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2022-06-14
Insights into individual artists

One-Artist Shows are an inseparable part of the successful concept of art KARLSRUHE – International Fair for Classic Modern and Contemporary Art. Each participating gallery is welcome to show works by a single artist on at least 25 square metres of floor space. The goal of each staging is to offer in-depth insights into the artistic work of one individual. A total of 180 such installations will be shown at this year’s summer edition of the art fair in Karlsruhe from 7 to 10 July 2022.

A stroll through art history

Like the fair’s entire programme, the 180 One-Artist-Shows promise stimulating excursions through art history of the past 120 years – from classical works to the latest artistic positions fresh from the studios. Works by deceased masters of Art Informel such as Karl Otto Götz (Die Galerie, Frankfurt) will be shown, as will creations by contemporary artists such as Elvira Bach (Galerie Art Affair, Regensburg) and Marion Eichmann (Galerie Tammen, Berlin). International stars like Christo (Art Edition Fils, Düsseldorf) and Bob Dylan (Premium Modern Art, Heilbronn) will also be on display at One-Artist-Shows in Karlsruhe. art KARLSRUHE’s directory of galleries and artists offers initial insights into the diversity of artistic positions.

Prize for the best One-Artist-Show

Ewald Karl Schrade, curator of art KARLSRUHE, had made this form of presentation possible from the very beginning. “Our exhibitors continue to express strong interest in staging One-Artist-Shows”, Schrade explains. These presentations not only make it easier for visitors to grasp an artist’s oeuvre as a whole, but also enhance the overall impression made by the fair. “Each artist’s recognisable visual style brings serenity into the landscape of stands in the four exhibition halls, but without reducing the diversity of artistic positions”, Schrade adds. Each One-Artist-Show is automatically eligible to compete for the art KARLSRUHE prize. The State of Baden-Württemberg and the City of Karlsruhe honour both an artist and a gallery with this prize. Artworks from the award-winning solo presentation will be purchased up to a value of 15,000 euros for the art KARLSRUHE Collection, which is administered by the Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe. The prize will be awarded in the ARTIMA art Forum in Hall 3 at art KARLSRUHE at 11 a.m. on Saturday, 9 July 2022.

Young artists at art KARLSRUHE

The gallery owner Klaus Gerrit Friese from Berlin, who is one of the fair’s 215 exhibitors from twelve countries, explains why his programme at art KARLSRUHE also includes a One-Artist-Show focussing on the works of the young artist Ambra Durante: “We are very impressed by Ambra Durante, and we appreciate the fact that art KARLSRUHE promotes individual presentations by charging lower rents for the stands. This also makes our decision easier from an economic point of view.” Born in Genoa in 2000, Ambra Durante has only been on the art market for a short time, but her work is already attracting plenty of attention. The author Daniel Kehlmann, for example, is one of the admirers of Durante’s illustrated stories. Galerie Schacher will also stage a One-Artist-Show featuring the young artist Shalva Gelitashvili from Tbilisi. For art KARLSRUHE, Shalva Gelitashvili has created a series of paintings on an unusual substrate: glass salvaged from old window panes in demolished buildings. Gelitashvili’s creations blur the boundaries between sculpture and painting.

Artist Shalva Geltashvili in his studio. Copyright: Galerie Schacher - Raum für Kunst
2022-05-24
Financial assistance for galleries

As part of the rescue and future programme Neustart Kultur, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) has made funding available for the cultural sector. As an important fair, the 19th edition of art KARLSRUHE - Classical Modern and Contemporary Art (7-10 July 2022) can look forward to a positive funding decision. In Karlsruhe, the exhibiting galleries will benefit from this news in the form of discounted stand rents, as the funding sum will be passed on in full to the exhibitors.

"I am very pleased that we can offer our exhibitors improved conditions thanks to Neustart Kultur. The galleries and artists in particular have had to struggle with financial losses during the pandemic. We hope that the discounted stand rents will support the galleries in presenting themselves and their art in Karlsruhe. After all, this also enriches the art KARLSRUHE fair experience. As the finale of our summer trade fairs, this will not only provide a stage for the international art market, but also for Karlsruhe as the City of Media Arts", explains Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe. The exact amount of funding will be determined after the event.

Digital anticipation of real encounters with art

Those who would like to get in the mood for the programme of the 215 exhibiting galleries in advance will soon be able to gain a first digital insight on the "Galerieplattform_DE". As a special offer for art lovers and collectors, the online platform will provide a selection of works from classical modernism to recent art history from 23 June to 6 July.

The gallery platform_DE will be used for the first time as a supplement to the art KARLSRUHE fair. The principle is easy to explain: each of the participating galleries has the chance to present various works online in the run-up to the fair. One artwork can be uploaded in each of the categories "Classic Modern Art", "Art after 1945", "Contemporary Art", "Prints and Edition Objects" and "Sculpture". Sales can then be transacted in direct contact between the gallery and potential customers. "Of course, the platform cannot replace the real art experience on site, but it can complement it in a meaningful way," says curator Ewald Karl Schrade.

"The digital show of works is intended to heighten anticipation for our summer fair. Art collectors can get an idea of this year's diversity of positions in advance," Schrade continues. The gallery platform is to be understood as an invitation to all those interested in art to get in touch with the galleries. This vision also fits in with the goal of art KARLSRUHE: to bring the art market closer together again.

2022-04-28
art KARLSRUHE 2022 as a Summer Edition
A summery mood also prevails in the programme of the galleries. For example the artwork "One Soul" by artist Renata Tumarova (shown by gallery Rother). © Tumarova/Galerie Rother

This year’s art KARLSRUHE – International Trade Fair for Classic Modern and Contemporary Art promises to offer summery art experiences. A total of 215 renowned galleries from twelve countries are expected in the four high-ceilinged, light-flooded halls when Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre hosts the international art market for the 19th time from 7 to 10 July 2022. Thanks to their many one-artist-shows and the traditional sculpture areas, the participating galleries will provide ample inspirations for purchasing artworks. art KARLSRUHE traditionally kicks off the art fair year each February, but this year the event will take place in July because of the coronavirus. In the sunny and warm season, visitors will be able to enjoy the entire spectrum of 120 years of art history, flanked by artworks fresh from their creators’ studios.

The Atrium of the Messe Karlsruhe. © Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner

Art in a new light

With summery flair, art KARLSRUHE 2022 promises to present time-tested formats in a literally new light. “I am eagerly looking forward to the summer edition of art KARLSRUHE. The artworks will be bathed in warm sunbeams shining through the wide skylights in the ceilings. The greenery in the atrium will lure visitors outdoors. And long hours of daylight will tempt guests to linger in the evenings. Our concept takes the advantages of summer into account and creates an exciting trade fair experience that invites people to enjoy Karlsruhe, the UNESCO City of Media Arts”, assures Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre.

The sculpture garden – sponsored by the Vollack Group – is likely to attract special attention. Outdoor catering will be available here on the approximately 6,800 square metres of green space between the four exhibition halls: this will harmonize with the three-dimensional artworks and contribute to the summery ambience. The opening hours will also be changed to suit the new date of the art fair. Art lovers will have the opportunity to visit art KARLSRUHE until well into the evening. The fair will open its doors from Friday (8 July) to Sunday (10 July) from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Holders of the appropriate tickets can also attend the vernissage on Thursday, 7 July 2022 until 8 p.m.

Face-to-face sharing resumes

The coronavirus-induced postponement of the fair from its usual date in February to this year’s date in July also means a return to the direct encounters with art that art lovers have been yearning for. art KARLSRUHE 2020 was the last art fair that could still take place without restrictions, so everyone hopes that this year’s rescheduling will contribute to a more relaxed way of enjoying art. “Together with the warming temperatures, our anticipation for the July edition of art KARLSRUHE is also heating up. We want to bring the art market together again”, explains curator Ewald Karl Schrade, who adds that face-to-face sharing in particular has been neglected during the pandemic. His opinion is shared by the exhibiting galleries which, Schrade explains, are working together with the fair’s team to assure that the art summer in Karlsruhe will be a complete success.

The art business in times of crisis

Thanks to the art insurance company Mannheimer Versicherungen, which will also be represented with an information stand in 2022, the series of talks that comprise the annual ARTIMA art meeting will take place at the eponymous forum in newly designed Hall 3. A total of six presenters will speak on the main topic of “The art business with, against and after the coronavirus” on 7 and 8 July (daily at 2 p.m.). From the perspective of their profession, prominent art mediators such as Werner Tammen (regional chairman of the Berlin galleries) and curator Kasper König will report on the challenges facing the art industry in times of the pandemic. “It was practically in the air to dedicate this year’s edition of the traditional ARTIMA art meeting to the pandemic and its consequences for the industry”, explains Gabriele Lindinger, Büro für Kunst und Öffentlichkeit of the publishing house Lindinger + Schmid, which has always conceived the two-day event series

2022-01-10
New date: art KARLSRUHE will take place from 7 - 10 July 2022

The current Covid Ordinance of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, which came into force on 20th December 2021, prohibits the holding of trade fairs within the given circumstances, which apply for Baden-Württemberg since 4th December 2021 and whose measures, according to the current communication of the state, will probably be extended until further. In addition the new variant omicron is spreading fast, which is causing uncertainty.

Under these conditions, the planning security for a fair of this size is no longer given for all those involved in the fair - exhibitors, service providers, partners and the organiser itself. In close consultation with the galleries, advisory boards and partners, Messe Karlsruhe has therefore decided to postpone the art fair until summer.

