The Concept of art KARLSRUHE

art KARLSRUHE kicks off the year of art fairs in Germany. This fair for Classic Modern and Contemporary art spans a spectrum of more than 100 years of art history. Art KARLSRUHE presents the complete bandwidth of the art of the 20th century, flanked by the latest artworks fresh the artists’ ateliers.

Classic Modern and Contemporary uniquely arranged

Halle 3: Classic Modern + Contemporary art
Halle 3: Classic Modern + Contemporary art

At home in the art collectors’ State of Baden-Württemberg, embedded in a dense cultural landscape with great private collections such as Grässlin (St. Georgen), Schaufler (Sindelfingen), Hoppe-Ritter (Waldenbuch), Museum Würth (Schwäbisch Hall and elsewhere) and Frieder Burda Foundation (Baden-Baden), art KARLSRUHE has established itself since 2004 as a permanent feature on the international art-fair scene.

art KARLSRUHE is unique thanks to its arrangement of gallery stands in interplay with spacious Sculpture Areas and One-Artist-Shows in comprehensibly structured, light-flooded halls.

Furthermore, art KARLSRUHE boasts a convincing curatorial concept, which also clearly assigns specific focal points to each of the four halls:

  • Halle 1: Photography + Original Editions
  • Halle 2: Modern Classic (after 1945) + Contemporary art
  • Halle 3: Classic Modern + Contemporary art
  • Halle 4/dm-arena: ContemporaryArt 21

Interspersed in the landscape of gallery stands, the approximately twenty Sculpture Areas add structure to the fair’s halls and create venues for contemplation. Each of these 100-square-metre areas offers gallery owners the opportunity to present one or maximally two artists. The interplay between three-dimensional art on an open area and two-dimensional art at the fair’s stands sparks enthusiasm among the exhibiting gallery owners and collectors.

The One-Artist-Shows (each with at least 25 square metres of exhibition space) embody a gallery’s commitment to a single artist. Each One-Artist-Show offers collectors the opportunity to gain deeper insights into the oeuvre of the exhibiting artist.

Curator and founding father of art KARLSRUHE

Ewald Karl Schrade

art KARLSRUHE was co-founded in 2004 by the gallery owner Ewald Karl Schrade and the Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH. The heart and head of this art fair is Ewald Karl Schrade, who has remained the fair’s curator to the present day. art KARLSRUHE is accordingly the only fair in German-speaking Europe that has been under the aegis of the same director since its inception.

About the person:

  • Born in Gomaringen in 1941, Ewald Karl Schrade is a German gallery owner. He began his education as a model builder, but lost his right hand in a motorcycle accident at age 19. This prompted him to train for a second career as an insurance salesman.
  • He became the director of a branch office of a savings bank, on the premises of which he opened his first gallery in Reutlingen in 1971.
  • Ewald Karl Schrade opened his second gallery at Mochental Palace in 1985, followed by an annexe in Karlsruhe in 1999. The gallery has been dedicated to Contemporary and Classic Modern art for the past four decades. Ewald Karl Schrade sees the focus of his gallery’s concept as the cultivation of connections to regionally rooted, internationally successful and globally recognized art.

Ewald Karl Schrade - Curator and founding father of art KARLSRUHE
Ewald Karl Schrade - Curator and founding father of art KARLSRUHE
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