ART COLOGNE offers unique insight into the current art scene on two hall levels, from modern and postwar to important contemporary positions. 177 galleries, including top galleries from the entire world, present a field of participants unique in Germany. More than half of the galleries come from abroad, namely from 24 countries. The young, up-and-coming galleries of the NEUMARKT sector will be placed together with the galleries of the CONTEMPORARY sector on one hall level (11.2) for the first time. The MODERN / POSTWAR sector can be found in hall 11.1 as usual. A total of 14 different COLLABORATIONS will complement the presentations on both levels.

The following contains an overview of the CONTEMPORARY and
MODERN / POSTWAR sectors (galleries in alphabetical order). For NEUMARKT and COLLABORATIONS, see the press releases 7 and 8.

CONTEMPORARY - contemporary art in hall 11.2

The Galerie Akinci (Amsterdam) is focusing on a sculpture installation of Anne Wenzel as the centrepiece of its presentation. The German-Dutch sculptor takes memorial sites and monuments as her theme; her preferred material is ceramics, the properties of which she explores to the boundaries of the possible. The Galerie Bo Bjerggaard (Copenhagen) focuses on the monumental drawings of the Berlin-based Brigitte Waldach. The diptych "Les fleurs du mal", which is fresh from the studio, was inspired by Charles Baudelaire's volume of poetry of the same name. Galerie Buchholz (Cologne) presents photographs by Wolfgang Tillmann, among other works. Blain/Southern (Berlin, London) focuses on artists who made a splash in the 1990s and 2000s under the label "Young British Artists" due to their open approach to process and material. Among the main actors, the works of which can be seen at the curated stand, are Mat Collishaw and Jake & Dinos Chapman.

Galerie Gisela Capitain (Cologne) presents, among other things, works of the two artists Karla Black and Ximena Garrido-Lecca. Contemporary Fine Arts (Berlin) shows works of the painters TAL R and Eberhard Havekost, who are of the same age and both take up contemporary themes, distinguishing themselves through the exuberant use of colour.

Prominent names like Stephan Balkenhol, Tony Cragg, Günther Förg and Imi Knoebel can be found in the programme of the Deweer Gallery (Otegem). Their works are supplemented by works of Thomas Kratza and John Körner, as well as Nasan Tur and Anna Vogel. Birgit Brenner and David Schnell are among the established and popular positions in the programme of Galerie Eigen + Art (Berlin, Leipzig). Galerie Forsblom (Stockholm) has announced some large-format collages by Hans Andersson, who creates these from countless found scraps of paper. The counterpoint to this is provided by the colourful mixed techniques of Jannis Varelas. The focus of Galerie Laurent Godin (Paris) is on contemporary French artists, including the sculptor Vincent Olinet and the painter Alain Sechas. The works of the Chinese artist Wang Du, who resides in Paris, should also cause a stir.

Stocked with the usual high quality is the stand of Galerie Karsten Greve (Cologne, Paris, St. Moritz), where one will encounter, among others, works by Gotthard Graubner, Joel Shapiro and Leiko Ikemura. Galerie Haas (Zürich) juxtaposes works by Günther Förg and Sigmar Polke with the dissonant image spaces of Daniel Richter and seemingly innocent representations of Kerstin Grimm. Galerie Reinhard Hauff (Stuttgart) has one of the most important protagonists of contemporary computer-generated art in its programme with Tim Berresheim, who makes the effects of digital technologies the subject of his explorations. Thomas Locher, on the other hand, examines the function, the use and the poetic impact of language.

Galerie Hauser & Wirth (Zurich) dedicates its presentation at ART COLOGNE this year to the Hungarian-born and New York-based artist Rita Ackermann. The new paintings of the Mama, Sister and Chalkboard series represent continuing developments of the groups of works of the same name that could be seen at the beginning of the year in Ackermann's highly praised solo exhibition 'Brother and Sister' at Hauser & Wirth Zurich.

Galerie Jochen Hempel (Leipzig) confronts figuratively painting artists like Ulf Puder with the abstractions of Peter Krauskopf and the minimalist sculptures of Jong Oh. With the Dutch artists Karel Appel and Heinz Butz, Galerie Jahn und Jahn (Munich) has important postwar artists in its programme, who are juxtaposed with paintings by Thomas Arnold and Ioan Grosu fresh from the studio. Galerie Kadel Wilborn (Düsseldorf) announces new works of the 82 year-old American Barbara Kasten as a highlight, who brings painting, sculpture, photography and architecture into a shared context in her work. The gallery is showing the young Düsseldorf painter Vivian Greven, whose works merge motifs of classical antiquity and Pop Art with digital image worlds, for the first time at Art Cologne. The third artist is Shannon Bool, who harks back to church interiors and graffiti from the Middle Ages in the sculpture series "All Saints Bench".