"We would have liked to continue our successful restart and offer the art market a platform with art KARLSRUHE on the usual spring date," emphasises Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe. "With the rescheduling, we want to give our gallery owners, visitors and partners reliable planning and return a bit of normality to the trade fair business, in what we hope will be an endemic situation by then. We see the move to the summer date as an opportunity to experience the fair in a new and - proverbially - different light at a bright and warm time of the year and to enjoy the art and the exchange more light-heartedly."

Ewald Karl Schrade, curator of art KARLSRUHE, also emphasises the necessity of the postponement: "Most of the preparations for art KARLSRUHE had been made and the anticipation among gallery owners for the personal exchange with collectors and art lovers was enormous. But we also noticed that many people are currently reluctant to visit a fair. It is difficult to enjoy art under such conditions." For this reason, he sees the new date as an opportunity to rethink personal encounters with art: "We hope the postponement will not only make it easier to plan, but also creates a summer art experience that re-stages tried-and-tested formats such as the sculpture garden sponsored by the Vollack Group, thus inviting visitors to stay outdoors for longer."

Tickets purchased to date for art KARLSRUHE remain valid.

2021-12-07
A Celebration of the Feminine in Art
Maria Lucia and Ingo Klöcker next to a mask-like sculpture by Leiko Ikemura ("Kitsune Blue", 2011, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2021), in the background the painting "The Last Droplets of the Day", 2015 by the painter Aleah Chapin. Photo: Wolfgang Stahr

The traditional special show at the upcoming art KARLSRUHE – International Fair for Classic Modern and Contemporary Art is all about femininity. Under the title “Women: Klöcker Collection”, the collector couple Maria Lucia and Ingo Klöcker will display a representative selection from their private collection of artistic portrayals of women. Initially scheduled for presentation in 2021 but delayed due to the pandemic, the Klöcker Collection will soon receive the appreciation it deserves at the 19th edition of art KARLSRUHE. The artworks will be displayed on approximately 300 square metres of floor space in the redesigned “Art & Communication” hall from 17 to 20 February 2021.

Note [as of January 11, 2022] - Due to Corona, art KARLSRUHE will take place in a summer edition this year. The new fair date is July 07-10, 2022.

Girlfriends by Sigmar Polke, 1967. Photo: Martin Url

The collection spans a broad spectrum of artistic positions

Maria Lucia and Ingo Klöcker from Bad Homburg, both of whom hold doctorates in law, began acquiring art in the late 1980s. From the very beginning, they focused their acquisitions on portrayals of women in post-war and contemporary art. Whether painted or sculpted by female or male artists, the feminine in art accordingly runs through the entire collection like a connective thread. This collector couple has never regarded art primarily as a financial investment. “First and foremost, the artworks must touch us personally, convince us, inspire us in our private lives and spark discussions”, says Maria Lucia Klöcker. Compiled over the past four decades, the Klöcker Collection includes works by lesser-known artists as well as by renowned painters and sculptors. The spectrum of artistic positions is both international and diverse, with artists ranging from Stephan Balkenhol, Erich Fischl, Franz Gertsch, Alex Katz and Thomas Schütte to Erich Kissing, Wolfgang Mattheuer, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter and Arno Rink. The roster naturally also includes numerous female painters, photographers and sculptors, for example, Aleah Chapin, Leiko Ikemura, Cornelia Schleime, Kiki Smith and Nancy Spero.

Aleah Chapin, The Last Droplets of the Day, Photo: Martin Url

Jointly cultivating their love of art

In choosing artworks for their collection, the Klöckers are primarily interested in works that reveal artistic expertise. High-quality craftsmanship is therefore clearly evident throughout this diverse and stylistically broad range of paintings and sculptures. “Virtuosic mastery of artistic techniques is an important criterion for inclusion in our collection”, Ingo Klöcker explains. The two collectors from Bad Homburg also place great importance on the quest for artistic positions that transcend time. “Beyond the constantly changing tastes in the world of art collecting, the supratemporal aspect was among our criteria right from the start.”

The Klöckers’ shared love of art is equally important. Both collectors had eagerly drawn and painted as teenagers before they began discovering the art world as a duo during their student years. The special show at art KARLSRUHE 2022 should therefore also be understood as a biographical reflection of this collector couple. The Klöcker Collection accordingly offers in-depth insights into the passion and commitment of private collecting. It thus fits perfectly with previous renowned special exhibitions at art KARLSRUHE such as Frieder Burda (2018), Peter C. Ruppert (2019) and Hans-Peter Haas (2020).

Another highlight: special show of graphic prints

The Klöcker Collection is not the only highlight in redesigned Hall 3. In addition to the Museum Mile and the ARTIMA art meeting, the hall also houses the annual special show of graphic prints, which displays graphic artworks from the programmes of the exhibiting galleries. The graphic print, which is also appreciated as an entry medium for newer collectors, has served many established collectors as a medium for approaching art. The special show of graphic prints at art KARLSRUHE offers opportunities to gain entry into the passion of collecting or to augment an existing art collection with high-calibre original prints. The programme is rounded out by the award ceremony and the accompanying special exhibition of the Hans Platschek Foundation, which displays artworks by the annual award winner as well as works by Hans Platschek curated by the year’s winner.

About the fair

art KARLSRUHE – International Fair for Classic Modern and Contemporary Art spans 120 years of art history. Galleries from Germany and abroad present the full bandwidth of the art market – from the complete spectrum of 20th-century art to new works fresh from the artists’ studios. A special and unique selling point in the airy, light-flooded exhibition halls is the unique arrangement of galleries in interplay with generously proportioned Sculpture Areas and One-Artist-Shows focusing on the work of individual artists. The national and international appeal of art KARLSRUHE attracts both established collectors and art-market newcomers. Art KARLSRUHE is firmly anchored in the cultural city of Karlsruhe: in conjunction with renowned museums and cultural institutions in the city of Karlsruhe and its surrounding region, art KARLSRUHE creates a very special art experience.

2021-10-28
The advisory board has chosen 213 galleries from twelve countries
Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner
A unique selling point of the fair is the unique layout of galleries in interplay with generously laid-out sculpture squares. Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner

At long last, face-to-face sharing is now possible again. The return to physical encounters with art is welcomed by exhibitors, collectors, artists and the general public alike. With a view to the upcoming art KARLSRUHE – International Fair for Classic Modern and Contemporary Art (17 to 20 February 2022), the seven-member advisory board headed by curator Ewald Karl Schrade and fair director Britta Wirtz has now chosen the participating galleries. A total of 213 nationally and internationally renowned galleries from twelve countries will present their programmes at the fair.

Note [as of January 11, 2022] - Due to Corona, this year's art KARLSRUHE will take place in a summer edition. The new fair date is July 07-10, 2022. 215 galleries from twelve countries will present their program in summer.

Nationally and internationally renowned galleries

The roster of exhibitors for 2022 once again brings together galleries specializing in all genres – from Classic Modernism to the latest creations in Contemporary art. Renowned galleries such as Baumgarte (Bielefeld), Ludorff (Düsseldorf), Friese (Berlin), Maulberger (Munich), Osper (Cologne), Rotermund (Hamburg), Schwarzer (Düsseldorf) and van der Koelen (Mainz) are among the participants. art KARLSRUHE 2022 is also well positioned internationally, e.g., with Cortina (Barcelona), Fontana (Amsterdam), Gilden’s Art (London), Gimpel & Müller (Paris), Anna Laudel (Istanbul), Morone (Milan), Prinz (Madrid) and Várfok (Budapest).

The diverse programmes of the galleries selected for participation in art KARLSRUHE 2022 represent a large number of well-known artists. They range from Josef Albers and Salvador Dalí, through Otto Dix and Max Liebermann, to Pablo Picasso and Kurt Schwitters. Georg Baselitz and Franz Gertsch, Heinz Mack and Neo Rauch, Gerhard Richter and Günther Uecker will be represented among the artists in the segment of established contemporary art. A conspicuously large number of female artists will present their works: the spectrum ranges from Miriam Cahn and Katharina Grosse, through Xenia Hausner and Candida Höfer, to Karin Kneffel and Cornelia Schleime.

The entire stylistic spectrum of 120 years of art history will be on display – from Expressionism to Art Informel, through ZERO and Pop, to the latest art, some of which is politically committed.

New hall structure for art KARLSRUHE 2022

The one-of-a-kind layout of galleries in interplay with generously proportioned Sculpture Areas is a unique feature of the fair. A total of 24 Sculpture Areas will be set up at art KARLSRUHE in 2022. A new feature of the upcoming event is the changed arrangement of the familiar four exhibition halls. In addition to the three main halls (Classic Modernism, Art after 1945, and Prints and Contemporary Art), visitors will also find a separate hall for special exhibitions, museum presentations and talks, including a spacious restaurant area. Under the motto “Art and Communication”, this newly designed hall will invite visitors to linger and will offer ample space for new discoveries and new social habits at art KARLSRUHE 2022.

Women: Klöcker Collection

Hall 3 is also home to art KARLSRUHE’s annually changing special show. At the upcoming fair, it will be entitled “Women: Klöcker Collection”. Maria Lucia and Ingo Klöcker, both of whom hold doctorates in law from Bad Homburg, began acquiring art in the late 1980s. From the beginning of their collecting activity, they focussed on portrayals of women in post-war and contemporary art. Whether painted or sculpted by female artists, the feminine in art runs like Ariadne’s thread through the entire collection of this collector couple. A representative selection from their collection will be on display in the traditional special exhibition, which occupies approximately 300 square metres. This special show was postponed from its original scheduling in 2021, so the Klöcker Collection will soon receive the appreciation it deserves at art KARLSRUHE in February 2022.

