Reunion in Berlin

Many important players in the art scene accepted our invitation to the Berlin Soiree of art KARLSRUHE. The entertaining evening took place at the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the Federal Government.

In addition to the latest information on the upcoming art KARLSRUHE (4 - 7 May 2023), many other interesting topics were discussed and networking took place in a pleasant atmosphere.

art KARLSRUHE in Berlin

Britta Wirtz, Managing director of Messe Karlsruhe: "We were very pleased that so many important players in the art world accepted our invitation!"

The registration for the 20th art KARLSRUHE has begun!!
Application for art KARLSRUHE 2022
Application for art KARLSRUHE 2022
art KARLSRUHE 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.

FYou can find more information in our press release.

Hans Platschek Prize 2022 goes to Osmar Osten

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.

The ARTIMA art meeting of art KARLSRUHE 2022
ARTIMA art Forum 2020
ARTIMA art Forum 2020

Under the title "Art business with, against and after Corona", the ARTIMA art meeting will take place on July 7 and 8, 2022, at 2 p.m. in the redesigned Hall 3 "Art & Communication". The series of events, conceived by the Office for Art and Publicity of the publishing house Lindinger + Schmid, will feature a total of six speakers.

From the perspective of their profession, prominent art mediators such as Eckart Köhne, president of the German Museums Association, Werner Tammen, regional chairman of the Berlin galleries, and curator Kasper König will report on resistance in lockdown phases and how to overcome it. The audience will hear about increasing online business in the art trade and the expansion of digital offerings on the part of museums and fairs, but also about travel restrictions, missing exhibitions and projects, and declining sales. In addition, various subsidies on the part of municipalities, states and the federal government will be discussed.

The ARTIMA art Meeting takes place annually at art KARLSRUHE. Instead of the previously practiced talk rounds, this time the speakers give 20-minute impulse lectures in order to be able to discuss the hot topics in more detail.

A Celebration of the Feminine in Art

The Klöcker Collection as a Special Exhibition at art Karlsruhe 2022

Photo: Wolfgang Stahr
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 - Classical Modern and Contemporary Art is all about femininity: under the title "Women: Klöcker Collection," the couple of the same name will present a representative selection of their private collection of artistic portrayals of women. After the special show was already scheduled to be shown in 2021, the Klöcker Collection will now receive the appreciation it deserves at the 19th edition of art KARLSRUHE. It will be on display in the redesigned "Art & Communication" hall on an area of around 300 square meters from July 7 to 10.

The Klöcker Collection provides an in-depth insight into the passion and commitment of private collecting. It thus fits in perfectly with the selection of past renowned special exhibitions such as Frieder Burda (2018), Peter C. Ruppert (2019) or Hans-Peter Haas (2020).

Advisory board juries 215 galleries from 12 countries

With an eye to the upcoming art KARLSRUHE - Classical Modern and Contemporary Art (July 7-10), the seven-member advisory board headed by curator Ewald Karl Schrade and fair director Britta Wirtz has juried the participating galleries. A total of 215 nationally and internationally renowned galleries from thirteen countries will present their program at the fair.

Sculpture Area art KARLSRUHE 2020
Sculpture Area art KARLSRUHE 2020

A unique feature of the fair is the layout of the galleries in interplay with generously designed sculpture spaces. In 2022, a total of 24 sculpture areas will be on display at the fair. New this year is a changed arrangement of the four exhibition halls. In addition to the focus halls Classical Modern, Art after 1945, Prints and Contemporary, visitors will now find a separate hall for the topics of special exhibitions, museum presentations and talks, which is themed "Art and Communication".

Meeting again in Berlin

Just in time for the start of the fall season with Positions and Berlin Art Week, art KARLSRUHE was also on site in Berlin. At the Landesvertretung Baden-Württemberg beim Bund, the art scene took a look at the upcoming art KARLSRUHE and celebrated a joint - and above all a very personal - reunion in a relaxed, late summer atmosphere!

art KARLSRUHE in Berlin

Olga Blaß, project manager: "We were very pleased that so many important players in the art world accepted our invitation!"

Transformation process started

After the twentieth edition of art KARLSRUHE - Classical Modern and Contemporary Art in 2023, the curator and founder of the fair, Ewald Karl Schrade, will hand over the baton of management to proven and new hands.

Ewald Karl Schrade and Britta Wirtz at art KARLSRUHE 2020
Ewald Karl Schrade and Britta Wirtz

Until that time, Ewald Karl Schrade and Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe, will jointly shape the transformation process now underway, which will redefine the future management of the art fair. Meanwhile, the search for an external artistic director will begin after art KARLSRUHE 2022, who will complement the Messe Karlsruhe team after the 2023 event with an accomplished view of external market events.

The registration for the 18th art KARLSRUHE has begun!!
Brochures art KARLSRUHE

All conditions of participation and the registration forms can be downloaded here.