Established positions like Anish Kapoor and Olaf Metzel will be juxtaposed by the Galerie Bernd Klüser (Munich) with Lori Nix, who creates miniature worlds in meticulous manual work, which she then photographs with the most careful lighting.  Eyecatchers at the stand of Galerie Sabine Knust (Munich) are the coloured sculptures of aluminium plate by Thomas Kiesewetter. Radenko Milak created a large-format, multiple-part city view of Cologne especially for this year's art fair appearance of the Christine König Galerie (Vienna). Milak transforms iconic images from world history into black and white watercolours. Other artists at the stand are Johanna Kandl and Thomas Hartmann. The Eleni Koroneou Gallery (Athens) confronts Helmut Middendorf with a younger generation of artists, to which Lito Kattou also belongs, who received the ART COLOGNE Award for New Positions 2018.

Galerie Christian Lethert (Cologne) brings together the polygonal Betoni of Imi Knoebel from 1990 with the fresh-from-the-studio, dynamic, abstract painting on polyester fabric of Natascha Schmitten. Galerie Löhrl (Mönchengladbach) presents sculptors with varying thematic orientations with Stephan Balkenhol, Gil Shachar and Kristina Berning; the caesura here is provided by the paintings of Dirk Salz.

Claire Fontaine's work "Evil/Good" from 2017, an LED box that includes the Apple symbol, is being exhibited by Galerie Neu (Berlin). In addition to other artists, a work by Albert Oehlen can be seen: "Baustelle" (construction site), a digital print from 1998.

Natalia Obadia (Brussels/Paris), who is organising a solo show for Joris van de Moortel, has her first appearance at Art Cologne. The young Belgian, who is active as a musician and visual artist, takes his impulses from, among other sources, the medieval pictorial world of Hans Holbein. He uses relics from earlier musical performances for his object boxes. Highlights at Giorgio Persano (Turin) are works of the Arte Povera artists Michelangelo Pistoletti and Mario Merz, which are juxtaposed with works of the Dutch conceptual artist and multiple documenta participant Jan Dibbets.

Galerie Rupert Pfab (Düsseldorf) shows complex paper collages from Frauke Dannert, which originate from photocopies and newspaper clippings. These are confronted with objects of the draughtsman and sculptor Alfonso Hüppi, who is tow generations older. Produzentengalerie (Hamburg) is juxtaposing sculptural objects by Olaf Metzel with the brilliantly colourful quilt by Ulla von Brandenburg, to whom the Kunstmuseum Bonn recently dedicated an exhibition. Paintings by Christoph Blawert and a print fresh from the studio of the concept artist Annika Kahrs supplement the presentation. William Anastasi, whose works will be shown at the stand of the Thomas Rehbein Galerie (Cologne), is one of the first concept artists. Among the more recent positions at Rehbein is Francois Jacob, who designs disturbing scenarios in paintings executed in the style of the old masters.

Galerie Thaddeus Ropac (Salzburg/Paris) represents the estate of the artist Rosemarie Castoro. She is one of the few female protagonists of Minimal Art and was one of the central figures of the New York art scene of the 1960s. During this period, she explored unusual colour compositions in her minimalist painting; from the 1970s until her passing in 2015, she concentrated on sculptural experimentation. Other famous artists in the portfolio of the gallery are Anthony Gormley, Alex Katz, Robert Rauschenberg and the German painting star Daniel Richter.

With Alice Neel, Galerie Aurel Scheibler (Berlin) shows one of the most important American artists of the 20th century. Schönewald Fine Art (Düsseldorf) has high profile contemporary artists in its programme with Katharina Fritsch and Gerhard Richter. Andreas Schmitten, conceptual artist and sculptor, who is known for extensive installations, is present with the object "Die Nacht" (The Night).

Galerie Hans Strelow (Düsseldorf) is bringing one of the largest paintings ever painted by the Danish painter Per Kirkeby, among others, with it to Cologne. The work measures 3 x 3 metres and is from the year 1997.

At the Paris Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, works of the Recycle Group from Russia, among others, are in the programme. Behind the group name are Andrey Blokhin (1987) and Georgy Kuznetsov (1985), who are among the important artists of the younger Russian generation.

Galerie David Zwirner (New York) is coming to Cologne with an edition from Joseph Beuys. New sculptures of the American artist Carol Bove and a new work by Oscar Murillo can also be seen. Works by Anni Albers, Joseph Albers, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter, as well as works by Suzan Frecon, Isa Genzken, Raoul de Keyser, Raymond Pettibon, Neo Rauch, Thomas Ruff, Al Taylor and  Wolfgang Tillmans are also among the highlights.