2021-09-16
Save the Date: art KARLSRUHE 2022
Messe Karlsruhe / Jürgen Rösner
art KARLSRUHE - Classical Modern and Contemporary Art will take place from February 17 to 20 in the Karlsruhe exhibition halls. Photo: Messe Karlsruhe / Jürgen Rösner

Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre is celebrating the re-launch of its portfolio of trade fairs. As the enthusiasm for the start of the fair season grows, so too does the anticipation for the next edition of art KARLSRUHE – International Fair for Classic Modern and Contemporary Art, which will take place at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre from 17 to 20 February 2022. Despite the cancellation of the face-to-face event in 2021, the planned exhibitors have not been carried over for the upcoming fair. Instead, the jury chose a new selection of exhibitors for 2022. This gives all galleries that applied by 27 September a chance to participate in art KARLSRUHE 2022.

Note [as of January 11, 2022] - Due to Corona, this year's art KARLSRUHE will take place in a summer edition. The new fair date is July 07-10, 2022.

Project manager Olga Blaß explains: “We have already received a very large number of applications this year and we are delighted that so many galleries would like to exhibit at art KARLSRUHE, either as returning participants or for the first time. As always, new applicants are very welcome to apply.” Curator Ewald Karl Schrade adds: “The popularity of our art fair remains as strong as ever. After such a long time during which direct encounters with art were either not possible at all or possible only to a very limited extent, everyone is looking forward to personal sharing and to being able to experience art up close again.” Under the leadership of curator Ewald Karl Schrade and fair director Britta Wirtz, the seven-member advisory board met in mid-October to choose the exhibiting galleries.

Galleries can benefit from support programme

The cultural and creative industries have been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Gallery owners have had to cope with enormous losses in turnover over the past year and a half. The federal government’s rescue package supports galleries with the “Neustart Kultur” funding programme. Within the framework of this programme, participation in fairs is also eligible for funding, so galleries can benefit from low-cost participation in art KARLSRUHE. Exhibitors can look forward to discounts in the cost of stand rental which were made possible by the Neustart Kultur funding programme. This eases the burden on galleries participating in the fair gives them an opportunity to boost their business again – without having to take a possible financial risk.

Transformation process art KARLSRUHE

art KARLSRUHE is not only blazing new trails in the area of cultural promotion. The management of the art fair is also undergoing a transformation process. Ewald Karl Schrade, the fair’s longstanding curator and founder, will pass the baton of managing the fair into new and proven hands after the twentieth edition of art KARLSRUHE in 2023. Until then, Ewald Karl Schrade and Britta Wirtz, the managing director of Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre, will jointly shape the transformation process that has now been initiated and will redefine the management of the art fair in the future.

Ewald Karl Schrade has directed art KARLSRUHE as its curator and project manager since 2004. Under his leadership, the event has achieved widespread recognition and acceptance in the art market. Already in 2017, Olga Blaß took on the role of project manager for the fair in close coordination with its curator. The future concept, which has now been collaboratively defined, gradually transfers Ewald Karl Schrade’s responsibilities into the hands of a team of external artistic directors and a director from Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre, who works as a peer with the extramural directors.

The search for an external artistic director will begin after art KARLSRUHE 2022. This person’s experience and overview of the external market will augment the know-how of the team from Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre after the 2023 event.

Hans Platschek Prize to be awarded in Karlsruhe again in 2022

The renowned Hans Platschek Prize for Art and Writing has been awarded annually at art KARLSRUHE since 2008. The fair could not take place as usual in February 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, so the award ceremony was held at the Kunstverein in Hamburg, where the painter Monika Baer was honoured as this year’s winner of the Hans Platschek Prize. An annually changing independent juror determines who will receive the award for the current year. Christina Végh, director of the Kunsthalle Bielefeld, was the sole juror and thus also the laudator in 2021. Previous winners of the Platschek Prize include Jonathan Meese, Monica Bonvicini, Michael Kunze and Helga Schmidhuber (2020). The Hans Platschek Foundation Prize will again be awarded at art KARLSRUHE in 2022.

2021-07-23
Transformation process started: art KARLSRUHE in future with proven and new management functions

Until that time, Ewald Karl Schrade and Britta Wirtz, the managing director of Messe Karlsruhe, will jointly shape the transformation process that has now been initiated and will redefine the future management of the art fair.

Since 2004, Ewald Karl Schrade has led art KARLSRUHE as curator and project manager and helped the fair to achieve high recognition and acceptance in the art market. Already in 2017, Olga Blaß took on the role of project manager for the event in close coordination with the curator. The future concept, which has now been worked out together, is to successively place Ewald Karl Schrade's previous activities in the hands of a team consisting of external artistic management and a management from Messe Karlsruhe positioned at eye level.

After art KARLSRUHE 2022, the search for an external artistic director will begin. After the 2023 event, this person will complement the Messe Karlsruhe team with an experienced view of what is happening on the external market.

Britta Wirtz: "Messe Karlsruhe and curator Ewald Karl Schrade see this new distribution of roles as a guarantee that the high level of competence built up by the Messe Karlsruhe team over the past twenty years will be used profitably. At the same time, the explicit orientation towards the needs of all our customers as a decisive criterion for the success of trade fairs will be continued."

Ewald Karl Schrade, who has always been a gallery owner and trade fair organiser, will devote more of his passion for art and its advancement to his two galleries in Schloß Mochental and Karlsruhe after the 2023 fair, and will remain an exhibiting gallery owner at art KARLSRUHE.

Ewald Karl Schrade: "I am looking forward to getting the process that has now been initiated off to a good start together with Managing Director Britta Wirtz, Project Manager Olga Blaß and the team at Messe Karlsruhe. After my last fair as curator, I will experience art KARLSRUHE from a different perspective and will certainly also enjoy only looking after my own stand without the responsibility for the organisational processes."

2021-04-20
art KARLSRUHE selections
Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner
Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner

The date for the next art KARLSRUHE has now been set. From 17 to 20 February 2022, the 18th edition of the International Fair for Classic Modern and Contemporary Art will again span 120 years of art history, thus remaining true to its customary date at the beginning of the each year of art fairs. The 2021 edition of art KARLSRUHE had to be cancelled because of uncertainties about the timing for the resumption of the trade fair and event business, so art KARLSRUHE selections will take place in May 2021 and thus close to the date that had been planned for trade fair. Together with exhibitors and partners, Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre has developed a free digital programme. In addition, the participating galleries will present special exhibitions featuring artists and projects originally intended for art KARLSRUHE.

“We are strongly committed to supporting our exhibitors and to offering our fair’s visitors and everyone involved with the event a digital platform for information and discussion. As a distillation of what is happening at the fair, art KARLSRUHE selections will set exciting accents online and in the participating galleries. Especially because we must currently make do without art fairs, we want to create an even stronger sense of community in the art landscape”, explain managing director Britta Wirtz and art KARLSRUHE’s curator Ewald Karl Schrade.

art KARLSRUHE selections digital

From 20 to 23 May, art KARLSRUHE selections will feature a mix of formats for information, art education and discussion. Gallery owners, collectors and artists will all have ample opportunities to voice their opinions. In addition to viewing ARTIMA Talks on various art market topics, the website’s visitors can also take part in digital guided tours led by knowledgeable art historians. The tours highlight the diverse programmes of the participating galleries. Among other things themes, the topics of the talks and guided tours cover the special challenges currently facing the art business, analogue collecting in a digital era, and thematic focal points such as women in art. Other digital highlights include a podcast as well as opportunities for meetings and discussions on Clubhouse. Participation in the digital programme, which was created in cooperation with ZEIT Weltkunst Verlag and takes place on art KARLSRUHE’s website, is free of charge and requires no previous registration.

art KARLSRUHE selections in the galleries on site

The art fair can also be experienced offline: many of the galleries approved for art KARLSRUHE are organizing special exhibitions and smaller events in their spaces before or during the dates originally planned for the fair in May. Focussing on artists and projects that were to be presented at art KARLSRUHE 2021, these shows and events present artworks originally intended for the art fair. Numerous galleries have already announced their first exhibitions under the aegis of art KARLSRUHE selections. All participating galleries will soon be presented on art KARLSRUHE’s website.

About the fair

As a fair for Classic Modern and Contemporary art, art KARLSRUHE spans 120 years of art history. National as well as international galleries show the breadth of the art market – from the complete spectrum of 20th-century art to new artworks fresh from the artists’ ateliers. A special and unique selling point in the airy, light-flooded exhibition halls is the unique layout of galleries in interplay with generously proportioned Sculpture Areas and One-Artist-Shows focussing on the creations of individual artists. The national and international appeal of art KARLSRUHE attracts both established collectors and newcomers to the art market and is firmly anchored in the cultural city of Karlsruhe. In conjunction with renowned museums and cultural institutions in the city of Karlsruhe and the surrounding region, it creates a special art experience.

2021-03-01
Lack of planning security leads to cancellation of art KARLSRUHE
Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner
Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner

In February 2020, art KARLSRUHE – International Fair for Classic Modern and Contemporary Art – was the only art fair that could be held successfully and without restrictions before all fairs worldwide had to be cancelled. This was still possible last year, but it is now no longer possible in 2021.