Different Nations under One Roof – Gallery GNG


Yannis Markantonakis, Hafenszene
Yannis Markantonakis, Hafenszene

Gallery GNG from Paris celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. As one art KARLSRUHE’s “regular galleries”, GNG has been represented at the Fair for Classic Modern and Contemporary art since the first art KARLSRUHE in 2004. For a quarter of a century, Gilles Naudin has successfully united a broad spectrum of artists of diverse nationalities and cultural backgrounds under the aegis of his gallery. Although he devotes particular attention to figurative painting, Naudin’s programme is also open to abstract currents, photography and sculpture. Gallery GNG cultivates longstanding relationships with artists such as Carme Albaigès (born in 1956), whose works often vividly capture the conditio humana, and Guy Brunet (born in 1958), whose images of human beings are simultaneously fantastic-realistic and seemingly unreal.

GNG Gallery will bring from France’s capital to the upcoming art KARLSRUHE paintings by the Greek artist Yannis Markantonakis (born in 1955), whose depictions of harbour scenes sometimes become discernible only after closer inspection of colours and forms that had initially seemed abstract.

Nurcan Giz, Isimsiz
Nurcan Giz, Isimsiz

The Turkish artist Nurcan Giz (born in 1951) represents the nonfigurative genre at the gallery’s stand, while paintings by the Belgian artist Roland Devolder (born in 1938) add a touch of surrealism.

Martin Hollebecq, Tube
Martin Hollebecq, Tube

GNG Gallery also presents sculptures by Martin Hollebecq (born in 1962) on one of the Sculpture Areas: his stone sculptures simultaneously convey heaviness and lightness, balance and harmony, and the unalloyed delight of pure form.

Gallery Burster


Bram Braam, METRO #2
Bram Braam, METRO #2, 2019, steel, plastic, spray paint, wood

Rita Burster founded her gallery for Contemporary art in Berlin-Charlottenburg in 2014. Gallery Burster opened a second location in art KARLSRUHE’s hometown two years ago, so this art fair is like a “home game” the gallery. From its inception, Gallery Burster has represented young and emerging artists from Germany and abroad, e.g. Katharina Albers (born in 1985) with her vividly coloured lithographs and Alex Feuerstein (born in 1981), whose painterly snapshots are also part of the collections of the Fondazione Museo di Maggio in Milan and the Städtische Galerie in Karlsruhe. In addition to paintings, Rita Burster naturally also presents sculptures: for example, wooden figures by the Japanese artist Hirofumi Fujiwara (born in 1984).

Christian August, No sleep
Christian August, No sleep, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 140 x 110 cm

“We are especially looking forward to the upcoming art KARLSRUHE, where we will feature our Dutch artist Bram Braam in a One-Artist-Show and present a new installation by Gary Schlingheider on one of the Sculpture Areas”, the gallery owner says. Braam (born in 1980) works with recycled materials and found objects, while Schlingheider (born in 1983) creates installations that prioritize clear reduction to the essentials.

Maria Schumacher, Patterns of Settlement
Maria Schumacher, Patterns of Settlement, oil on canvas, 2018, 150 x 119 cm

Paintings by Christian August and Maria Schumacher will also be on view for the first time at the gallery’s stand. All of the gallery’s artists are still in the production phase, so it will be interesting to see the public premieres of their newest artworks at art KARLSRUHE in February 2020.

A Passion for Paper – Thole Rotermund Kunsthandel


Hermann Max Pechstein, Waldbach
Hermann Max Pechstein, Waldbach, 1937, coloured chalk on vellum, 28.8 x 38 cm

Thole Rotermund has specialized in German Expressionist and Classic Modern artworks on paper since the founding of his gallery in 2000. With more than two decades of experience in this field, Rotermund has long since become one of the leading contacts for collectors throughout the entire European region. His enthusiasm for the medium of paper primarily derives from “the delight in the freedom, intimacy and immediacy of the hand drawing in all its forms and its artistic character, which is spontaneous and emotional, yet frequently also fully mature.”

Gabriele Münter, Aus Siglingen an der Jagst
Gabriele Münter, Aus Siglingen an der Jagst, 1938, oil on cardboard, 49.3 x 33.8 cm

Thole Rotermund gathers the greatest names of the first half of the 20th century on his gallery’s premises in Hamburg. The list of his artists ranges from Lyonel Feininger to Paul Klee, August Macke, Franz Marc, Emil Nolde and Christian Rohlfs. Many of these highlights will be brought from the Hanseatic city to southern Germany in February for art KARLSRUHE. These include Gabriele Münter’s village impression “Aus Siglingen an der Jangst” (1938) from the estate of the artist, as well as a colour lithograph by Lyonel Feininger, which debuted as part of the first big “Mail-Art-Action” at the Bauhaus exhibition in 1923. A charcoal drawing by August Macke from 1914 was sketched during what is probably the most famous journey in art history: together with Paul Klee and Louis Moilliet, Macke travelled to Tunisia to record numerous impressions from “One Thousand and One Nights”, always with a sketchbook in hand.

