art KARLSRUHE Starts the Year of Art Fairs
The sixteenth edition of art KARLSRUHE – Classic Modern and Contemporary Art (21 to 24 February 2019) brings 208 nationally and internationally renowned galleries from sixteen countries to Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre. The Centre’s halls will be a showplace for art spanning an interval of more than 120 years. In addition, twenty Sculpture Areas will create space-encompassing situations and a total of 196 One-Artist-Shows will offer deeper insights into the artistic oeuvre of individual artists.
“art KARLSRUHE’s unique concept annually transforms the fairground into a lively marketplace and stage for art”, emphasizes the fair’s Managing Director Britta Wirtz. “The fact that many of our exhibitors enjoy brisk sales here confirms that we have indeed chosen the right course and proves the fair’s commercial success. art KARLSRUHE is located in a region with strong purchasing power. The fair attracts important established collectors, as well as younger art lovers who are just beginning to cultivate the passion of collecting art”, adds Britta Wirtz.
Special exhibition of the Peter C. Ruppert Collection – Concrete Art in Europe after 1945
Right from start of his collecting career, Peter C. Ruppert had always been enthusiastic about reduction to the essentials. This reduction is a salient feature of Constructive-Concrete art, which is characterized by rational picture composition. Curator Ewald Karl Schrade explains: “It is surely not coincidental that we invited the collector Peter C. Ruppert from Berlin to stage our traditional special show at art KARLSRUHE 2019 with selected works from his collection. Ruppert has always been enthusiastic about works of Concrete art. And the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus catalyzes new perceptions of paintings and sculptures of Constructive origin throughout the country. This is also the case art KARLSRUHE in 2019.”
Nearly the entirety of Ruppert’s collection is permanently loaned to the Museum im Kulturspeicher in Würzburg, where it is on public display. The museum’s director Dr. Marlene Lauter adds: “Creations by artists such as Josef Albers, Max and Jakob Bill, Leo Erb, Richard Paul Lohse, David Nash and other artists are among the works exhibited at KARLSRUHE.” Comprising a total of 420 artworks, Peter C. Ruppert’s collection includes paintings, sculptures, objects and works on paper by circa 240 artists from twenty-three European countries.
Insight into the exhibitors’ programme
The list of artists shows that art KARLSRUHE 2019 also includes all relevant names in the genres of Classic Modern and Contemporary art. The great names range from Jean Arp and Francis Bacon to Alberto Giacometti and from Paul Klee to Pablo Picasso and Oskar Schlemmer. The impressive list continues with established Contemporary artists. The 208 exhibitors will also display works by classic artists from the second half of the 20th century, e.g. Robert Motherwell and Cy Twombly.
Among other artists whose works will be shown in Hall 1, Tony Cragg and Cindy Sherman will be represented by Klüser Gallery (Munich) and works by Jeff Koons will be displayed by Premium Modern Art (Heilbronn). Michael Schultz from Berlin will show works by Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter and other artists. Also from Berlin and new to the show is the internationally active König Gallery: for its premiere in Karlsruhe, this gallery plans to present works by artists such as Monica Bonvicini, Alicja Kwade and a one-artist show by Jorinde Voigt. Meyer Riegger Gallery in Karlsruhe will present paintings by Miriam Cahn and other artists. Schimming Gallery from Hamburg will focus on American artists such as Alex Katz and Julian Schnabel.
The presentation by gallery owner Michael Sturm from Stuttgart will focus on Constructive and Concrete tendencies and their refractions in the post-minimalist and conceptual genres of recent art. His focus at art KARLSRUHE will include artists such as Rolf Glasmeier and Gabriela Oberkofler, along with a one-artist show by Dave Bopp.
In Hall 3, for example, Fetzer Gallery (Sontheim) will show works by artists such as Donald Judd and Imi Knoebel. Creations by Damien Hirst will be on display at Koch Gallery (Hanover). St. Gertrude from Hamburg will present a large-format artwork from Anselm Kiefer’s “Europa” series.
Also to be discovered at art KARLSRUHE: Pop Art and the recently deceased pin-up painter Mel Ramos. Works by the American Tom Wesselmann and the German Pop Art pioneer Werner Berges will be on display: both of these artists often used bold colours in their portrayals of female silhouettes.
By contrast, erotically charged images distinguish the works of Mel Ramos, whose career as a pin-up painter contributed to his controversial reputation as an artist: art KARLSRUHE’s visitors can see for themselves and form their own opinions of Ramos and his oeuvre. Andy Warhol, the best known of all Pop artists, will have the largest presence at the upcoming fair, where a total of six galleries intend to bring show works by this “once-in-a-century” artist.
In total, works by approximately 1,500 artists will be displayed at art KARLSRUHE.