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Art Forum Berlin 2006

Gallery Giti Nourbakhsch: installation of light from Anselm Reyle

Collectors of the world watch this city!

The eleventh edition of the Art Forum has shown that the successful last year’s edition was not an exception. Berlin’s main art fair attracts more and more national and international collectors. The organisation of the fair appears self-confident; the consequent accent on emerging art is celebrated as a successful concept.

It gains again 3,000 visitors this year and so hit the 40,000 mark. A perfect organisation and records in sales was the credo of the gallery owners.

It was concentrated on the essential, on business. A small GET TOGETHER of the exhibitors with the management of the fair, finger food and fabulous fireworks replaced the extensive program of other big events. The party is in the town at night. The booths were sold out in a rush to the competent audience. That because of the increasing interest in art but also on the fact that the galleries are better prepared each time, that means the collectors were well informed in the run-up. Does Judy Lybke mend that when he said a fair booth should be gained even before the beginning of the fair?

The master himself appears calmly like usual and gives the ton. Sculptures, he has been saying since months, sculptures are up coming. And so they are coming and get sold. This ‘prophetic’ power only do few people have and it is not god- given but hard work for years. Trend needs trendsetter.

So let’s watch how this new trend affects the artist ranking in the future.

Statements of gallery owners:

On the image a sculpture of Carsten Sievers

Gallery EIGEN + ART/ Gerd Harry Lybke: “The most important thing on this fair is the great number of visitors they are a natural frame for our sculptures. Whereas a certain distance for pictures and videos should be established sculptures have to be ‘comprehended’.”

Daniela Steinfeld with a work of Jan Albers

Galerie van Horn - Daniela Steinfeld (director):

“The service for the galleries is considerable. Every request is fulfilled quickly so I can be concentrated on my actual work.”

Urs Meile with a work from Ai Weiwei

Gallery Urs Meile – Urs Meile:

“My gallery takes part since seven years. I have best memories and very good sales. The gravediggers failed like they often do. The Art Forum is more living than ever, the mixture of galleries is unusually brave.”

Martin Asbæk with an artwork from Berta Fischer

Martin Asbæk Projects – Martin Asbæk:

“The choice of galleries is very radical that means only young artists on the pulse of time. The avant-garde has been preferred. The established galleries had to give a chance to their young artist or they were rejected.”

Hannes Kuckei with a work from Barbara Probst

Kuckei + Kuckei – Hannes Kuckei:

“We take part for the fourth time; the Art Forum is a fix and successful date in our fair calendar. The specialty of the Art Forum are the conditions of light; very much daylight.”


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