No opening perspective for restart of the trade-fair business

Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre’s Managing Director Britta Wirtz explains the decision: “A fair requires several months of preparation by everyone involved. Despite continually further developed concepts adapted to the current situation to provide protection against the coronavirus, there are currently no viable perspectives for reopening that can offer our clients, partners and colleagues the planning security they need for May 2021. The cancellation of this year’s art KARLSRUHE is therefore unfortunately unavoidable.”

Curator Ewald Karl Schrade is grateful for the loyalty of the gallery owners in the current situation: “We had continue to hope until the very last moment that art KARLSRUHE would be able to take place and we revised our plans accordingly. Our gallery owners remained steadfastly loyal to us and made all preparations necessary for their presence at the fair. We regret the cancellation and we look forward to seeing them all in person next year.” Project manager Olga Blaß adds: “With our early announcement that the next art KARLSRUHE will take place in February 2022, we want to be a reliable partner to everyone involved in the fair and to offer the best possible planning security.”

Online highlight in May

Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre would nonetheless like to offer visitors and exhibitors a platform with new digital solutions for the planned date in May. Project manager Olga Blaß explains: “Art needs direct encounters. We remain convinced of this. We are currently developing appropriate hybrid and digital formats that complement the fair on site and will last beyond the pandemic.” With individual formats, art KARLSRUHE also wants to bring the pleasure of art into people’s homes.

About the fair

As a fair for Classic Modern and Contemporary art, art KARLSRUHE spans 120 years of art history. National as well as international galleries show the breadth of the art market – from the complete spectrum of 20th-century art to new artworks fresh from the artists’ ateliers. A special and unique selling point in the airy, light-flooded exhibition halls is the unique layout of galleries in interplay with generously proportioned Sculpture Areas and One-Artist-Shows focussing on the creations of individual artists. The national and international appeal of art KARLSRUHE attracts both established collectors and newcomers to the art market and is firmly anchored in the cultural city of Karlsruhe. In conjunction with renowned museums and cultural institutions in the city of Karlsruhe and the surrounding region, it creates a special art experience.

2020-11-04
New date: art KARLSRUHE postponed to 21st – 24th May 2021

The current course of the corona pandemic and the far-reaching measures for public life which the Federal Government and the Minister Presidents put into force at the beginning of this week are the reason why Messe Karlsruhe is rescheduling its portfolio of events in January and February 2021 with foresight.

"In consultation with exhibitors, sponsors, the advisory board and of course our curator Ewald Karl Schrade, we have looked for dates in our calendar that are suitable for art KARLSRUHE in the competitive environment and are accepted by the industry", explains Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe. "The new scheduling should lead to improved planning security for all those involved. It is important to us that the confidence of exhibitors, visitors and partners in the planning of trade fair participations is maintained. Our early decision to reschedule art KARLSRUHE is in the interest of all. By rescheduling, we have placed the interests of our exhibitors at the centre of our decision". The art KARLSRUHE was originally scheduled to take place from 25th to 28th of February 2021 at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre.

About the fair

The art KARLSRUHE (May 21st to 24th in 2021) is a fair for Classic Modern and Contemporary Art spanning 120 years of art history. National as well as international galleries show the spectrum of the art market - from the complete spectrum of 20th century art to works fresh from the studios. A special unique selling point in the airy, light-flooded exhibition halls is the unique layout of galleries in interplay with spacious sculpture spaces and one-artist shows that focus on the artistic work of individuals. The national and international appeal of art KARLSRUHE appeals to both established collectors and newcomers to the art market and is firmly anchored in the cultural city of Karlsruhe. Together with renowned museums and cultural institutions in Karlsruhe and the surrounding region, it creates a special art experience.

2020-02-16
Gallery Owners Sell to New Collectors
The next art KARLSRUHE will take place from 25 to 28 February 2021 at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre.

The 17th edition of art KARLSRUHE attracted approximately 50,000 art collectors and art lovers to the exhibition halls in Karlsruhe. From 13 to 16 February, the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre was transformed into a showcase and marketplace for art from a time span of over 120 years. A total of 210 nationally and internationally renowned galleries from fifteen countries presented their programmes, which ran the gamut from Classic Modern to Contemporary art. The fair’s steadily growing importance was particularly evident in the increased participation by international galleries and the longer travel distances, especially for first-time visitors. Many exhibitors enthusiastically reported brisk business with new collectors.

Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre, explains the conceptual approach of the art fair: “In Karlsruhe, passion prompts people to buy art. Our consistently high numbers of visitors and the strong satisfaction expressed by visitors and exhibitors alike confirm our concept. We see ourselves as perhaps the most democratic of all art fairs: art KARLSRUHE adeptly builds a bridge between works by established artists on the one hand and less costly yet nonetheless artistically valuable positions that pave the way for new aficionados to begin collecting art.” In accord with the latter objective, the trade fair also highlights graphic prints. This year’s presentation featured the collection of Hans-Peter Haas, Germany’s most important screen printer, whose compilation of graphic artworks was warmly received by visitors.

In keeping with the fair’s tradition, art KARLSRUHE also gives high priority to sculpture and its interplay with the other genres of fine art on display. art KARLSRUHE’s Curator Ewald Karl Schrade comments on the design of this year’s fair: “I am pleased that our concept is so successful. This year we sorted and arranged the artworks even better in accord with the focal points of our halls, while simultaneously creating a harmonious image for the trade fair, especially through the interplay between two-dimensional art and sculpture.” The traditional twenty Sculpture Areas were augmented in the atrium by a sculpture garden, which was supported by the Vollack Group. art KARLSRUHE also awarded the Loth Sculpture Prize for the third time: sponsored by the L-Bank, this year’s prize was awarded to the artist Gary Schlingheider and to the Galerie Burster (Berlin, Karlsruhe).

Numerous sales and a knowledgeable audience

art KARLSRUHE 2020 was very successful for Galerie Ludorff (Düsseldorf). Manuel Ludorff says: “We sold two very large objects and we are very happy about those sales. A large painting by Karin Kneffel was purchased for 180,000 euros and a watercolour by August Macke for 550,000 euros. Of course, these are big highlights that you don’t sell every day, but here in Karlsruhe you meet collectors who buy objects in this price range.” Kunsthandel Osper (Cologne) is similarly pleased with good sales throughout the fair. Knut Osper says: “We were fortunate to sell our most costly painting within the first two hours – a Gerhard Richter that was sold 850,000 euros. There was plenty of activity afterwards too and we again sold briskly on the final days.” Thole Rotermund Kunsthandel (Hamburg) likewise recorded six-figure sales in the Classic Modern genre.

Kirsten Floss from Galerie Floss und Schulz (Cologne) especially praises the audience: “Our concern is that our clientele of collectors is ageing. That’s why it’s nice to see so many 30- to 40-year-olds walking through the halls this year. Many of these younger collectors are on a strict budget, but they are nonetheless ready and willing to spend within their means. We held many in-depth discussions. There’s a great deal of interest and we were pleased to welcome numerous new customers. We consciously focused on initiating new contacts and our expectations were met. Galerie Feldbusch, Wiesner and Rudolph (Berlin) is likewise quite satisfied with its first participation at art KARLSRUHE. Andreas Wiesner says: “We only sold to new customers. That’s very important for us. We had a very good response to our presentation. And we will surely come back again.”

Kirsten Eggers from Galerie König agrees: “We are incredibly pleased that we won the art KARLSRUHE prize for the best One-Artist Show with Annette Kelm’s solo presentation. We are all the more delighted that this prize is associated with a museum’s purchase. We met many of our collectors here and we also sold two works by Annette Kelm and Peter Dreher.”

A newcomer at art KARLSRUHE, Gad Edery from Galerie Gadcollection in Paris: “This is my first fair in Germany. I see plenty of terrific art here. We are in good surroundings. And, I must say, the German public is keenly interested in high-class photography. We were able to sell several photos to new customers and we reached a new audience. People from all over Germany, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland and even Argentina visited our stand.”

Strong presence for women artists in the halls and on the podium

Many galleries brought works by well-known women artists to Karlsruhe this year. Kunsthandel Dr. Nöth showed artworks by Lotte Laserstein, Galerie Friese from Berlin hung works by Franziska Holstein, Galerie Cyprian Brenner exhibited needle-felted sculptures by Stefanie Ehrenfried, and Helga Schmidhuber’s works were honoured with the Hans Platschek Prize for Art and Writing, which was awarded for the thirteenth time at this year’s fair.

The talks at art KARLSRUHE also brought women in the art market into sharper focus. In the SWR 2 Talk, Karin Kneffel described her path to art: “I do believe that it is more difficult to assert oneself as a woman. I had a belief in painting and then I came into Richter’s class, where everything was called into question. I wanted to look at the world with an open mind, so I consciously chose not to internalize the prohibitions that I saw coming towards me from outside.” In the ARTIMA art meeting, the sculptor Vera Röhm talked about art’s role, especially in the context of today’s societal discourse: “Female and male artists undoubtedly have a special responsibility. Our responsibility is to make artworks that offer an interpretation of this world and give people a chance to see the world from a different point of view.”

Agile contacts exist in Karlsruhe between the trade fair and the city. This cultural dialogue reaches its annual peak during art KARLSRUHE. The award of the title “UNESCO City of Media Arts” to the city of Karlsruhe at the end of 2019 confirms the commitment to art by both the trade fair and the city. Christiane Riedel, managing director of the ZKM (Centre for Art and Media), spoke about the award and the significance of media art in the Monopol Talks: “The ZKM wants to become the Prado of media art so that people can continue to benefit from our expertise, also 500 years from today. The ZKM is founded for the future: we convey the past into the future.”

