported Sabine Schiffer from Galerie Werner (Cologne/Berlin/London/New York), which had equipped her stand with well over 250 works on paper by Baselitz, Lüpertz, Penck, Immendorff and other artists of the gallery.
Business at Galerie Gisela Capitain (Cologne) also went well. Some of Wade Guyton’s works, which were created especially for the fair, were sold (15,000 US dollars each), as well as two works by Charlene van Heyl (27,000 euros each), monotypes by Laura Owens and works by Isabella Ducrot.
“We had many of our customers at the stand, but were also able to win new ones,” said Sascha Welchering from the internationally active Galerie Max Hetzler (Berlin/Paris/London/Marfa). Up to 200,000 euros was sold well, e.g. Works by Hans Hartung, André Butzer, Albert Oehlen and William Copley.
Galerie Daniel Buchholz sold a large oil painting by Anne Imhoff (140,000 euros) and a painting by Vera Palme.
Brigitte Schenk from Cologne has sold three of Maria Zerres’ large-format paintings (120,000 euros each), several museums expressed interest in Klaus vom Bruch’s historical video installation. The 3D computer graphics installation “Penumbra” by Dennis Del Favero, which puts viewers in cinematic forest fire scenes, was also taken into account by institutions.
The Munich gallery Jahn and Jahn sold a painting by Hermann Nitsch (160,000 euros), as well as works by Hedwig Eberle and Imi Knoebel. Museums were interested in the works of the supporting artist Soyon Jung.
“Well attended, good people,” says the conclusion of Galerie van Horn (Düsseldorf). Gallery owner Daniela Steinfeld sold works by Anys Reimann to the Bonn Art Museum and to private collectors, as well as works by Jan Albers. “The autumn date is much better,” says the Düsseldorfer.
Very satisfied was new exhibitor Rodolphe Janssen from Belgium, who found a buyer for a large-format woodcut by Gert and Uwe Tobias and gave seven ink drawings by Omar Manfoud as well as a large acrylic work by Cornelia Baltes. “We are happy to be here,” says the Brussels art dealer.
There was also a good mood at the joint stand of Anke Schmidt and Thomas Zander. Works by Joanna Piotroska, who is currently participating in the Venice Biennale, were particularly in demand. Photographs by Henry Wessel and a painting by James White were also sold. “All collectors were there,” Zander stated satisfied.
“German expressionists are the hit,” Laszlo von Vertes noted, “we had a great demand and made significant sales.” The Zurich gallery owner mediated August Macke’s important oil painting “Schlucht am Tegernsee” among others. “Many great collectors were there, including from Belgium and France, and our expectations have already been exceeded,” says von Vertes, who was pleased with the great media interest that his booth was given because of the museum paintings by Claude Monet and Gerhard Richter. “Despite the crises, there is a great demand for art, which is a solid investment,” stated the trader, who showed top-class works of classical modernism.
“We have a high proportion of new customers,” Galerist Thole Rotermund was pleased, “in addition, we were able to make many new contacts, although we have been participating in the Cologne art fairs for 20 years.” “The vernissage was very good, but the following days were also satisfactorily attended,” said the Hamburg art dealer with a focus on paper works of classical modernism, who was successful with the “Merry Christmas” drawings and other works on paper by Lyonel Feininger and also the large watercolor “Three Farmers in front of a wooden house” by Ernst
“Extremely lively,” it is this year, said Manuel Ludorff from the Düsseldorf gallery of the same name, who was able to welcome “relevant collectors” at his stand and was happy about a shopping audience. “People like to come, and the trade fair date in autumn is a gift,” stated the long-standing ART COLOGNE participant. Among other things, the gallery was able to sell a work by Otto Mueller “Sittender weiblicher Akt” from about 1925 for an amount of 245,000 euros.
Already on the opening evening, the Paris Gallery Lelong had sold a bronze by Markus Lüpertz (65,000 euros), a painting by Konrad Klapheck and drawings by David Nash. “We are very happy with our large stand and were able to welcome good collectors,” says Nathalie Berghere-Compoint.
“Quality and selection at ART COLOGNE are fantastic,” praised new exhibitor SmithDavidson (Amsterdam), who showed Aboriginal Art and placed an important work by Rover Thomas in a collection. “We are very happy, Daniel Hug is doing a good job,” says David Smith.
