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Galleries and dealers of both art fairs presented ambitious programmes

ART COLOGNE 2021 and COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN: Good run, good sales, good atmosphere

A knowledgeable public allowed itself to be inspired, many good sales

How do art fairs work under pandemic conditions? The Cologne fair organisers can now answer the questions: when all safety measures are observed, it is possible to present a real art market that is visited by real art enthusiasts who even buy real art and take it home with them.

"Our thanks go to the galleries and dealers that made a fantastic, ambitious programme possible and thus presented visitors with a longed-for art experience."

Daniel Hug
Director of ART COLOGNE

Galleries reported many sales

Visitors of ART COLOGNE 2021

Visitors of ART COLOGNE 2021

Around 34,000 art fair guests didn't miss the chance to visit the art fair and kept to the "3G" (vaccinated, recovered or tested) and mask obligations in a disciplined fashion. In the process, it was evident that one can rely on the loyal collectors of the Rhine region, as well as of the metropolitan areas between the Rhine, the Ruhr and neighbouring Benelux communities. The exhibitors of both art fairs thus not only praised the quite knowledgeable and curious public, but were also able in many cases to report good sales.

"Our planning with wider airy corridors and quiet zones ensured not only the required distancing but also provided a sense of relaxation. The art could thus also be seen better, which was to everyone's advantage."

Daniel Hug
Director of ART COLOGNE

Political and socio-critical statements

The reduction of the number of exhibitors to around 150 galleries at ART COLOGNE and around 60 exhibitors at COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN also contributed to the relaxed atmosphere. In addition to gallery heavyweights, young galleries and dealers also exhibited more artists with political and socio-critical statements.

Photocredit: Sebastian Drün

The Galerie Eigen + Art (Berlin/Leipzig) was successful at this year's ART COLOGNE with the concept of concentrating on young artists that are new in their programme. Igor Hosnedl's large-format painting on paper found a buyer, as did Stefan Guggisberg's work "Tal". All works by Brett Charles Seiler and sculptures of lathed wood by Maja Behrmann (between 3,000 and 7,000 Euro) were sold. "The collectors in the Rhineland are really very inquisitive", gallery owner Judy Lybcke has observed from many years of experience.

"Satisfied under the given circumstances" was the summary of Galerie Hans Mayer (Düsseldorf). "We made good sales. The collectors of the Rhine region were amply represented and ensured a good mood", announced Marie Mayer, who also thinks the pairing of ART COLOGNE and COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN is "a good idea".

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Gallery König

Gallery König

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (Salzburg/Paris/London) brokered sculptures by Tony Cragg 2/5 to a French and a Rhineland collection; Arnulf Rainer's "Fußmalve" from 1977 was snapped up by a Munich collector. Vintage photographs by Valie Export from the series of body configurations are joining the collection of the Museum Ludwig. "Given the pandemic and the absence of an international public, this was quite a success", gallery director Arne Ehmann concluded.

Business was ideal for the Galerie Johann König (Berlin/London/Seoul). "We ,were constantly in the booth", Sonja Schacht confessed. König completely sold out the booth with paintings of the "New Position" Conny Maier, and a "Data Painting" by Refik Anadol, a spray work by Katharina Grosse and a work on canvas by Norbert Bisky were also sold on the first days of the fair. Annette Kelms book covers of authors that were ostracised during the Nazi era will enter the The Federal Collection of Contemporary Art.

Read more voices on ART COLOGNE 2021 here (.pdf)

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