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Art Frankfurt 2002

courtesy Project; Pridgar + Jurt

14th Art Frankfurt – the European Fair For Young Art – from 26 to 30 May 2002 in Frankfurt am Main:

- More up-to-date, ever more youthful but a little later in the year: the highlight for the art market in the spring promises to be breathtaking
- For the first time, the date for this art fair is now at the end of May, to coincide with Manifesta 4
- Curator´s Choice presents contemporary art from Moscow

Art Frankfurt, the most important german art fair in the spring, will this year be presenting itself in an even more up-to-date and youthful fashion. Out of a total of 700 applications, the trade fair management team has selected 190 international galleries to participate in the event, of which 30 are galleries that can be seen at an art fair for the very first time. From 26th to 30th May 2002, all of these galleries will be offering for sale work by over 2,000 artists on the upper level of the most modern exhibition hall in the whole of Europe, namely Hall 3 on the Frankfurt Fairground. At 18,000 square metres, the exhibition space available in Hall 3.1 represents an area the size of both floor levels of Hall 1, the hall where Art Frankfurt has taken place for the past 13 years.

Despite the change in surroundings, the focal points in the programme of events for this trade fair will remain the same: in the front half of the hall, visitors will find those galleries exhibiting collections that are partly established and partly contemporary under the slogan "Art from 1960". The other half of the hall will be featuring galleries that have on display the most modern art in the "New Attitudes" exhibit category. So-called "Projects" will be a new addition to the show, involving special stands that Art Frankfurt is offering at special terms. Such stands will have won the right to a "first viewing" and will display unusual art in a professional setting, casting our eyes ever forwards. As part of these projects, around 40 galleries will be exhibiting installation art and works by young artists that have up until now never been seen at a trade fair. And so, for example, the Martina Detterer Gallery from Frankfurt will be exhibiting a stand completely occupied by an installation by the artist couple Pridgar + Jurt. The Ursula Walbröl Gallery from Stuttgart will be awarding the painter Julia Schmidt her trade fair debut in showing her large-format, naturalistic oil paintings. These project stands will be seen as highlights throughout the entire space of Hall 3.1.

The date for the trade fair is new too: Art Frankfurt 2002 will take place at the end of May, a month later than usual. This change has come about because the City of Frankfurt has been successful in its bid to bring the touring Manifesta biennial festival to the metropolis on the Main and the organisers of Manifesta 4 and Art Frankfurt have coordinated their event opening dates accordingly. Art collectors and those with an interest in art from all corners of the world will thereby get the opportunity to visit two highlights in the contemporary art calendar at one fell swoop. On top of this, Art Frankfurt itself is one of the three main sponsors of Manifesta 4, supporting the European biennial festival to the tune of € 128,000.

The "Curator´s Choice" exhibition series introduced at Art Frankfurt last year will this year be casting our eyes in an easterly direction, presenting contemporary art from Moscow. The aim of "Curator´s Choice" is to give young curators and critics the opportunity to display their quite personal views on current art production in the form of a non-commercial exhibition. Visitors will thus be given an insight into scenes in each respective country that have not yet been discovered by the wider international world.

The € 13,000 Adam Elsheimer Prize for Art Societies will be awarded to the Frankfurt Art Society (Frankfurter Kunstverein) on 25th May 2002 as part of the Art Frankfurt opening ceremony. In handing over this award, Art Frankfurt is recognising the passionate work achieved by this art society and the commitment shown by its director, Nicolaus Schafhausen.

Art Frankfurt is open every day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. A day ticket costs € 14 (including catalogue), reduced tickets cost € 10. Information line for visitors: ++49 (0)69-75 75 66 94.

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