art KARLSRUHE Friends and Sponsors premiere a complete success: art auction secures five-figure sum for the Parkinson's Foundation
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77,800.00 euros - that is the impressive result of the first benefit auction organized by the Friends and Sponsors of art KARLSRUHE in cooperation with Messe Karlsruhe. Dynamic, rousing and entertaining, the evening's auctioneer, Kristian Jarmuschek, succeeded in making numerous arms jump up in the packed auction room. A total of 50 works of art were auctioned off at the Konzerthaus in Karlsruhe, achieving a proud total result of 77,800.00 euros. "Together with our guests, we were able to spend a wonderful evening in the special ambience of the Konzerthaus, where top-class, selected works of art from the art KARLSRUHE galleries were shown to an enthusiastic audience, accompanied by good music, exquisite wines, food and good conversation," says Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe and Chairwoman of the Board of the Friends and Sponsors of art KARLSRUHE. "But the most important thing for us is that we were able to achieve a fantastic result with our charity art auction and thus actively support the Parkinson's Foundation."

TV legend Frank Elstner thanks personally

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TV legend Frank Elstner in conversation with Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe and presenter Max Moor.

Frank Elstner, who has been an ambassador for the Parkinson's Foundation for several years, was more than pleased with the successful evening, which he accompanied on site: "Being here today is a very special occasion for me and a wonderful combination," he says. "This event brings people interested in art to an auction in the hope that a lot of money will be raised to support research and science that cannot yet cure Parkinson's, but is well on the way to treating it in the next few years." Around 400,000 people in Germany suffer from Parkinson's, and the disease still has no cure. The Parkinson's Foundation, which was founded in 2019 by the German Society for Parkinson's and Movement Disorders, has set itself the task of providing information about the disease and promoting research into possible forms of therapy.

Generous support from the galleries and top-class works of art

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Kristian Jarmuschek, the evening's auctioneer, accepts the next bid.

The well-known television presenter Max Moor, who hosted the evening, welcomed around 180 guests who were impressed by the works to be auctioned. Works by artists such as Christopher Lehmpfuhl, Willi Siber, Johanna Wagner, Gretel Haas-Gerber and Carlo Krone, winner of this year's art KARLSRUHE prize, went under the hammer. "We are very grateful to our galleries for the exquisite selection of artworks," says Kristian Jarmuschek, auction director of the evening and chairman of the art KARLSRUHE advisory board. "Together with the members of the Support association, we have not only been able to serve a purpose that is meaningful for all of us with our benefit auction, but have also fulfilled our mission of promoting art in the best possible way. To the delight of the young artists, the Förderverein was also able to bring a work by the Kunstpädagogische Kinder- und Jugendarbeit Durlach under the hammer. We can now build on this success across the board, which was only possible thanks to the commitment of numerous sponsors, and look forward to further events of this kind."

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Friends and supporters of art KARLSRUHE invite you to the Midsummer auction in aid of the Parkinson's Foundation

Auctioning art and doing good: this is the motto under which the Verein der Förderer und Freunde der art KARLSRUHE, in cooperation with Messe Karlsruhe, is inviting you to its first charity auction in aid of the Parkinson's Foundation at the Konzerthaus in Karlsruhe on 21 June 2024. Kristian Jarmuschek, Chairman of the art KARLSRUHE Advisory Board, will be the evening's auctioneer and will conduct the auctions of the 50 or so works provided by the art KARLSRUHE galleries. 50 per cent of the ‘hammer price’ will go to the Parkinson's Foundation and 50 per cent to the respective artists.

‘Buying art and doing good - for me, there is hardly a better reason to come together with our guests,’ says Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe and Chairwoman of the Board of the Friends and Sponsors of art KARLSRUHE. "As a support association, our central concern is to promote art and culture and to create visibility for art in the public eye. We are all the more pleased that we are also serving a good cause for the Parkinson's Foundation today."