“Die Galerie” from Frankfurt was pleased about the sale of the bronze “Oiseaux tete” (6-digit price) and the frottage “Foret” by Max Ernst. The Wiener Galerie Wienerroither & Kohlbacher was talking about Egon Schiele’s watercolor “Kniender female nude”. “The audience is interested in the works we exhibit here, and we like the fair very much,” said Lui Wienerroither.
“All collectors are there, the Benelux countries are also represented,” reported Lukas Minssen from Galerie Utermann (Dortmund). “Very good” was the trade fair start of the gallery owner, who sold numerous sculptures and drawings by Norbert Kricke and paper objects by Angela Glajcar. “There is a positive basic mood here, we are very optimistic,” says Minssen.
Marvin Ackermann from the Cologne-Düsseldorfer Galerie Benden & Ackermann was “very satisfied.” “We had a good opening with significantly more international visitors than last year. The mood at the fair is very positive, we notice that many people want to beautify their lives with art in the current situation.” The sculptures and wall works of the artist Willi Siber were almost sold out, and the pop art specialists also parted with Claes Oldenburg’s “London Knees” (125,000 euros) in the first days of the fair.
Quentin Grosjean from the Belgian gallery QG Gallery, which occupied a joint stand with the also Belgian gallery Edouard Simoens, is also pleased about a good course of the fair. Several works could be sold, including a painting by Georg Baselitz for approx. 100,000 euros, a work by Andy Warhol for approx. 150,000 euros and a Günther Förg (50,000 euros).
Jochum Rodgers, who had organized a solo show for the artist Sofie Dawo, aroused interest among institutions. A textile work from 1963 was sold for 42,000 euros.
Galerie East from Strasbourg found a buyer for a Roy Lichtenstein tapestry for 120,000 euros. “Participating was a good experience for us, we met many interesting people,” reported gallery owner Steven Riff.
List of reported sales
Benden and Ackermann
Sculptures and murals by Willi Siber
Claes Oldenburg’s “London Knees” 125,000 euros
Gallery Daniel Buchholz
Oil painting by Anne Imhoff (140,000 euros)
Works by Wade Guyton, which were created especially for the fair (15,000 US dollars each),
Works by Charlene van Heyl (27,000 euros each), monotypes by Laura Owens and works by Isabella Ducrot.
Own + Art
Wooden sculptures by Maja Behrmann, 1,200 to 9,000 euros; works by David Schnell, Tim Eitel and Titus Schade.
Raul Walch Mobile made of self-dyed fabrics, 22,000 euros
Works by Hans Hartung, André Butzer, Albert Oehlen and William Copley.
Jahn and Jahn
Paintings by Hermann Nitsch (160,000 euros), as well as works by Hedwig Eberle and Imi Knoebel.
Works by the patron Soyon Jung
Woodcut by Gert and Uwe Tobias
Seven ink drawings by Omar Manfoud
Large acrylic work by Cornelia Baltes
Textile work by Sofie Dawo from 1963 for 42,000 euros
Bronze by Markus Lüpertz (65,000 euros), paintings by Konrad Klapheck and drawings by David Nash
Charcoal drawing by Hans Hartung, 1960, 55,000 euros
Otto Mueller, Sitting Female Nude, approx. 1925, 245,000 euros
Color serigraphy by Rupprecht Geiger, 1,650 euros each
Color etching by Karin Kneffel 3,400 euros
Oil painting by Christopher Lehmpfuhl, 12,000/ 22,000 euros
QG Gallery / Eduourd Simonens
Works by Georg Baselitz, Andy Warhol and Günter Förg between 50,000 euros and 150,000 euros
Three large-format paintings by Maria Zerres (120,000 euros each)
Lyonel Feininger, drawings “Merry Christmas”, watercolor, ink feather, gold color,
Watercolor by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner “Three farmers in front of a wooden house” (5-digit price)
Drawing by August Macke
important work of the Aboriginal Rover Thomas
Work by John Baldessari ($275,000)
Photography by Bernd & Hilla Becher (20,000 euros)
Drawing by George Condo ($150,000)
Tapestry by Thomas Ruff (100,000 euros)
numerous sculptures and drawings by Norbert Kricke and paper objects by Angela Glajcar
August Macke “Gloe on Lake Tegernsee”
Works by Joanna Piotroska, who is currently attending the Venice Biennale
Photographs by Henry Wessel
Painting by James White
The next ART COLOGNE will take place in November 2023.