COLLABORATIONS - Encounters in art

With the COLLABORATIONS sector, ART COLOGNE offers galleries the opportunity to present themselves together with partners. The approaches can in fact be eminently complex in the process. COLLABORATIONS can also represent historical components, such as in the case of the Galerie Kleindienst, which is honouring the influential painter Arno Rink, one of the pioneers of the Leipzig School, and his impact on subsequent generations of artists. Thirty-two galleries are participating under these auspices and will convey new ideas revolving around cooperation and the dialogue between artists, galleries, themes or stylistic directions. The sector was curated by Michelle Cotton, Director of the Bonn Kunstverein (art society) and Gigiotto del Vecchio, Archivio Conz, Berlin.

Here an overview:

The ammann//gallery (Cologne) is staging a dialogue between Hélène Binet and Zaha Hadid, in which the reciprocal references between architecture, art and design become visible. The focus is on Binet's photographs, in which the structures and light compositions become experienceable in Hadid's structures. The interaction between art and architecture is expanded by Hadid's designs for furniture, jewellery and fashion products in the field of design.

Guido B. Baudach (Berlin) is cooperating with Blank Projects (Cape Town) and showing works of the artists Philipp Modersohn, Thomas Zipp and Tamina Amadjar, who originates from Afghanistan and combines colour field painting with oriental influences. Blank Projects (Cape Town) is concentrating on the photographer Sabelo Mlangeni, who has made the complex cultural identities of today's South African society the theme of his black and white photos.

At its stand, Galerie Mathias Güntner (Hamburg) is staging a dialogue between the Hungarian Endre Tot and the twenty-year younger Monika Brandmeier, who both work with language.

Natalia Hug (Cologne) and Aurel Scheibler (Berlin) will furnish their pavilion with works by Carolin Eidner, who paints with pigmented plaster on Styrofoam.

Galerie Knoell (Basel) and Larkin Erdmann (Zurich) look at the versatile Swiss artist Max Bill, who studied at the Bauhaus in Dessau. The multi-talent was active as an architect and designer, but also achieved fame as a sculptor, graphic artist and painter.

Le Guern (Warsaw) and Zahorian & Van Espen (Prague, Bratislava) juxtapose established positions like Tomasz Ciecierski and Ania Borzobohaty with the young artists Juraj Kollar and Stefan Papco.

Kleindienst (Leipzig) honours the painter Arno Rink, who passed away in 2017 and was a pioneer of the Leipzig School. His works in combination with works of the artists influenced by him are the subject of the generational dialogue.

Daniel Marzona (Berlin) is sharing the stand with Rolando Anselmi (Berlin, Rome). The gallery owners bring together works of the sculptors Johannes Wald and Gianni Caravaggio. Wald works with traditional materials and techniques, while Caravaggio utilises sculpture as a spontaneous medium for dealing with themes unrelated to it. The commonality of the two artists is in the fact that they avoid the explicit image in their work.

Parrota Contemporary Art (Cologne) combines works of the Dutch artist Pieter Laurens Mol with the photographs of Timm Rautert.

Esther Schipper (Berlin) and DREI (Cologne) are organising a solo show for the American Julia Scher, who teaches at the KHM, and who deals with surveillance and control mechanisms in her work.

The Berlin galleries Soy Capitán and Tanja Wagner produce a polyphonmic dialogue between six feminist positions with varying biographies and geographical origins.

Hubert Winter (Vienna) brings together two protagonists of feminist conceptual art with his debut at Art Cologne with the Austrian Birgit Jürgensen and the Turkish-French artist Nil Yalter. Nil Yalter is also currently represented in the Museum Ludwig with an extensive exhibition.

Galerie Thomas Zander (Cologne) confronts monochrome paintings of the Cologne painter Günter Umberg with paintings of the Londoner James White, who reproduces everyday objects and situations in black and white still lifes.

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