art KARLSRUHE selections

• New date for art KARLSRUHE in 2022
• Free digital programme from 20 to 23 May 2021
• Special exhibitions of the art KARLSRUHE galleries

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.

Portrait Eric Dewald
Eric Dewald
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