Art Cologne is the world's oldest and longest running fair for 20th and 21st century fine art. Founded in 1967, the fair for modern and contemporary art was once the undisputed number one. After some difficult years, however, the fair is on the rise again. The strategy of former gallerist Daniel Hug seems to be working, and more and more renowned galleries are participating in the fair again. But the fair not only succeeded in bringing back the big name art dealers, but also renewed its relevance for presenting and supporting emerging art with the integration of NADA, the art fair of the New Art Dealers Alliance.
Art Cologne is also deeply rooted in the art scene of the Rhineland, which becomes visible in the supporting program of the fair and the activities of the museums, galleries and collectors this year. At the fair, the Julia Stoschek Collection will stage a special exhibition of video art, while the record label Kompakt will present a sound installation at the fair. Museum Ludwig opens two solo shows with Phil Collins and Andrea Fraser, Ludwig Forum in Aachen a solo exhibition with Michael E. Smith. In addition to that, the galleries in Cologne and Düsseldorf have special openings.
VernissageTV attended the professional preview and opening reception of Art Cologne 2013; here's what we saw:
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