Lyonel Feininger, Treptow an der Rega
Gallery Anja Knoess


Axel Anklam, Double Line, 2018
Axel Anklam, Double Line, 2018, carbon fibre, stainless steel, epoxy, 35 x 30 x 38 cm

The young Anja Knoess Gallery is participating in art KARLSRUHE for the sixth time. Ever since its founding in Cologne in 2015, this gallery has regularly shown international and contemporary tendencies in painting, sculpture and photography at the fair in Karlsruhe. In addition to artists from Germany and other European countries, the gallery’s program also includes artists from China and the United States. When she selects artists and artworks for her gallery, Anja Knoess, who has also served as a member of art KARLSRUHE’s advisory board, relies on “characteristic painterly, photographic or sculptural approaches”, both in the choice of media and in the artistic implementation in the exciting field between figuration and abstraction.

For example, Gallery Anja Knoess is bringing to the fair Axel Anklam (born in 1971), who creates light-reflecting and light-absorbing sculptures from stainless steel, carbon and fibreglass, as well as Sabine Beyerle (born in 1975), who is known for her perspectivally nested spaces.

Koen Vermeule, Fensterbild (Window Picture), 2019
Koen Vermeule, Fensterbild (Window Picture), 2019, oil and acrylic on canvas, 140 x 200 cm

Anja Knoess is dedicating a One-Artist-Show to the Dutch artist Koen Vermeule (born in 1965), who paints seascapes and cityscapes that penetratingly reflect on society and its rapid technological evolution.

The application process for art KARLSRUHE 2020 is open now!
art KARLSRUHE continues Germany Tour!
art Brunch of art KARLSRUHE in the museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf
From Generation to Generation – Gallery Rother Winter


As the daughter of the art collector Adolf Herkenrath and as the niece of the painter Peter Herkenrath, Christine Rother-Ulrich grew up with art from an early age. Opening her own gallery in 1994 was practically a predestined event. Six years ago, the trained banker joined forces with Elvira Mann-Winter and her gallery. Since then, the two women have shared premises and programmes in Wiesbaden. Christine Rother-Ulrich explains: “Our goal is to convey to our customers and collectors the joy and enthusiasm that we personally feel for art and for the uniqueness of individual artworks.” Gallery Rother Winter represents established and younger artists who make creative and sustainable artworks.

The younger generation came onboard this year: Elvira Mann-Winter transferred the rights to her gallery to Christine Rother-Ulrich’ son Christian H. Rother, who plans to continue running the gallery together with his mother under the name Rother Winter, while simultaneously assuring its continued existence for the future. The gallery has been uninterruptedly present at art KARSLRUHE since 2005. For the upcoming edition of the fair in 2020, Gallery Rother Winter will also preset two One-Artist-Shows at its 100-square-metre stand. One of these shows will feature paintings by Eva Ohlow.

Tim Bengel, LACMA
Tim Bengel, LACMA, 2018, sand and 24 karat gold on aluminium, 135 x 135 cm

“A special highlight will be the presentation of the young shooting star of the art world Tim Bengel,” Rother-Ulrich reveals. Bengel (born in 1991) uses an innovative and unique technique to create artworks from sand, gold and other precious metals. Spectacular premieres of his works in social media earned global fame for this young star.

Solo exhibition for Joana Vasconcelos

n February she also convinced the expert jury at art KARLSRUHE and received the first Loth Sculpture Area Prize - sponsored by L-Bank. "The prizewinner is a modern, young artist who has made the theme of women her subject," emphasized Alexander Heil, jury member and estate administrator Wilhelm Loths.

Joana Vasconcelos, ausgestellt von Galerie Scheffel, Preisträgerin des Loth-Skulpturenpreis 2018
Successful cooperation will be continued!

The successful cooperation is existing since 2014. Year after year, Ms. Reber and her team of professional experts impress visitors to the trade fair highlights. For the coming year, she is already working on new tour highlights. So stay tuned and look forward to art KARLSRUHE 2019.

Here you can find the contact for individual inquiries about foreign language, group and private tours and the actual guided tours programme in time before the fair.

Sarah Moon bei Galerie Persiehl & Heine
Toni Stegmayer bei Galerie Straihammer und Seidenschwann


Bogen von Toni Stegmayer
Toni Stegmayer, Bogen, 2018, Stein (Muschelkalk), 123 x 43 x 18 cm (H x B x T).

Eine weitere Galerie aus Wien – die Galerie Straihammer und Seidenschwann – gehört zu den insgesamt 35 internationalen Galerien in diesem Jahr. Straihammer und Seidenschwann bringen u. a. den Bildhauer Toni Stegmayer mit, der durch gezielt gesetzte Schnitte und kontrollierte Brüche im Material die Massivität von Steinkuben beugt und sie aus der statischen Balance zu bringen scheint. Hier: Toni Stegmayer, Bogen, 2018, Stein (Muschelkalk), 123 x 43 x 18 cm (H x B x T).