Cologne welcomes the world of art to ART COLOGNE!
And presents a culture scene that is up-to-date, exciting and vivid. At ART COLOGNE, international galleries are showing the highspots of their program, and ensuring the Art Fair is a superb display. At the same time spectacular exhibitions and events provide the city with the quality that makes it so magnetic: the flair of an art metropolis. Bridges into the world of art: ART cityCOLOGNE 2008 paints this picture.
Bridges between the Rhine’s two shores; links between Europe and Asia, the central focus at both this year’s Art Fair and in the supporting program. The bridges have been built! You are heartily invited.
ART COLOGNE reflects an awareness of its traditions, which include in particular the promotion of new art and young artists:
-the work of young artists is promoted by the “New Talents” programme, which is supported by the Federal Commissioner for Cultural and Media Affairs, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the City of Cologne and Koelnmesse. A jury will select the “Best of the Best”, and the winner will be honoured with the ART COLOGNE Young Artist Prize, which was presented for the first time in 2005.
-the “New Contemporaries” programme, which is sponsored by the SK Culture Foundation of the Sparkasse KölnBonn, promotes new galleries. The programme allows galleries to take part in ART COLOGNE at reasonable prices.
Supporting and promoting new art and young artists isn’t the only high priority at ART COLOGNE, however. Beginning this year, the fair’s commitment to the entire international art market will be underlined by “Hidden Treasures”, which will be an annual programme intended to introduce as many as six artists who are 40 or older. These “hidden treasures” will be artists whose place on the art market has not yet stabilised , although their work is relevant and important from an art historical standpoint: In short, desirable art at rather attractive prices.
Koelnmesse will be investing in the infrastructure of ART COLOGNE for the benefit of exhibitors and visitors over the next years. Enhancements will be made to the technical and other facilities in the exhibition halls, and to the trade fair catering. In conjunction with an improved navigation system in the ART COLOGNE halls and around the exhibition centre, these changes will play a key role in making the Cologne art fairs even more appealing.