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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.

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

Josef Albers, Bright September, 1963, Öl auf Masonit, 121,5x121,5 cm, Sammlung Peter C. Ruppert – Konkrete Kunst in Europa nach 1945, Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg, Foto: Karl Arendt, ADF, Köln © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

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

Jorinde Voigt, Galerie König
Jorinde Voigt, Immersive Integral / Zenith VIII, 2018, India ink, gold leaf, pastel, oil crayon, graphite on paper, framed, 219,5 x 140,7 cm, courtesy of the artist and KÖNIG GALERIE, Berlin/London. Photo Roman März Galerie König, Berlin/London

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.

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.

Monica Bonvicini Is the Winner of the Hans Platschek Prize in 2019
Monica Bonvicini

The Foundation’s award commemorates the late painter and author Hans Platschek, who ranks among the foremost pioneering and reflective thinkers and critics of artistic positions after the Second World War. The juror in 2019 is Bettina Steinbrügge, director of the Kunstverein in Hamburg and member of the board of the Hans Platschek Foundation. Steinbrügge nominated the Italian artist Monica Bonvicini as the newest Platschek prizewinner, who follows previous laureates such as Justin Almquist (2016), Jonathan Meese (2017) and Michael Kunze (2018).

Monica Bonvicini, who ranks among today’s most influential artists, creates artworks that reference sociopolitical conditions. Utilizing diverse expressive media (e.g. drawing, sculpture, installation, video and photography), she explores themes ranging from architecture and gender roles to control and power, while reflecting on the special significance of language and its effects. Her work has been shown worldwide in numerous one-artist-shows, group exhibits and biennales. Sculptures by Monica Bonvicini are permanently installed in Queen Elizabeth Park in London and at Bjorvika Fjord in front of the opera house in Oslo.

Monica Bonvicini’s artworks will be presented in dialogue with selected pictures by Hans Platschek at the Foundation’s stand in Hall 1 at art KARLSRUHE. The award ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 21 February in the ARTIMA art Forum at art KARLSRUHE.

Loth Sculpture Prize to Be Awarded for the Second Time

The Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos, who is represented by Galerie Scheffel (Bad Homburg), was the recipient of the first Loth Sculpture Prize at art KARLSRUHE in 2018. The award, which is sponsored by the L-Bank and endowed with 20,000 euros in prize money, will be awarded for the second time at the upcoming art KARLSRUHE, when a jury of specialists will confer it on the co-creators of one of the twenty Sculpture Areas at art KARLSRUHE 2019. The Sculpture Areas rank among the unique features of the annual art fair. The prize honours both the sculptor and the gallery which represents the winning artist. The award ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, 22 February in ARTIMA art Forum.

art KARLSRUHE Prize for the Best One-Artist-Show

A prize for the best One-Artist-Show has been awarded annually at art KARLSRUHE for more than twelve years. The state of Baden-Württemberg and the city of Karlsruhe jointly honour the artist and the gallery owner who stage the best One-Artist-Show. A jury of specialists chooses the winning duo. The 15,000 euros of prize money finance the purchase of artworks from the winning One-Artist-Show. These newly acquired works become part of the art KARLSRUHE-Collection, which is administrated by the Städtische Galerie in Karlsruhe. The award ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, 23 February 11 in ARTIMA art Forum.

art KARLSRUHE 2019: the council has chosen 208 galleries from 16 countries
art KARLSRUHE zeigt 208 Galerien aus 16 Ländern

The fairground will become a showplace for art spanning a period of 120 years. In addition, 20 Sculpture Areas will create spacious situations and invite guests to linger, while 120 One-Artist-Shows grant profound insights into their artists’ oeuvres.

art KARLSRUHE’s advisory council will assign the limited number of booths at the fair to galleries from Germany and abroad. The selected galleries include exhibitors which are already well-known at art KARLSRUHE, e.g. Die Galerie GmbH (Frankfurt am Main, Germany), Gilden’s Arts (London, Great Britain) and Schacher – Raum für Kunst (Stuttgart, Germany), as well as numerous newly arriving or returning galleries such as Klaus Benden (Cologne, Germany), Maryam Fasihi Harandi (Teheran, Iran), König (Berlin, Germany), Anna Laudel Contemporary (Istanbul, Turkey) and Karl Pfefferle (Munich, Germany).