The next art KARLSRUHE will take place from 25 to 28 February 2021 at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre.

2020-01-15
art KARLSRUHE Celebrates Sculpture
Sculpture is the focus of the upcoming art KARLSRUHE. (Photo: Messe Karlsruhe, Jürgen Rösner)

The seventeenth edition of art KARLSRUHE – International Fair for Classic Modern and Contemporary Art (13 to 16 February 2020) brings together 210 nationally and internationally renowned galleries from fifteen countries in the exhibition halls at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre. Early in the new year, these halls will once again become a showcase and marketplace for artworks from a time span of over 120 years.

“For five consecutive days at the start of each year, Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre creates a hot spot for art in the midst of the art collectors’ state of Baden-Württemberg”, explains the fair’s director Britta Wirtz. “Last year’s conferral of the title ‘UNESCO City of Media Arts’ on the city of Karlsruhe reaffirms our ongoing commitment to art”, adds Britta Wirtz.

Sculpture Areas are a traditional feature of art KARLSRUHE. Thanks to sponsorship by the Vollack Group, the twenty spacious Sculpture Areas will be joined for the first time this year by a sculpture garden in the atrium. To bring the subject of sculpture even more sharply into focus at the fifteenth ARTIMA art meeting, moderator Carl Friedrich Schröer will ask sculptors Olaf Metzel and Vera Röhm about the challenges of their artistic work and will talk with gallery owner Christian K. Scheffel about his passion for three-dimensional art. Karl Ewald Schrade, the fair’s curator ever since its first year, comments: “I have always been strongly committed to three-dimensional art and am therefore extremely pleased that we can crown this year’s focus on sculpture with the third annual conferral of the Loth Sculpture Prize, which is sponsored by the L-Bank. The award ceremony will be even more memorable this year because the 100th anniversary of Wilhelm Loth’s birth occurs in 2020.”

Special exhibition of the Hans-Peter Haas Foundation – Serigraphs by Great Masters from Ackermann to Vasarely

Max Ackermann, Josef Albers, Christo, Lucio Fontana, HAP Grieshaber, Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein, Günter Fruhtrunk, Niki de Saint Phalle, Otto Piene, Tom Wesselmann: the list of artists for whom the screen printer Hans-Peter Haas (HPH) has collaborated since the end of the 1950s is indeed lengthy. The painter and sculptor Heinz Mack aptly remarked: “HPH is the printer for the artists – and the artist among the printers.” With an unerring eye, Haas – who was honoured with the Federal Cross of Merit in 2008 – amassed an impressive collection of graphic artworks, approximately 150 of which will be shown at art KARLSRUHE. Works from Haas’s collection will be displayed in the immediate vicinity of the special show devoted to graphic prints. This year marks the fourth edition of this special show, which features artworks selected and offered for sale from among the graphic prints submitted by the exhibiting gallery owners.

Insights into the Programmes of the Exhibitors

In addition to offering a broad spectrum of outstanding works of art from the past 120 years, the 210 exhibitors from fifteen countries will also create special focal points in the four exhibition halls.

A number of gallery owners have decided to bring artworks by important female artists of the 20th century to Karlsruhe. Although these women artists helped to write new chapters in art history, they were neglected for decades by museums and, in some cases, by the art trade. This applies, for example, to the painter Lotte Laserstein, whose works will be among those shown by the gallerist Dr. Michel Nöth (Ansbach), who is exhibiting at art KARLSRUHE for the first time, as well as to the sculptor Renée Sintenis, who is represented by Galerie Ludorff (Düsseldorf). Nöth and Ludorff, as well as Kunstkontor Dr. Doris Möllers (Münster), are among the exhibitors who will bring artworks by Gabriele Münter to this year’s fair. Galerie St. Gertrude (Hamburg) will present works by Hannah Höch. Varfok (Budapest) plans to show artworks by Francois Gillot. Creations by other female artists of the 20th century such as Tamara de Lempicka and Käthe Kollwitz will be shown at the stands of Eggerbauer (Cologne) and Koch-Westenhoff (Lübeck).

Many gallery owners are again emphasizing Classic Modern artworks, so this art-historical epoch will be strongly represented at the fair. None of the genre’s well-known artists will be missing. The Classic Modern roster begins with Lovis Corinth and Max Ernst. It continues with Pablo Picasso, whose works can be seen at the stands of no fewer than thirteen galleries and in a One-Artist-Show staged by Galerie Klaus Benden (Cologne). And the list of illustrious names culminates with Otto Dix, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Joan Miró. Internationally renowned galleries that specialize in Classic Modern art – for example, Cortina (Barcelona), Gilden’s Art Gallery (London) and Schwarzer (Düsseldorf) – will likewise bring superlative artworks to Karlsruhe.

Another spotlight will shine on artworks by members of the Zero movement. Heinz Mack, Otto Piene and Günther Uecker will each be in the focal point for eight to ten exhibitors. Galerie Dorothea van der Koelen will dedicate a One-Artist-Show to Günther Uecker, who celebrates his ninetieth birthday this year.

Contemporary art of the highest quality will likewise be on display. This year’s fair features numerous contemporary American artists such as Christo, Alex Katz, Jeff Koons, Julian Schnabel, Cindy Sherman and Richard Serra.

Aficionados can also view creations by well-known Pop artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist and Tom Wesselmann. Seven galleries will show works by Andy Warhol.

Gerhard Richter’s paintings are again certain to attract collectors’ keenest interest. Works by this world-renowned German painter will be shown by half a dozen gallery owners, the majority of whom will come to Karlsruhe from the Rhineland, e.g. Bernd Bentler (Bonn) and Kunsthandlung Osper (Cologne). Galerie Hegau from Lake Constance is also bringing one of Richter’s artworks to Karlsruhe.

In addition to Gerhard Richter, many other well-known contemporary artists will likewise be represented. Their ranks include, for example, Georg Baselitz, Miriam Cahn, Katharina Grosse, Jürgen Klauke, Karin Kneffel, Imi Knoebel, Markus Lüpertz, Julian Opie, Neo Rauch, Anselm Reyle, Sean Scully and Daniel Spoerri.

The upcoming art KARLSRUHE will present an unprecedentedly large number of photographs, drawings, paintings and objects created by artists from other disciplines, e.g. musicians, actors and writers. Works by the musician and poet Bob Dylan, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016, will be on sale at Premium Modern Art (Heilbronn). Photographs by the comedian and cabaret artist Dieter Nuhr will be offered at Galerie Obrist (Essen). And photographic work by the world-famous jazz trombonist Till Brönner will be shown at the stand of Galerie Alexander Ochs Private (Berlin).

2019-12-05
A Festival of Three-dimensional Art

Sculpture in the focus of art KARLSRUHE 2020

At that time, there were nine Sculpture Areas on which selected galleries presented three-dimensional artworks. From 13 to 16 February next year, twenty Sculpture Areas will create unique spatial situations inside the high-ceilinged, light-flooded halls and thus provide spaces for contemplation among the exhibition stands. From the outset, considerable logistical effort was required to stage these voluminous three-dimensional artworks, which always seek dialogue with the surrounding architecture.

Loth Sculpture Prize – sponsored by L-Bank – to be awarded for the third time

Sculpture Jörg Bach, winner of the Loth Sculpture Award 2019
The winner of the Loth Sculpture Award 2019 was the artist Jörg Bach (Galerie Wohlhüter) (Credit: Messe Karlsruhe, Jürgen Rösner)

The Loth Sculpture Prize – sponsored by L-Bank, Staatsbank für Baden-Württemberg – was established in 2018 in recognition of the dedication of the gallery owners and sculptors who annually bring their sculptures to art KARLSRUHE. The prize is named after Wilhelm Loth (1920-1993), who was a professor at the Academy in Karlsruhe. An expert jury, which will again include museum directors in 2020, will judge all installations – and has already made convincing choices with Joana Vasconcelos (Galerie Scheffel, Bad Homburg) in 2018 and Jörg Bach (Galerie Wohlhüter, Leibertingen-Thalheim) in 2019.

That the Loth Sculpture Prize always attracts a great deal of attention undoubtedly also has to do with the fact that it is endowed with an impressively large sum of money. The L-Bank is again providing 20,000 euros in prize money, which will benefit both the winning sculptor and the gallery owner.

The official award ceremony will take place on Friday, 14 February 2020 at 5 p.m. in the ARTIMA art Forum in the dm-arena.

Sculpture Garden – sponsored by the Vollack Group – in the Atrium

Sculpture Herbert Mehler
There are 20 of the sculptural areas at the fair; Here is shown a part of a sculpture by Herbert Mehler (Credit: Messe Karlsruhe, Jürgen Rösner)

In addition to the Sculpture Areas integrated into the halls, the Sculpture Garden – sponsored by the Vollack Group – will be created in the atrium of Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre, where it will comprise a further building block for the festival of three-dimensional artworks. Dedicated exclusively to outdoor sculptures, the Sculpture Garden in the inner courtyard adds another attraction to a tour of the exhibition grounds. The Sculpture Garden displays sculptures from galleries that are also staging Sculpture Areas inside the halls at art KARLSRUHE.

