Discovering and buying art
An overview of contemporary art and the major avant-garde movements of the past
The 45th ART COLOGNE will open its doors in Cologne from 13th to 17th April 2011. For a total of five days, about 200 galleries from Germany and abroad will once again be presenting works of classical modernism, post-1945 art, and modern and contemporary art. Through selected works and carefully assembled presentations, the galleries will offer fascinating insights into the history and present state of the avant-garde. They will display paintings, sculptures, installations, videos and photography, works on paper, editions and multiples. In short, ART COLOGNE will cover the entire spectrum of the fine arts of the 20th and 21st centuries. Visitors at ART COLOGNE will find specialized sources of information about current trends and offbeat creations in the NEW POSITIONS programme, which young up-and-coming artists have been using since 1980 as a special "laboratory" for experimenting with new ideas. The sponsorship programme has already served artists such as Neo Rauch, Ulrike Rosenbach, Candida Höfer, Günther Förg and Rosemarie Trockel as a springboard into the international art market. Visitors can also make exciting discoveries in the area of NEW CONTEMPORARIES, where young international galleries display works by selected artists from their portfolios. Ever since 2005, ART COLOGNE has been using OPEN SPACE to explore new ways to stage an art fair. Liberated from the traditional booths, project-oriented and equipped with a special architecture that is adapted to the individual art presentation, OPEN SPACE offers a temporary environment for contemporary art. The focus here is on individual artists' positions. A variety of special events in the city will offer further highlights during the art fair month of April.
The 45th ART COLOGNE will kick off with the vernissage on 12th April 2011 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.