MODERN /POSTWAR  Modern & postwar art in hall 11.1

The Bailly Gallery (Geneva) is bringing Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's watercolour "Nackte Frau und Mädchen“ (Nude woman and girl) from 1925, which originates from a private collection, with it to Cologne, among other works. Galerie Boisserée (Cologne) is organising a show with selected graphic print works by Sean Scully at its stand; the singular work of Joan Miró is honoured with extraordinary works on paper and graphic prints. Another highlight of this year's fair appearance is a selection of works on wood, canvas and paper from the years 1988 to 2007 by Antonio Tapiés.

The meeting point for photography lovers is provided by the galleries Johannes Faber (Vienna) and Julian Sander (Cologne). The former has a movement study by Rudolf Koppitz from 1925 on offer; Sander presents a selection of rarities from the life's work of August Sander. The rare vintages include an outstanding work with the portrait "Der Komponist (Paul Hindemith)". With William Copley and Willi Baumeister, Galerie Friese (Berlin) has two classic painting positions in its programme.

An oil painting from the family of August Macke is being offered by Galerie Henze & Ketterer (Wichtrach/Bern). The "Bildnis Walter Macke mit Rosenstrauß" (Portrait of Walter Macke with bouquet of roses) from 1913 portrays a cheerfully mischievous boy sitting at a table. The oil painting almost has the character of a watercolour. Another absolute highlight is Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's painting from 1930, "Sängerin am Piano“ (Singer at the piano), which the artist himself considered to be one of his best works. Galerie Konzett (Vienna) offers works of the Vienna Actionists Otto Muehl and Günter Brus. The Galerie Lahumière (Paris) is dedicating its presence, with the Op Artist Victor Vasarely, to a prominent representative of concrete-constructive art, and is focusing in particular on his work from the 1950s.

Max Liebermann's painting "Enkelin und Kinderfrau im Wannseegarten“ (Granddaughter and nanny in the garden at Wannsee) from 1929 is one of the highlights at the stand of Galerie Ludorff (Düsseldorf). Another rarity on the art market is Anselm Kiefer's monumental work "Die Ordnung der Engel“ (The order of the angels), which is reminiscent of apocalyptic world and maritime landscapes with its dense weave of the most varied materials.

Kamel Mennour (Paris, London) presents Lee Ufan as a solo show. Centre Pompidou in Metz is currently showing a retrospective of the painter and sculptor, who is known for his minimalist style.

Among the stars at the stand of Galerie Mitterand (Paris) is Niki de Phalle. Among other works, the offering includes a small-format "Nana Machine" from an edition that was published in 1976. Also prominent is Richard Pettibone, one of the pioneers of Appropriation Art. The gallery is bringing emblematic miniature replicas with it to its first appearance at Art Cologne, which he produced in the 1960s from works of his colleagues Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

Thole Rotermund Kunsthandel (Hamburg) places August Macke at the centre of its presentation and gathers select drawings and watercolours of the artist at its stand. The highlights include sketchbook sheets originating from his legendary Tunis journey, as well as representations of strollers and passers-by. Rotermund is also offering works on paper by Franz Marc, Lyonel Feiniger, Alexej von Jawlensky and other greats of modern art. Galerie Ruberl (Vienna) is bringing works by Oskar Kokoschka, Arnulf Rainer and Günter Brus, which are confronted by the paintings of Michael Horsky. The highlights include a drawing by Joseph Beuys originating from 1957, and thus years before his first actionist performances. "Mädchen (Hasenblut)" (Girl (Hare Blood) is the title of the pronouncedly beautifully lined and delicate work.

Walter Storms Galerie (Munich) is showing works by important artists of the 60s and 70s at this year's ART COLOGNE, among others, including from Günter Fruhtrunk and Raimund Girke. Suppan Fine Arts (Vienna) presents the Bauhaus artist and designer Herbert Bayer as a solo show. Taguchi Fine Art (Tokyo) represents the light artist Regine Schumann, among others, in whose work colourful, fluorescing acrylic glass plays a special role. Galerie Thomas (Munich) has an object by Günter Haese on offer that originates from the estate of the artist. Haese, an exceptional phenomenon in the art scene, often included clock parts in his delicate sculptures, which originated in meticulous manual work.  One area of focus of Galerie Valentien (Stuttgart) is the work of the Italian Piero Dorazio, who developed a personal style from linear stripes and colour placements. On offer are works from his later career, in which the brilliant colourfulness of his works reached their zenith.

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