The Sculpture Garden is sponsored by Karlsruhe’s Vollack Group, which operates at several locations throughout Germany and specializes in the methodical planning, construction and revitalization of sustainable energy-efficient buildings. This sponsorship gives a further boost to the Vollack Group’s commitment to art and culture.

ARTIMA art meeting on the subject of sculpture

The annual ARTIMA art meeting series will take place in the homonymous forum in the dm-arena of Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre thanks to the generosity of the art insurance of Mannheimer Versicherungen, which will also be represented with an information stand in Hall 3 at art KARLSRUHE in 2020. Whether the theme is the production or reception of art, cultural policy or market developments, a wide variety of topics relevant to the art industry have been explored in panel discussions and one-on-one conversations during the past fifteen years. Conceived by Lindinger + Schmid, this series of events provides profound insights into the art world. Striking statements by prominent experts always enliven the subject under discussion.

Presenter Carl Friedrich Schröer, an art critic from Düsseldorf, will talk about sculpture with his guests on 13 and 14 February 2020, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The panel will once again feature high-caliber personalities. For instance the sculptor Olaf Metzel, who will dialogue with Schröer about his experiences with art in public space, will be among the guests. Three-dimensional art will be discussed on the fair’s second day, 14 February, by the artist Vera Röhm, the fair’s curator Ewald Karl Schrade and advisory board member Christian K. Scheffel, who initiates the “Blickachsen” sculpture biennial.

2019-11-18
Serigraphs by Great Masters from Ackermann to Vasarely

Special exhibition of the collection of the HPH Foundation

Unmistakably a Wassily Kandinsky: the work created in 1939 as HPH screenprinting for the German Children's Fund Photo: Jürgen Burkhardt
Unmistakably a Wassily Kandinsky: the work created in 1939 as HPH screenprinting for the German Children's Fund Photo: Jürgen Burkhardt

Special exhibitions such as those of the Würth Collection (2016), Frieder Burda (2017) and Peter C. Ruppert (2018) will be followed in 2020 by a presentation devoted especially to the medium of printmaking: the collection of the HPH Foundation – serigraphs by great masters from Ackermann to Vasarely. The show comprises 100 exhibits featuring works by internationally successful artists.

HPH – The Artist among Printers

Hans-Peter Haas at work in his studio. Photo: Jürgen Burkhardt
Hans-Peter Haas at work in his studio. Photo: Jürgen Burkhardt

Born in Stuttgart in 1935, Hans-Peter Haas (HPH) learned screen printing from Luitpold Domberger, the pioneer of artistic screen printing. HPH caught the art virus early in life. For more than six decades, he collaborated with internationally renowned painters and sculptors, bringing to life the ideas of a spectrum of artists from Salvador Dalí, Lucio Fontana, Max Ernst and Günther Fruhtrunk to Heinz Mack and Victor Vasarely. Haas’s prints bear witness to his outstanding craftsmanship, which earned him a unique global reputation. Awarded the Federal Cross of Merit in 2008, this meticulously precise master printer is still actively at work in his hometown of Leinfelden-Echterdingen in Baden-Württemberg.

The upcoming art KARLSRUHE will focus special attention on the HPH Foundation’s collection. HPH is the artist among the collectors: over the decades and with an unerring eye for quality, this renowned screen printer has collected artworks spanning a broad section of art history. Approximately 150 artworks from his collection will be on display at the fair. As the painter and sculptor Heinz Mack aptly remarked, “HPH is the printer for the artists – and the artist among the printers.”

Special show of graphic prints: artworks for new collectors and experts

Special exhibition printmaking of the art KARLSRUHE. Photo: Messe Karlsruhe, Jürgen Rösner
Special exhibition printmaking of the art KARLSRUHE. Photo: Messe Karlsruhe, Jürgen Rösner

The special show of graphic prints, which has been an integral part of Hall 1 since 2017, brings together printed artworks submitted from the programmes of the exhibiting galleries. Occupying approximately 200 square metres of floor space, the special exhibition of prints thematically extends the collection shown by the HPH Foundation and displays high-calibre prints available for purchase at prices ranging from lower three-digit to medium five-digit sums. The spectrum covers diverse styles, printing techniques and editions. The exhibiting galleries submit etchings, lithographs, woodcuts and silkscreen prints, which a committee of experts then curates for potential inclusion in the exhibition. The graphic print is a popular medium for new collectors and has also served many established collectors as a medium for approaching art. art KARLSRUHE’s special show of graphic prints accordingly offers opportunities to begin cultivating the passion of art collecting or to augment an existing collection with first-rate original prints.

2019-10-24
Advisory Board Chose 210 Galleries from 15 Countries

Nationally and internationally renowned galleries are expected

View into hall 2 of art KARLSRUHE. Photo: Messe Karlsruhe, Jürgen Rösner
View into hall 2 of art KARLSRUHE. Photo: Messe Karlsruhe, Jürgen Rösner

A total of 210 nationally and internationally renowned galleries from 15 countries will present their programmes at the fair. The artworks on display span 120 years of artistic development – from the Classic Modern period to the present day.

Graphic prints & original editions

In many instances, a collector’s career begins with the purchase of a graphic print which, thanks to its serial character, is also attractive for a neophyte collector. The majority of artists have tried their hand at aquatint, lithography, silkscreen printing or woodcuts. Special attention is given to the medium of the graphic print in Hall 1 where, for example, Galerie Mirko Meyer from Cologne debuts at the fair with a One-Artist-Show. Among the other newcomers are Overhead Gallery (Münster, D) and Gallery40NL (Doetinchem, NL), which present themselves alongside galleries that are returning to art KARLSRUHE such as Art Edition Fils (Düsseldorf, D), Jeanne (Munich) and Premium Modern Art (Heilbronn, D). In addition to their joint stand in Hall 2, Behning Gallery (Sylt, D) and Eikelmann Gallery (Düsseldorf, D) will collaboratively present their high-quality graphic programme in Hall 1.

Hall 1 will also host the special exhibition “The Hans-Peter Haas Collection – Serigraphs by Great Masters from Ackermann to Vasarely” and the special show of graphic prints.

Special show Printmaking - Prints from the exhibitor's programme in Hall 1. Photo: Messe Karlsruhe, Jürgen Rösner.
Special show Printmaking - Prints from the exhibitor's programme in Hall 1. Photo: Messe Karlsruhe, Jürgen Rösner.

From Classic Modern through Post-war to Contemporary art

Ever since art KARLSRUHE’s inception, Classic Modern art has been one focus of the fair’s programme, followed by Post-war art and Contemporary art. Artworks under these three headings are on display in Halls 2 and 3. Among the galleries with a strong focus on Classic Modern art are Cortina (Barcelona, E), Eggerbauer (Cologne, D), Gilden’s Art (London, GB), Luzán (Berlin, D), Dr. Michael Nöth (Ansbach, D), Thole Rotermund (Hamburg, D) and Malte Uekermann (Berlin, D). Galleries with portfolios that also continue into Contemporary art include Die Galerie (Frankfurt, D), Ludorff (Düsseldorf, D), Schwarzer (Düsseldorf, D) and the newly founded WOS Gallery (Pfäffikon, CH). Likewise premiering at art KARLSRUHE are the Braun-Falco (Munich, D), GADCollection (Paris, F), Hegau-Bodensee-Galerie (Singen, D), Proarta (Zurich, CH) and Galeria Roy (Felanitx, E) galleries. Especially in the field of Post-war art, which includes styles ranging from Art Informel to Zero, the Behning & Niehues Gallery (Sylt, D) appears for the first time alongside the well-established Georg Nothelfer Gallery (Berlin, D). Following their impressive appearances in 2019, the Berlin galleries König Gallery and Alexander Ochs Gallery return to art KARLSRUHE in 2020.

View into hall 3 of art KARLSRUHE. Photo: Messe Karlsruhe, Jürgen Rösner
View into hall 3 of art KARLSRUHE. Photo: Messe Karlsruhe, Jürgen Rösner

ContemporaryArt 21

Hall 4/dm-arena at art KARLSRUHE is especially dedicated to the very newest artworks that have only just emerged from their creators’ studios. Among the galleries represented here are several which are already well known to the fair’s visitors, e.g. heissingart (Berlin/Lübeck, D), Klinger (Karlsruhe/Radeberg, D), Marek Kralewski (Freiburg im Breisgau, D), Christian Marx (Düsseldorf, D) and Meno Parkas (Kaunas, LT). New arrivals include Etienne Gallery (Oisterwijk, NL) and The View – Contemporary Art Space (Salenstein, CH). Tobias Schrade Gallery provides the three-dimensional artworks on display in the hall’s Sculpture Area.

Newcomers and returning exhibitors

The Advisory Board selected approximately 40 galleries that will take part in the fair for the first time, as well as others which were not at fair for one or more years and are now returning. The new exhibitors, which are distributed among all four halls, come from six countries: Germany, France, Italy, Holland, Switzerland and Spain.

A complete list of exhibiting galleries can be downloaded from the Press Service section of our website.

2019-02-24
art KARLSRUHE: The Love of Art Motivates the Purchasers Here
Hall 3 of the artKarlsruhe

The sixteenth edition of art KARLSRUHE – Classic Modern and Contemporary Art attracted circa 50,000 visitors to the halls of Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre, where a total of 208 galleries from sixteen countries showed artworks from a 120-year time span. The fair has sharpened its profile: “We promote art mediation by the gallery owners and thus do not primarily serve the institutional art market. Our fair focuses on the passion for art – and that is appreciated by all participants”, says the fair’s director Britta Wirtz, who adds: “This is precisely the reason why we annually honour private collecting with a special exhibition and encourage people to begin collecting through our special show of graphic prints.

