ART COLOGNE Prize 2017

Günter Herzog awarded the ART COLOGNE Prize 2017

The Zentralarchiv des Internationalen Kunsthandels (central archive of the international art trade) (ZADIK) celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2017. Prof. Günter Herzog, scientific head of the institute since 2002, is the recipient of this year's ART COLOGNE Prize. The ART COLOGNE Prize is awarded jointly each year by the German association of galleries and art dealers (BVDG) and Koelnmesse for exceptional performance in the communication of art. The prize will be awarded in the presence of invited guests on Thursday, 14 April 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the historic city hall of Cologne.

Günter Herzog took a doctoral degree and qualified as a professor at the University of Cologne, where he has been teaching the cultural and social history of art, as well as the history of the art trade since 1998, and where he was named an adjunct professor in 2008. Two years ago, it was possible to link the ZADIK as a so-called An-Institut (adjunct institute) to the specialist field of art history of the University of Cologne; the perfect foundation for the art market master degree course, which was established here in 2014.

Guenter Herzog

The ZADIK was founded in 1992 by the BVDG and was linked with the Bundeskunsthalle (Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany) in Bonn until 2001. It moved to Cologne into a former branch of the Sparkasse KölnBonn in 2001. The bank's SK Stiftung Kultur has since acted as the main sponsor of the ZADIK. This was followed in 2007 by the move to the Mediapark, where it maintains a large magazine, offices and a showroom. The original exhibitions regularly conceived of by Günter Herzog on the occasion of ART COLOGNE can be seen both at the trade fair and in the facilities of ZADIK.

Since the handing over of the first major donation by the Cologne-based Galerie der Spiegel, more than 150 collections can be found in the inventory of the ZADIK; from galleries and institutions, from collectors and curators, as well as from photographers and art critics. With Hauswedell & Nolte (Hamburg), it was for the first time possible to acquire the estate of a renowned auction house. Last summer, two trucks delivered 900 boxes, which now wait to be opened.

Renowned provenance researchers and museum curators appreciate the possibilities for research offered by the ZADIK, the same applying for the pleasant work climate on location, the support and the interest with which every question is addressed by Günter Herzog. Because primary sources are reactivated by diverse usage here, pioneers of the art market are discovered and mostly new chapters of art history can be opened, an ever increasing number of potential donors are considering handing over their private and business archives to the ZADIK.

Under the aegis of Günter Herzog, the ZADIK became an interface between the art business and the science of art. Its cooperative ventures with the documenta archive in Kassel, the documentation centre for contemporary art in Vienna or the Guggenheim Foundation in New York have resulted in international recognition of the ZADIK. This is honoured by the ART COLOGNE Prize, which is endowed with 10,000 Euro and is awarded annually for exceptional performance in the mediation of art by the BVDG and Koelnmesse.

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