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Prominent guests get involved with the Parkinson's Foundation

Marion Eichmann / Galerie Tammen
Marion Eichmann / Galerie Tammen

A real highlight of the evening: Frank Elstner, ambassador for the Parkinson's Foundation, will be on hand to accompany and support the evening. ‘I am already looking forward to an exciting evening at the Konzerthaus Karlsruhe,’ says the well-known presenter. ‘On this evening, art can help to cure Parkinson's - and I would be delighted if many guests bid and support the Parkinson's Foundation in its research projects.’ Around 400,000 people in Germany suffer from Parkinson's disease, and there is still no cure. The Parkinson's Foundation, which was founded in 2019 by the German Society for Parkinson's and Movement Disorders, has set itself the task of providing information about the disease and promoting research into possible forms of therapy.

‘To the first, to the second and to the third...’

Julian Opie_Davis Klemm Gallery
Julian Opie / Davis Klemm Gallery

Anyone wishing to bid can already secure a bidding card online. The 50 or so works to be auctioned can be viewed from 6 p.m. - at 7.30 p.m. it will then be time for ‘first, second and third...’. Each item starts with a starting bid of EUR 100 and the highest bidder wins. Works by artists such as Christopher Lehmpfuhl, Marion Eichmann, Gretel Haas-Gerber and Carlo Krone, winner of this year's art KARLSRUHE prize, will go under the hammer. ‘Our galleries have provided us with an exquisite selection of works for this special evening,’ says auction manager Kristian Jarmuschek. "We are looking forward to a successful auction that will hopefully raise a handsome sum for the Parkinson's Foundation. The fact that we can do good and support artists at the same time with an evening organised jointly by the members of the support association confirms us in this midsummer event in the beautiful ambience of the concert hall."

art KARLSRUHE 2024: An expansive new departure

"I see a real departure here," summarises the world-famous artist and loyal visitor to the fair Markus Lüpertz. On the preview day, the hand-picked audience of art connoisseurs and gallery owners was already enthusiastic about the conceptual reorganisation under the new management, which has made the strengths of the fair tangible again. Around 47,000 visitors confirmed this initial positive response over the course of the fair.

"There is a unique spirit at art KARLSRUHE this year," says fair director Britta Wirtz. "And this is not only noticeable here, but also far beyond the exhibition centre. The fundamentally high quality of our exhibitors and the new concept are the perfect starting point on the way to becoming the place to be for the art scene in Europe."

Focussed on strengths and ready to provide impetus

With a broad spectrum of artistic creation, art KARLSRUHE offers art lovers an unrivalled collection of works - from classical modernism to post-war modernism and contemporary art. This inspiring interplay is unique in Karlsruhe and forms the basis for innovations that build on the fair's existing strengths. "We receive consistently positive feedback from our galleries," summarise project manager Olga Blaß and advisory board chairman Kristian Jarmuschek. "We are also particularly proud that relevant galleries that had cancelled previous art KARLSRUHE editions have now returned to us because they find our new concept so convincing." For example, the renowned gallery Henze & Ketterer: "The fact that classical modernism has come to Hall 1 was the deciding factor for us to come back to art," explains Dr Alexandra Henze. "My overall impression is that the fair is very appealing, the quality has increased in recent years and the visitors are very well informed. The discussions are really fun." New exhibitors are also finding the reorganisation of the fair positive: "This is our first time at art KARLSRUHE," says Michael Cosar from Galerie Cosar. "We had visitors to our stand throughout, numerous interested people and positive discussions, including some successful deals. We are therefore very satisfied."

Manuel Ludorff from Galerie Ludorff in Düsseldorf emphasises the high sales figures in particular: "Despite a market environment with economic challenges, the response here at art KARLSRUHE was very good. We have met very important and relevant collectors - the basic prerequisite for sales, especially in the high-price segment. For example, we have just sold a watercolour by Lyonel Feininger for 120,000 euros and have reserved works worth half a million euros to date. We were also able to sell all the paintings we had brought from the artist Christopher Lehmpfuhl, for example. As almost every year, things went extremely well for us at art KARLSRUHE."