Another important pillar of art KARLSRUHE is the Sculpture Areas, which were honoured this year for the second time by the Loth Sculpture Prize, which is sponsored by the L-Bank. Curator Ewald Karl Schrade comments: “The dialogue between so-called ‘flatware’ and three-dimensional objects is unique and has been anchored in our art fair’s concept right from the start. Each Sculpture Area gives us the freedom to create an optimal staging for its sculptures. And I am happy that we could further accentuate it this year with the ‘Sculpture Park’ in the fair’s atrium, which is enlivened by greenery.”

The fair was equally convincing for gallery owners and visitors

A particularly enthusiastic response greeted a special showing of the Peter C. Ruppert Collection – Concrete Art in Europe after 1945, which is ordinarily housed at the Museum im Kulturspeicher in Würzburg. Museum Director Dr. Marlene Lauter summarizes: “Our exhibition was already warmly received at the preview. Colleagues were very impressed by the museum-worthy quality of the Ruppert Collection. The showing could very possibly lead to a serendipitous acquisition because a collector offered me his collection of small-format concrete art. He and I agreed to discuss the details in the near future.” Peter C. Ruppert unfortunately passed away shortly before the fair in February 2019. In addition to the special exhibit, other big names such as Galerie Jeanne (Munich), Galerie Klüser (Munich), Peter Sillem (Frankfurt) and Monika Wertheimer (Oberwil, Switzerland) presented ambitious photographic artworks and editions.

Petra Kaffeesieder from Gilden’s Art Gallery (London) expresses a positive summary for her portfolio of Classic Modern art in Hall 3: “art KARLSRUHE is quite profitable for us. Our sales are brisk because our buyers are international. They come to Karlsruhe from Holland, France, Belgium and Switzerland.” The portfolio that she shows at the fair is specially tailored for art KARLSRUHE because “we know that we can find the right buyers here. Sometimes we also try to break new ground by bringing artists with us for the first time and seeing how the public responds to them. art KARLSRUHE is one of our most successful fairs. The interactions among colleagues and the contacts between the individual galleries are very pleasant too. I believe that the vast majority of exhibitors here are just as happy with this fair as I am.” Classic Modern art was strongly represented by galleries such as Döbele Kunst (Mannheim), Ludorff (Düsseldorf), Galerie Luzán (Berlin), Thole Rotermund (Hamburg) and Galerie Schwarzer (Düsseldorf).

This year’s art KARLSRUHE Prize was awarded to Galerie Bernhard Knaus Fine Art in Frankfurt and to its artist Myriam Holme. Gallery owner Bernhard Knaus is delighted: “The fair offers a very attractive atmosphere and is a terrific forum. We can report on great interest. We are well positioned, we have a large stand and our sales are quite good. I am meeting new people and the number of customer contacts is high. I am very satisfied. Of course, winning the prize contributes to my satisfaction. And I also sold many artworks by Ralf Peters, with whom our gallery has collaborated for the past twenty years.”

The dm-arena/Hall 4, which is dedicated to Contemporary art, is also well received. Gallery owner Marko Schacher (Schacher – Raum für Kunst, Stuttgart) attracted admiring attention with his unconventional sales concept for Jim Avignon’s One-Artist-Show. AV17 Galerie from Vilnius (Lithuania), a new addition to the hall, also expresses a positive summary: “The organizers are great, the stands are wonderfully spacious and there are plenty of interested visitors. We have already made some sales. art KARLSRUHE is an important fair and we hope to return here in the future.”

A city in cultural dialogue

Agility distinguishes the contacts between the art fair and the city of Karlsruhe. This ongoing cultural dialogue annually attains its high point during art KARLSRUHE. Not only does the fair host the conferral of the art KARLSRUHE Prize, which is endowed with 15,000 euros and jointly awarded by the state of Baden-Württemberg and the city of Karlsruhe, but cultural institutions in the city and beyond its gates all participate in the Museum Mile and in discussion groups such as the ARTIMA art meeting at the trade fair. Numerous events also took place outside the exhibition halls and the fairground during the week of art KARLSRUHE. These ranged from special offers in the Städtische Galerie, the Kunsthalle, the ZKM – Zentrum für Kunst und Medien and the restaurant and café scene to the annual Handel Festival in the Badisches Staatstheater.

The next art KARLSRUHE will return to Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre from 13 to 16 February 2020.

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The Peter C. Ruppert Collection – Concrete Art in Europe after 1945
Victor Vasarely, Lapidaire, 1972, Acryl auf Leinwand 140 x 140 cm, Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg Sammlung Peter C. Ruppert – Konkrete Kunst in Europa nach 1945 Foto: Elmar Hahn, Veitshöchheim © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018
Victor Vasarely, Lapidaire, 1972, Acryl auf Leinwand 140 x 140 cm, Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg Sammlung Peter C. Ruppert – Konkrete Kunst in Europa nach 1945 Foto: Elmar Hahn, Veitshöchheim © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

In addition to this special exhibit in Hall 1, the programmes of the exhibiting galleries will also include numerous works of Concrete Art.

The Peter C. Ruppert Collection – Concrete Art in Europe after 1945

Right from the start, Peter C. Ruppert’s enthusiasm was sparked by reduction to the essentials, a salient characteristic of Constructive-Concrete Art, which is distinguished by rational composition of the picture and, at the same time, by surprising perceptual effects. Much patience and great specialized expertise throughout more than thirty years led to the compilation of “The Peter C. Ruppert Collection – Concrete Art in Europe after 1945”. Works by artists ranging from Josef Albers and Max and Jakob Bill, through Leo Erb, to Richard Paul Lohse, David Nash and others will be shown at art KARLSRUHE 2019. The Peter C. Ruppert Collection comprises a total of 420 artworks, including paintings, sculptures, objects and works on paper by circa 240 artists from twenty-three European countries. Initially on his own and afterwards in collaboration with his wife Rosemarie, this collector, who was born in 1934 and lives in Berlin, compiled a collection of Concrete Art which is among the most diverse of its kind and is unique in Europe. Its specialties include Concrete photography and works by artists from Great Britain. Nearly the entire collection is on permanent loan to the Museum im Kulturspeicher in Würzburg, where it can be viewed by the public.

Awarded the Bavarian Museum Prize in 2005, this museum unites two collections under its roof: Würzburg’s Municipal Collection and the privately owned “Peter C. Ruppert Collection – Concrete Art in Europe after 1945”. In the years since its opening in 2002, the Museum im Kulturspeicher has successfully established itself as a venue for Modern art in the historic Baroque city of Würzburg.

Josef Albers, Bright September, 1963, Öl auf Masonit, 121,5 x 121,5 cm, Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg, Sammlung Peter C. Ruppert – Konkrete Kunst in Europa nach 1945, Foto: Karl Arendt, ADF, Köln © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018
Josef Albers, Bright September, 1963, Öl auf Masonit, 121,5 x 121,5 cm, Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg, Sammlung Peter C. Ruppert – Konkrete Kunst in Europa nach 1945, Foto: Karl Arendt, ADF, Köln © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

Concrete Art in the Galleries’ Programmes – A Preview

Artists from the milieu of the ZERO Movement, including Bernard Aubertin, Piero Dorazio, Gotthard Graubner, Heinz Mack, Christian Megert, Otto Piene, Günther Uecker and others, will be strongly represented at art KARLSRUHE in 2019 and thus more than sixty years after Mack and Piene founded the ZERO Movement. A number of pictures by Constructivists such as Günter Fruhtrunk, who died in 1982, and Georg Karl Pfahler, who passed away in 2002, will likewise be shown at the upcoming art KARLSRUHE. This sixteenth edition of the International Fair for Classic Modern and Contemporary Art promises to offer a strong presence by “painters and sculptors of silence” ranging Josef Albers through Antonio Calderara to Victor Vasarely and Ludwig Wilding.

art KARLSRUHE – Classic Modern and Contemporary Art

A total of 208 galleries from sixteen countries will be represented at the upcoming art KARLSRUHE from 21 to 24 February 2019 at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre. The Centre will be a showplace for art from a time span of more than 120 years. Moreover, twenty Sculpture Areas will create spatial situations that invite visitors to linger and 120 One-Artist-Shows will offer in-depth insights into the oeuvres of individual artists. The advisory board of art KARLSRUHE assigns the fair’s limited contingent of stands to nationally and internationally renowned galleries.

Specially trained art historians offer guided tours of the fair, providing a general overview of art KARLSRUHE or elucidating the exhibiting galleries and the presented artists in greater depth. In 2019, there will also be a guided tour focusing on the special theme of “100 Years of the Bauhaus”. This tour presents works by various Bauhaus artists and sheds light on the trailblazing educational institution, which promulgated ideas and articulated a formal vocabulary that remain influential today.

Hans Platschek Prize 2022 goes to Osmar Osten
Osmar Osten is the winnter of this year's Hans Platschek Prize. Picture: Uta Brettschneider.
Osmar Osten is the winnter of this year's Hans Platschek Prize. Picture: Uta Brettschneider.

For 15 years now, the Hans Platschek Foundation has been awarding its eponymous art prize at art KARLSRUHE - Classical Modern and Contemporary Art, which will take place this year from 7 to 10 July 2022 in the Karlsruhe exhibition halls. The award will be presented to the prize-winner Osmar Osten on the opening day of the international art fair: the award ceremony is scheduled for Thursday (7 July) at 5 p.m. at the ARTIMA art Forum of the newly designed Hall 3.