Hall 1: Photography & Original Editions

Hall 1 at art KARLSRUHE is dedicated to art in original editions. Visitors will find artistic photography in its full spectrum from classical reportage, portrait, nude and architectural photography to conceptual, experimental, staged and abstract photography as vintage or modern prints, as well as a strong presentation of graphic prints. An exhibition area of circa 200 square metres will provide a special presentation area for graphic prints. The special show will feature prints, preferentially reproduced in limited editions, from the exhibitors’ collections, thus offering a broad art-historical spectrum.

Works by international artists such as Tony Cragg, Sean Scully and Cindy Sherman be will shown in the art fair’s booths by galleries such as Bernd Klüser (Munich, Germany), Eduard Planting Gallery (Amsterdam, Holland), Heike Schumacher (Überlingen, Germany) and Monika Wertheimer (Oberwil, Switzerland).

Hall 2: Modern Classic & Contemporary Art

The phrase “Modern Classic” unites various artistic positions which crystallized after the Second World War. Combined with established contemporary positions, the presentations from Hall 3 continued into the present day. Hall 2 accordingly brings together more than 70 exhibitors, including Galeria Cortina (Barcelona, Spain), Gimpel & Müller (Paris, France), Galerie König (Berlin, Germany), Nothelfer (Berlin, Germany) and Rother Winter (Wiesbaden, Germany), which offer a broad spectrum of established present-day art ranging from Art Informel through artworks from the Zero movement and Pop Art to trends from the genre of Concrete Art. A number of galleries will present special positions (e.g. Realism and Neo-expressionism) that are less frequently encountered. These galleries include, for example, Burkhard Eikelmann (Düsseldorf, Germany), Thomas Fuchs (Stuttgart, Germany), Ulrich Gering (Frankfurt am Main, Germany), Pfefferle (Munich, Germany) and Schimming (Hamburg, Germany).

Hall 3: Classic Modern & Contemporary Art

Hall 3 invites its visitors to immerse themselves in the world of Classic Modern art. Art loverswill find artworks here in styles such as Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism and Constructivism. From German Expressionism as represented by galleries such as Ludorff (Düsseldorf), Thole Rotermund (Hamburg) or Schwarzer (Düsseldorf), to international Abstraction à la Calder, Chillida, Corbusier, Feininger or Picasso: numerous pioneers of these styles will all be on display here. A high-quality programme will be presented by the exhibiting galleries, which include Gilden’s Art (London, Great Britain), Koch-Westenhoff (Lübeck), Schlichtenmaier (Grafenau/Stuttgart), Fenna Wehlau (Munich) and many others. Hall 3 will also host works by numerous artists who belong to the post-war generation that invented Art Informel in the late 1940s and ’50s. This era’s spontaneous, gestural paintings will be offered by galleries such as Luzán (Berlin, Germany), Maulberger (Munich), Sina Stockebrand (Veltheim, Germany).

dm-arena/Hall 4: ContemporaryArt 21

A dense concentration of the most recent art awaits discovery under the rubric “ContemporaryArt 21” in the dm-arena/Hall 4 at art KARLSRUHE. Visitors can look forward to well-known galleries such as Martina Kaiser Cologne Contemporary Art (Cologne, Germany), Marek Kralewski (Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany) and Schacher – Raum für Kunst (Stuttgart, Germany), which will show impressive works by artists from around the globe: e.g. from China through Poland to Germany. The international selection of the latest art will be further augmented by newcomers such as Cube Gallery (London, Great Britain), Goodwin Gallery (Hamburg, Germany), Meno Nisa Galerija (Vilnius, Lithuania), Alexander Ochs (Berlin, Germany) and others.

(A complete list of all exhibiting galleries is attached.)

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