DC Duesseldorf Conteporary: Interview with Walter M. Gehlen
This year the DC - Duesseldorf Contemporary took place for the first time. Artfacts.Net and Vernissage TV spoke to Walter Gehlen, the director of the fair.
AfN: Today is the second day of the DC fair, yesterday the vernissage was realy crowded. So far the seems to run very well. What are your first impressions?
Gehlen: I think it's great. Three days ago, nobody knew how it was going to be like. Then the booths were constructed and the galleries came and suddenly it became clear that it was going to be a great success; because it all worked so nicely. The architecture is great and the galleries are so happy. Suddenly, when we opened the door, it was packed here with great people from all over the world, and great sales, so I am very happy at the moment.
AfN: When preparing this fair you invited a team of curators, which was involved in the selection of the galleries. Most of the galleries here are operating in an international context. So how could you manage it to make these fairattractive for the participating galleries and how important was the role of the curatorial team in this process.
Gehlen: The role of the curatorial team was quite important. Because the galleries really trusted in the setup of having the curators choose, pre-select a list of galleries. So everyone who has been invited will be an excellent gallery. They trusted us that the final result, the final set of exhibitors, would be a well chosen selection and that was one big point.
The other big point was that we are here in Düsseldorf and the city had quite an impact in the history of art. Everybody knows that, and the policy, here in Düsseldorf, last year, concerning arts, is very important. So my work for me is quite supported by this fact that a lot of people knew that Düsseldorf is really doing a lot of things, has great museums and so on and that people thought: "Okay, then let's go and have a look".
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