Just like the foundation, the award commemorates the life and work of its namesake, the painter and writer Hans Platschek, who died over 20 years ago. The artist, who was born in Berlin in 1923 and died in Hamburg in 2000, was regarded throughout his life as a critical forerunner and rethinker of artistic positions after the Second World War. The foundation in his honour was founded in 2005 by the lawyer Kurt Groenewold. Alongside him, the current board of the foundation consists of Bettina Steinbrügge (Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean) and Sebastian Giesen (Hermann Reemtsma Foundation).

It is no coincidence that the Hans Platschek Prize for Art and Writing has always been presented to painters and sculptors who themselves work with the word. From Helga Schmidhuber (2020), Monica Bonvicini (2019) to Jonathan Meese (2017) and Werner Büttner (2011) - a total of 14 artists were each nominated by a juror and, on the occasion of the award ceremony at art KARLSRUHE, were able to place their work in dialogue with works by Platschek in a special show. Most recently, the prize was awarded to the painter Monika Baer (2021).

Picture: Barbara Klemm.

On 7 July 2022, the Chemnitz artist Osmar Osten will join the ranks of the prize winners. Beginning with an apprenticeship as a landscape gardener, Osten studied painting and graphic arts at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts from 1980 to 1985. In addition to a long-standing collaboration with the "Salvatore e Caroline Ala" gallery in Milan, he has exhibited in numerous German and international galleries and museums. The President of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Ulrike Lorenz, has been observing Osmar Osten's artistic development for decades. The fact that she as the Platschek Prize juror chose him is documented by her with significance: "With his post-dadaist painting and in ironic short texts, he remains unimpressed on the trail of the absurdities of human existence. A witty contemporary with a philanthropic delight in the grotesque."

Loth Sculpture Prize - donated by L-Bank - awarded for the fourth time

In addition to the Hans Platschek Prize, the Loth Sculpture Prize sponsored by L-Bank is also part of the supporting programme of this year's summer edition of art KARLSRUHE. The prize was last awarded in 2020. At that time, artist Gary Schlingheider, represented by Galerie Burster (Berlin), was delighted to receive the award. The prize of 20,000 euros is awarded by a jury of experts to one of a total of 24 sculptures. These are among the distinctive features of the art fair. The prize is awarded to both the gallery and the artist. The award ceremony will take place on Friday (8 July 2022, 5 pm) at the ARTIMA art Forum in Hall 3.

Prize for the best one-artist show

The award ceremonies will be completed by the art KARLSRUHE prize for the best one-artist show at the fair. With this award, the State of Baden-Württemberg and the City of Karlsruhe honour both an artist and a gallery owner. Works from the award-winning one-artist show will be promoted for the art KARLSRUHE Collection, which is administered by the Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe, to the value of 15,000 euros. The last winner was artist Annette Kelm and Galerie König (Berlin) . At art KARLSRUHE 2022, the prize will be awarded on Saturday (9 July 2022, 11 am) at the ARTIMA art Forum in Hall 3.

art KARLSRUHE 2022 - Classical Modern and Contemporary Art (7-10 July 2022)

The nineteenth edition of art KARLSRUHE – International Fair for Classic Modern and Contemporary Art will celebrate an “art-full” comeback at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre from 7 to 10 July. After last year’s digital edition under the title “art KARLSRUHE selections”, the traditional physical encounter with art is again possible in Karlsruhe. For four days, a total of 215 galleries from twelve countries will transform the trade fair’s four high-ceilinged and light-flooded exhibition halls into a showcase and marketplace for art spanning more than 120 years. Art lovers are welcome to linger at the summer edition of art KARLSRUHE until well into the evening: the new opening hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

© Galerie Hegemann/Peintre X

Foreign and domestic galleries

The heart of the fair is the programme of exhibiting galleries. This year’s list of exhibitors once again brings together galleries specialising in all genres from Classic Modern art to the latest Contemporary creations. Renowned galleries such as Ludorff (Düsseldorf), Friese (Berlin), Maulberger (Munich), Osper (Cologne), Rotermund (Hamburg), Schwarzer (Düsseldorf), Scheffel (Bad Homburg) and van der Koelen (Mainz) are among the German exhibitors. In addition, 47 foreign galleries further enrich this year’s programme with their multifaceted artistic positions. Among them are longstanding exhibitors such as Várfok (Budapest) and Gilden’s Art (London). Naturally, new exhibitors are also represented: for example, the Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery from London, which will be a guest in Karlsruhe for the first time. With eight galleries from Karlsruhe and over 43 others from Baden-Württemberg, the fair is also an important venue for galleries from the local region.

The diverse programmes of the selected galleries will be showing works by a large number of well-known artists at art KARLSRUHE. To name only a few, the artists range from Josef Albers and Salvador Dalí, through Otto Dix and Max Liebermann, to Pablo Picasso, Markus Lüpertz and Alex Katz. Works by young, up-and-coming artists will likewise be on display. Among these are the pictorial stories of Ambra Durante: born in 2000, Durante is a doubly talented artist who works in two genres. Visitors can also look forward to viewing animal sculptures by the Swiss artist Matthias Garff.

Insights into the oeuvres of individual artists

The fair’s programme promises plenty of excitement, and so too do the 180 One-Artist-Shows, which together comprise an exciting stroll through art history. Established masters of Art Informel such as Karl Otto Götz (Die Galerie, Frankfurt) will be part of this programme, as will contemporary artists, such as Elvira Bach (Galerie Art Affair, Regensburg). Works by international stars will likewise be shown at One-Artist-Shows in Karlsruhe: the exhibiting celebrities include Christo (Art Edition Fils, Düsseldorf), Bob Dylan (Premium Modern Art, Heilbronn) and Neo Rauch (Galerie Erik Bausmann, Halle). Enjoy art outdoors As always, art KARLSRUHE is again also dedicated to three-dimensional art. The two dozen Sculpture Areas in the exhibition halls are a unique feature of art KARLSRUHE. They alternate with the galleries’ stands, provide space for creativity, and offer sculptural surprises. Particular attention will also be paid this year to the sculpture garden, which is sponsored by the Vollack Group. In harmony with a catering offer, three-dimensional works of art can be experienced and enjoyed here in a summery atmosphere under the open sky. The new season is also artistically reflected inside the exhibition halls, where visitors can expect to discover summery artistic positions in the programmes of the exhibiting galleries. Among the artworks on display are “Eis III” (“Ice III”) by the artist Peintre X (Hegemann Gallery) and “Kaffeegarten im Sommer” (“Coffee Garden in Summer”) by Christopher Lehmpfuhl (Ludorff Gallery).

Special show highlighting femininity

Not far from the special show of graphic prints in Hall 3, visitors will find another special show featuring artworks from the Klöcker Collection. Since the early 1980s, the eponymous couple has dedicated themselves to amassing a private collection of portrayals of women in Post-war and Contemporary art. The feminine accordingly runs like Ariadne’s thread through the entire collection. The artworks include pieces by Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke and Eric Fischl. Of course, works by numerous women painters, photographers and sculptors are likewise part of the collection: these artists include, for example, Sibylle Bergemann, Barbara Klemm and Cornelia Schleime. A representative selection will be on display on 300 square metres at art KARLSRUHE. The feminine will also shown beyond the confines of the special show. For example, the important artist Lotte Laserstein’s painting “Madeleine mit Spiegel” (“Madeleine with Mirror”), which was thought to have been lost, will be exhibited at the fair, where this large-format work from a private Swedish collection will be presented to the public for the first time in Germany. The Berlin-based salon gallery “Die Möwe” will exhibit this painting in Hall 4.

Media art at art KARLSRUHE

Like the special shows, media art too will be on display in newly designed Hall 3, which will henceforth have the motto “Art and Communication”. Karlsruhe’s distinction as thus-far the only German “UNESCO City of Media Arts” is also reflected here. More than ever before at the art fair in Karlsruhe, media art will also be successfully presented, whether in the form of light art, video installations or augmented-reality applications. Not only the City of Karlsruhe, but also the ZKM are each represented with their own stand. One highlight is an artwork which the media artist Jonas Denzel created especially for the fair on the initiative of the Karlsruhe Cultural Office. Denzel will present an interactive video installation on a large LED wall. With his “footprint” project, which was supported by Bechtle AG, Denzel wants to draw attention to the question of how we can shrink our ecological footprint and thus help to ensure a sustainable future. Digital mirror images of the feet of each individual person will be abstracted, mirrored and distorted. In the process, a simple image becomes a complex replication.

The supporting programme

Also in Hall 3, the two-day ARTIMA art meeting will take place on 7 and 8 July (starting at 2 p.m.). This year’s symposium, which is open to the public, will include six lectures focussing on the theme of “The art business with, against and after the coronavirus”. Award ceremonies are also a part of art KARLSRUHE. In addition to the Hans Platschek Prize for Art and Writing and the art KARLSRUHE Prize for the best One-Artist-Show, the Loth Sculpture Prize will once again be awarded. This last-mentioned prize is sponsored by the L-Bank, which will again provide 20,000 euros in prize money to be shared by the prizewinning artist and gallerist.

Digital Press Kit art KARLSRUHE 2022
A printed version of our press kit can be found in the press center of Messe Karlsruhe. © Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner