ART COLOGNE 2022: Successful art in Autumn
Successful mix of contemporary and classic art reaches a public in Cologne that is hungry for knowledge and eager to buy
ART COLOGNE in November; that worked exceptionally well once again this year. Around 190 galleries and art dealers from 26 countries presented a successful and consistently ambitious mix of artworks over five days.
This paid off: besides many collectors, the exhibiting galleries were able to welcome interested parties from the museum landscape, from institutions and art consultants at their stands. The regional anchoring of ART COLOGNE in the Rhineland, in the North Rhine-Westphalia metropolitan region and the Benelux countries was a complete success thanks to the autumn date. High quality guests, including from the USA, Austria and Switzerland came to Cologne to convince themselves with the carefully curated offering of contemporary, modern and post-war art.
The new hall layout with spacious plazas, which created space for large scale sculptures, broad corridors and consistently realised visitor orientation convinced both exhibitors and visitors equally.
Director of ART COLOGNE
Galleries reported many sales
Gallery Thaddaeus Ropac
Those who followed the colourful stripes on the floor couldn’t possibly miss a highlight, ART COLOGNE Director Daniel Hug announced in advance. And the new route guidance was in fact well-received, provided greater clarity and thus also more peace to absorb the works of art. The alternation of top, medium-sized and newcomer galleries underlined the wide variety of the offering, which varied between works valued in the millions and affordable surprises.
A total of around 43,000 fair visitors came to the fair halls.
The number of visitors in Hall 11.2, where the focus was on contemporary art, was large on all days.
The Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (Salzburg/Paris/London) sold a monumental painting (950,000 Euro) and a smaller work by Alex Katz as well as a painting by Martha Jungwirt. “We look after our customers in the Rhineland at ART COLOGNE”, says gallery director Arne Ehmann.
The Galerie Karsten Greve (Cologne/Paris/St. Moritz), another global player among the galleries in Hall 11.2, was especially successful with its young artists. “We are pleased when we can expand the market”, said Greve, who sold more than 25 works to art collectors from Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Sprüth Magers (Berlin/London/Los Angeles/New York) was highly successful. A work by John Baldessari (275,000 US dollars) and an oil painting by Anne Imhoff (120,000 Euro) were brokered to European private collections, as well as a tapestry by Thomas Ruff (100,000 Euro) and three paintings by Andreas Schulze (5,500 Euro). A photograph by Bernd & Hilla Becher (20,000 Euro) went to a private collector in the USA. A drawing by George Condo (150,000 US dollars) was secured by a Swiss collector.
The Galerie Eigen + Art (Berlin/Leipzig) also met with a positive response. “The first day was spectacular”, gallery director Christian Ehrentraut reported enthusiastically. Especially in demand were the wood sculptures of Maja Behrmann in the sponsor booth; works by David Schnell, Tim Eitel and Titus Schade were also sold. A collector also secured Raul Walch’s mobile of self-dyed fabrics.
Gallery Michael Werner
Several museums expressed interest
“We made regular sales and met with a great response at our stand”, Sabine Schiffer from Galerie Werner (Cologne/Berlin/London/New York) reported. It had outfitted its stand with well over 250 works on paper by Baselitz, Lüpertz, Penck, Immendorff and other artists of the gallery.
Galerie Gisela Capitain (Cologne) also did good business. Several of the works by Wade Guyton, produced specifically for the art fair, were sold (15,000 US dollars each), as well as two works by Charlene van Heyl (27,000 Euro each), monotypes by Laura Owens and works by Isabella Ducrot.
“We had many of our customers at the stand but were also able to acquire new ones”, Sascha Welchering from the international Galerie Max Hetzler (Berlin/Paris/London/Marfa) reported. Up to 200,000 Euro sold well, including works by Hans Hartung, André Butzer, Albert Oehlen and William Copley.
The Galerie Daniel Buchholz sold a large oil painting by Anne Imhoff (140,000 Euro) and a painting by Vera Palme.
The Cologne gallery Brigitte Schenk sold three large-format paintings by Maria Zerres (120,000 Euro each), and several museums expressed interest in the historical video installation of Klaus vom Bruch. The 3D computer graphics installation “Penumbra” by Dennis Del Favero, which transports viewers to highly cinematic forest fire scenes, also received attention from institutions.
A large share of new customers
Gallery Rodolphe Janssen
The Munich gallery Jahn und Jahn sold a painting by Hermann Nitsch (160;000 Euro) as well as works by Hedwig Eberle and Imi Knoebel. Museums showed interest in the works of the sponsored artist Soyon Jung.
“Well attended, good people”, was the summary of the Van Horn gallery (Düsseldorf). Gallery owner Daniela Steinfeld sold works by Anys Reimann to the Kunstmuseum Bonn and to private collectors, as well as works by Jan Albers. “The autumn date is much better”, the Düsseldorf based gallery owner finds.
New exhibitor Rodolphe Janssen from Belgium, who found a buyer for a large woodcut print by Gert and Uwe Tobias and sold seven ink drawings by Omar Manfoud and a large acrylic work by Cornelia Baltes, was also satisfied. “We are happy to be here”, according to the Brussels art dealer.
A good mood also prevailed at the joint stand of Anke Schmidt and Thomas Zander. Especially in demand were works by Joanna Piotroska, who is currently participating in the Biennale in Venice. Photographs by Henry Wessel and a painting by James White were also sold. “All collectors were there”, Zander confirmed with satisfaction.
“German Expressionists are the big hits”, Laszlo von Vertes determined, “there was a great demand and we made considerable sales”. Among others, the Zurich gallery brokered August Macke’s important oil painting “Schlucht am Tegernsee”. “Many major collectors were there, also from Belgium and France, and our expectations have already been exceeded”, according to Von Vertes, who was pleased at the considerable media interest his art fair stand met with due to the museum quality paintings of Claude Monet and Gerhard Richter. “Despite the crises, there is a great demand for art, which is in fact a solid investment”, the dealer, who showed high quality works of modern art, confirmed.
“We have a large share of new customers”, gallery owner Thole Rotermund was pleased to state, “and we were able to establish many new contacts, although we have already been participating in the Cologne art fairs for 20 years”. “The vernissage was very good, but the following days also saw satisfactory attendance”, according to the Hamburg art dealer with a focus on works of modern art on paper, who was successful with the “Merry Christmas” drawings and brokered additional works on paper by Lyonel Feininger and the large watercolour “Drei Bauern vor einem Holzhaus” by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (5-figure price), as well as a drawing by August Macke to collections.
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