The prince of painters Markus Lüpertz also praised the further development of the fair: "I've already discovered great colour application and good painting and I'm excited to see where the path will lead. The new structure is noticeable and I am particularly interested in the young art, because the newcomers in particular bring welcome excitement and life to the fair. I see a real awakening here!"

Overwhelming response to new format re:discover

"re:discover" - a format that makes artists visible again who quite wrongly do not have the attention of the art market - was very well received. With funding from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) and together with the Federal Association of German Galleries and Art Dealers (BVDG), art KARLSRUHE placed a special emphasis on artists who, despite the high artistic quality of their work, do not receive the attention they deserve. A total of 20 positions could be discovered in the gallery booths. "I am delighted with the re:discover programme," says Imke Valentien from Galerie Imke Valentien. "It's a great idea as a concept for the art market, but also for the artists. And it was an impulse from the BVDG to establish this concept at art KARLSRUHE."

Close ties with the regional economy and urban society

Numerous players from business and culture used the inspiring setting of the fair to network and exchange ideas. "More companies, networks, institutions and associations than ever before used the prestige of art KARLSRUHE this year as a showcase for meetings with their customers, partners and members," says Britta Wirtz. "We are of course delighted to welcome all regional and national players from the business world who choose our fair for their receptions and get-togethers."

With its important cultural institutions, a lively art scene and as a "UNESCO City of Media Arts", the fan-shaped city is predestined to make art KARLSRUHE a tangible part of city life. This took shape, for example, in project spaces and off-spaces with a sophisticated programme entitled "Kunstrauschen", where experiential spaces opened up for those interested in the art scene. "art KARLSRUHE is a testament to artistic roots in the city and region," says Olga Blass. "Together with the stakeholders of the art scene, we have realised new beginnings that will experience real development in the future." This offer was optimally reflected by the highlight "Forum Karlsruhe" in Hall 3, where a symbiosis of partnership was created that placed Karlsruhe's brand essence, media art, at the centre. In addition to works from the archive of the Centre for Art and Media (ZKM), the next generation of media artists from the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG) presented themselves for the first time with four of their own works and the scenographic design of the space.

The next art KARLSRUHE will take place from 20 to 23 February 2025.

The Loth sculpture prize sponsored by L-Bank goes to Andreas Blank and the Art Affair gallery

This year's Loth Prize for Sculpture has been awarded to the Art Affair gallery in Regensburg and its artist Andreas Blank. The prize, worth €20,000 and supported by L-Bank, was awarded for the first time in 2018. It rewards both a sculptor and the gallery that presents him or her at one of the 21 KARLSRUHE art sculpture locations.

The jury justified its decision as follows: "Here is a sculptor at work who places us at the heart of his artistic conception of our real world and its social conditions. Where does the irony lead the viewer, the consumer of these tableaux of thought, into a thought-provoking learning process?"

Galerie Art Affair / Andreas Blank
Galerie Art Affair / Andreas Blank Credit: Carlotta Roob

Blank takes his inspiration from everyday objects: heavy leather boots, shirts neatly folded into large briefcases, and even detergent bottles. Unexpectedly, however, they are as cumbersome and impractical as they are heavy, because they are not made of leather, fabric or plastic, but of marble, alabaster and porphyry. In this way, Andreas Blank is perfectly in tune with the art of trompe l'oeil, which was mastered in the Baroque period, but which today's artists are happy to take up again. In the jury's motivation, we read: "Blank's objects are both 'precious stones' and stumbling blocks. Thanks to the artist's intellectual and practical intervention, the tension between nature/stone and culture/object has given rise to objects that he combines with sculptures to form a convincing installation".

Andreas Blank, born in 1976 in Ansbach, studied at the Karlsruher Kunstakademie and the HBK Hamburg, as well as at the Royal College of Art in London. He has been exhibiting internationally since 2012 and has received numerous awards. He was awarded a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes in 2005 and 2008, and was last honoured by the Kunstfonds Bonn foundation in 2022.

