A Festival of Three-dimensional Art

The subject of sculpture has always been a special focus at art KARLSRUHE – Classic Modern and Contemporary Art. The annual art fair, which was initiated by curator Ewald Karl Schrade had already featured Sculpture Areas in its premiere edition.

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.

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