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2018-02-22
art KARLSRUHE shows its importance
Sculpture of Bean Finneran at DavisKlemmGallery, Hall 2

The 15th art KARLSRUHE – International Fair for Classic Modern and Contemporary Art lasted five days and drew circa 50,000 visitors to the halls of Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre, where 215 galleries from 15 countries presented artworks by 1,500 nationally and internationally renowned artists. Britta Wirtz, head of the trade fair, summarizes: “We are pleased that art KARLSRUHE showed its importance among art fairs and that we were able to bid adieu to satisfied gallerists and visitors. Collectors, media and art mediators confirm that this fair, which recently concluded its 15th edition, has achieved an autonomous and important position both within and far beyond its region.”

International collectors, knowledgeable audience and numerous purchases

As this year’s fair came to its end, Dr. Doris Möllers, owner of the homonymous Kunstkontor, declared: “Regular and new customers purchased artworks. Among other items, a Münter painting sold for an ample five-figure sum, a very rare Heckel woodcut was purchased for a similar price, and diverse other artworks were likewise sold. Some collectors had even come from America expressly to attend this year’s fair.”

The gallerist Thole Rotermund (Hamburg) is likewise very satisfied: “I am very pleased with the response. We sold an impressive Macke watercolour on the fair’s very first day, we have sold six works by Herbert Beck thus far, and we have also found purchasers for a watercolour by Heckel and another by Pechstein. All of these are big names and important pictures, and they are also quite delightful. I am especially pleased that these pictures are now going to be part of a very good collection. It is obvious that many good collectors are present at art KARLSRUHE this year: not only from the local region and elsewhere in Germany, but also from outside their frontiers. This fair has achieved an importance that reaches far beyond the region.”

Manuel Ludorff, managing director of Galerie Ludorff (Düsseldorf), which presented a classical programme in Hall 3, summarizes: “We are traditionally happy in Karlsruhe. We meet collectors here whom we don’t see elsewhere. We made some big sales in the six-figure price range, and we also sold several smaller objects. Artworks by Hans Hartung and Karl Otto Götz sold briskly. We sold an Expressionist for nearly a million euros. Moreover, a number of bigger transactions are under discussion. And also among the contemporary artists, we sold a Lehmpfuhl for a sum between twenty and thirty thousand euros.”

The gallerist Fenna Wehlau (Munich), who presented her gallery’s programme of Contemporary artworks at art KARLSRUHE for the first time, is likewise pleased: “art KARLSRUHE attracts a very good audience of collectors. I sold from the second hour onwards. I am very satisfied and I shall gladly return.”

The dm-arena/Hall 4, which is dedicated to ContemporaryArt21, likewise showed its importance: an expert jury again awarded the art KARLSRUHE Prize to a gallery for Contemporary art. This year’s prize-winners are the gallerists Anja Knoess, Galerie Anja Knoess (Cologne), and the artist Sarah McRae Morton from the USA.

Furthermore, Marko Schacher, Galerie Schacher – Raum für Kunst (Stuttgart) reports: “I deliberately brought a number of items that were not available for purchase, but I also sold some artworks by Johanna Jakowlev. I find the atmosphere in Hall 4 absolutely terrific; it’s fun to be here.”

The special exhibit of the Frieder Burda Collection was a smashing success

The fair’s visitors gave a warm reception to the special exhibit of the Frieder Burda Collection. Henning Schaper, director of the Frieder Burda Museum (Baden-Baden), emphasizes: “Our high-carat staging earned us much praise, not only from the media, but also and above all in personal dialogues with the numerous visitors. This was also the idea behind our ‘salon’ at art KARLSRUHE – it befits the spirit of our house. Frieder Burda, who visited our stand on Thursday, likewise experienced it as a wonderful ‘museum en miniature’ displaying genuine highlights from the collection. We share his pleasure over this success in our neighbouring city.”

The first conferral of the Loth Sculpture Prize

An expert jury honoured the best Sculpture Area at art KARLSRUHE by awarding it the Loth Sculpture Prize, which is sponsored by the L-Bank and endowed with 20,000 euros in prize money. The winners of the first Loth Sculpture Prize are the gallerist Christian K. Scheffel from Galerie Scheffel in Bad Homburg and his artist Joana Vasconcelos, who staged a Sculpture Area in Hall 3 at art KARLSRUHE. “The prize-winner is a modern, young artist who has chosen the topic of woman as her theme”, emphasized the juror Alexander Heil, who is also the executor of Wilhelm Loth’s estate. Vasconcelos’ win embodies a bridge to this year’s ARTIMA art meeting, where the presenters were four women who are active in the art business.

ARTIMA art meeting shines with women’s power

In a conversation moderated by Carl Friedrich Schröer, four women told their personal stories of how they came to art.

Thursday’s talks began with Patricia Kamp, who was followed by the artist Anke Eilergerhard. Friday’s programme featured Dr. Söke Dinkla, director of the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, followed by Katharina Sieverding, who closed the discussion and emphasized: “I create art on the basis of theories and I continually question myself. I believe that this is important because I am deeply concerned by the reference system of the mass media and the panoptical handling. How will the next generation and the generation after it handle this? Art plays an important role in clarifying and grappling with these questions.”

The fair’s curator Ewald Karl Schrade likewise continually questions his fundamental idea for art KARLSRUHE, which prompts him to further evolve the fair with each successive year: “I am pleased that the 15th edition of the fair continues its ongoing success story and that the fair has evolved without abandoning its successful, time-honoured concept.”

The next art KARLSRUHE takes place from 21 to 24 February 2019 at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre.

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