Hans Platschek Prize for Art and Writing awarded to Paula Doepfner

On the opening Thursday, the Hans Platschek Prize was awarded to Paula Doepfner. The laudator was Marion Ackermann, General Director of the National Art Collections in Dresden, who had nominated the artist on behalf of the Platschek Foundation. Rebecca Horn's pupil, who lives and works in Berlin, is "impressively up-to-date". Her writing is filigree and linear, yet extraordinarily serious, influenced by the literary work of writers such as Robert Musil and Paul Celan.

The 16th Karlsruhe Art Prize goes to Carlo Krone and Galerie Fuchs

The 16th Karlsruhe art prize, awarded for the first time at the opening ceremony, was awarded this year to the artist Carlo Krone and the Thomas Fuchs gallery. The €15,000 prize is awarded jointly by the Land of Baden-Württemberg and the city, and is used to purchase works from the artist's One Artist Show presented by the gallery. This year, 79 One Artist Shows will be presented at the fair. The work(s) purchased will join the art KARLSRUHE collection of the Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe.

Carlo Krone, represented by Thomas Fuchs Gallery in Stuttgart, has been studying with Professor Thomas Bechinger at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart since 2019. In his paintings, he takes everyday life as his theme, but twists it with a healthy dose of artistic freedom to give it the character of archetypes of our times.

Successful start: art KARLSRUHE opens with a new concept

Much is new, some things are different, but the tried and tested has remained: This year's art KARLSRUHE welcomed art lovers to the light-flooded halls of the trade fair centre with a successful opening ceremony. The highlight of the opening was the presentation of the 16th art KARLSRUHE Prize, which honours a gallerist and artist of a one-artist show in a double pack and was awarded for the first time during the opening. Galerie Thomas Fuchs and its artist Carlo Krone are honouring a promising young artist from Stuttgart, whose paintings focus on everyday life, alienating it visually and in terms of content, yet evoking an almost nostalgic familiarity in their recognisability. The prize money of 15,000 euros will be used to purchase works from the presentation shown at the fair, which will become part of the art KARLSRUHE Collection at the Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe.

Gallery owner Thomas Fuchs is not only delighted about being honoured with the art KARLSRUHE prize, but also about an all-round successful start to the fair. "By the end of yesterday's preview day, we had already sold several works - including an impressive 16 paintings from our award-winning one-artist show with Carlo Krone," says Fuchs.

His gallery colleagues were also enthusiastic about the successful preview day on Wednesday and praised the revised concepts and the restructuring of the halls. The sculpture spaces enclosed in this scheme and the upgrading of the perimeters with the sculpture spots also ensured very relaxed visitors, who strolled through the aisles, admired art and made their first purchases, but also found time to chat. "We really enjoyed the preview day, as we had successful deals and felt this unique spirit here," says Andreas Herrmann, owner of Mianki.Gallery from Berlin. "It was important for all of us to see the direction in which art KARLSRUHE is developing, especially in terms of its future viability. That's why the consistently positive feedback and the incredibly high quality fulfil us with great pleasure. Our guests thank us for the invitation and they really enjoy walking through the fair. We are thrilled by this response, which shows an intensity that we have rarely experienced. We now hope that we can build on today's success and that the mood of today will continue in the coming days."

New dual leadership concept impresses gallery owners and visitors

Over the past nine months, the new dual leadership of project manager Olga Blaß and art KARLSRUHE advisory board chairman Kristian Jarmuschek have set themselves the goal of further developing the concept of art KARLSRUHE without losing sight of its strengths. Thus, the galleries cover 120 years of art history from classical modernism to contemporary art and also give sculpture the attention it deserves. With a new hall structure and a customised selection of exhibiting galleries, newer concepts are also implemented. Young art in particular will find space here: "The common goal with our galleries is and remains to constantly develop art KARLSRUHE further and to give everyone with a passion for art access to the art world," says fair director Britta Wirtz. "With both our established and new formats, we promote art education and offer galleries from all over the world a valuable platform on which a broad spectrum of 120 years of art is presented. This enables us to appeal to both experienced collectors and newcomers to the art market." One of these new formats is the Academy Square in the dm-arena. Here, curated by Monopol editor-in-chief Elke Buhr, a total of 14 promising graduates from the Karlsruhe and Stuttgart art academies and the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design will be shown.

Numerous new galleries have been acquired for the new formats, many of which are looking forward to the friendly exchange with national and international colleagues. Nadja Thiel from Galerie Cosar says: "This is our first time here in Karlsruhe and we feel very comfortable at our location. We have known and appreciated Galerie Meyer Riegger for a long time and are delighted about this neighbourhood." The newly introduced "Friends" format also contributes to these connections, as young galleries can present themselves at the stand of an established gallery. A total of seven gallery owners have taken advantage of this opportunity to offer a platform to often very young artists. Two galleries from Karlsruhe are also taking part in this way: Michael Oess is offering the Spanish Pigment Gallery an exhibition space, which is also being used by the young Spanish sculptor Juan Miguel Quinon with his ice "sculptures" made using traditional craft techniques.

A city characterised by art

With its numerous cultural institutions, Karlsruhe's reputation as a city of art and culture has always preceded it. "Once again this year, the fan-shaped city is honouring its reputation as a city of art and culture with art KARLSRUHE - far beyond the regional borders," says Britta Wirtz. "As the first and so far only German city to bear the title "UNESCO City of Media Arts", it goes without saying that the whole of Karlsruhe is currently dedicated to art: with numerous committed partners and municipal art and cultural institutions, this year we are interweaving ourselves more than ever with the players in the city and offering a unique insight into the local art scene."

The project spaces and Off Spaces have put together a sophisticated programme especially for art KARLSRUHE under the title "Kunstrauschen", which will be made accessible to all those trade fair visitors who are still in the mood for contemporary art after the exhibition halls close on Friday evening with a trade fair shuttle. This perfectly complements the "Forum Karlsruhe" in Hall 4, where the UNESCO City of Media Arts, the Karlsruhe museums and the two art academies will be presenting themselves.

After art party in the Hallenbau

art KARLSRUHE meets Hallenbau: If you're still in the mood to celebrate after the opening of art KARLSRUHE, you can round off the evening with drinks, snacks and live music in the ZKM foyer in the Hallenbau: After a "Get together" for invited guests of the fair and the institutions at 7 pm, the After art Party will follow from 9 pm with DJ sets by deepthought and Caligo. Admission is free of charge.

art KARLSRUHE begins: Highlights at the fair and in the city

177 galleries, exhibiting museums, institutions, art academies, associations and media as well as partners from the urban environment are eagerly awaiting the opening of art KARLSRUHE tomorrow. The numerous innovations in store for the 21st edition of the fair are already generating lively interest and anticipation among all those involved, as well as a great deal of media attention. The Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe, Britta Wirtz, is also looking forward to the coming days of the fair: "In the past nine months, we have initiated many new things, building on the convincing strengths of art KARLSRUHE. This has been well received by the market. I am particularly proud that we have succeeded in bringing the art fair more into the city. Thanks to the numerous, committed partners, municipal art and cultural institutions, we can offer a broadly diversified programme and additional offers to our out-of-town guests as well as interested parties from the region."

Opening and awarding of the art KARLSRUHE Prize

For the first time, the 16th art KARLSRUHE Prize will be awarded to a One Artist Show dedicated by a gallery to one of its artists during the official opening at 5 pm in the Aktionshalle. The 15,000 euro prize is jointly organised by the state of Baden-Württemberg and the city of Karlsruhe.

New structure in the halls

Conceptual adjustments and a focussing of the fair have led to a new structure in the halls, which offers visitors better orientation.

In future, 120 years of art history will begin at art KARLSRUHE in Hall 1 - entitled "Classical Modernism and Contemporary Art" - where the museum quality of the works shown by the exhibitors can be experienced in particular. Together with the high-calibre post-war modernism in Hall 2 - "Art after 1945 and Contemporary Art" - they will convey a comprehensive impression of the diversity and innovative potential of these eras. Positions of contemporary art are combined in a dialogue. This inspiring interplay is unique in Karlsruhe.

The spatial arrangement of the halls is followed by Hall 3 - "Artication" - in which art and education are combined. Here you will find the new "Paper Square" format (a further development of the special show Printmaking) for works with the artistic medium of paper. Under the title "Nature - Beauty and Destruction", LBBW is presenting parts of its art collection as part of this year's special exhibition. The "Academy Square", supported by LBBW and curated by Elke Buhr (editor-in-chief of Monopol), offers current graduates of Baden-Württemberg art academies a new platform at the fair. In addition to the Forum Karlsruhe, a large number of cultural institutions, art academies and art associations from the region and beyond will be presenting themselves in the hall.

The dm-arena, Hall 4 in the counting sequence, is entitled "Discover". It is dedicated to contemporary art.

re:discover - Strengthening female artists in the market and unjustly forgotten artistic positions

In cooperation with the Bundesverband Deutscher Galerien und Kunsthändler e.V. (BVDG) and with the support of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM), the upcoming art KARLSRUHE is placing a special emphasis on artists who, despite the high artistic quality of their work, do not (yet) receive the attention they deserve. With the new format re:discover, more space will be given to the current and art-historical significance of artists. Galleries participating in the programme will receive 25 square metres free of charge for the presentation of an artist. This year, a total of 20 positions will be rediscovered in the gallery booths through re:discover. The ARTIMA art meeting on 23 and 24 February is dedicated to the topic of re:discover, such as "How to keep artistic heritage alive in a museum context" or "How to deal with estates: What happens after the death of artists to those works that are not purchased by museums or collections?"

Talks on art

In addition to the ARTIMA art meeting on Thursday, 22 February and Friday, 23 February, there will be the SWR Kultur Messetalk every day. For example, the painter Mona Ardeleanu will be talking to presenter Dietrich Brants on Thursday 22 February about her work, which often reproduces patterns from Delft porcelain in the form of textile fabric. Everything in her paintings appears realistic; but none of it is. On Friday, 23 February, Dietrich Brants will be talking to Munich gallery owner Renate Bender, whose gallery programme ensures that Concrete Art remains contemporary art.

And on Saturday, 24 February, and Sunday, 25 February, the LBBW Talks will take place in cooperation with the magazine MONOPOL and the MONOPOL Talks. Among others, Silke Hohmann from MONOPOL will be talking to the artist Julius vom Bismarck, whose works can also be seen in the special LBBW exhibition on site, and the artist duo Super Vivaz, whose works will be shown at Academay Square. On Sunday, the traditional fair summary will be held for the first time with the new management duo Olga Blaß and Kristian Jarmuschek.

Sculpture spots bring even more "large-format" works into the halls

Since the first edition, art KARSLRUHE has been characterised by its expansive sculpture spots. Supported by the Vollack Group, numerous outdoor sculptures can be experienced in the sculpture garden (atrium). New additions are the sculpture spots, also supported by the Vollack Group, which provide space for viewing 23 three-dimensional works in the visitor walkway and in the action hall. The special commitment to sculpture is also reflected in the fifth presentation of the Loth Sculpture Prize with partner L-Bank.

For example, Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt, will be there with Alejandro Monge's sculpture "SHIBUYA 2" from 2023 and Galerie Chiefs & Spirits, London, with the sculpture "The Space Between" by artist Piet Warffemius from 2022. Galerie ARTAFFAIR, Regensburg, is also bringing along a work for a sculpture spot: the bronze "Atlas" by Markus Lüpertz.

Karlsruhe Forum

Art, culture, media art and creativity will once again enter into a symbiotic partnership and merge during art KARLSRUHE into a marketplace of artistic creation under the label "Forum Karlsruhe" in Hall 3. Media art is the focus of the Forum as one of the brand cores of Karlsruhe, the UNESCO City of Media Arts. In addition to works from the archive of the Centre for Art and Media (ZKM), the next generation of media artists from the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG) will be presenting four of their own works and the scenographic design of the space for the first time.

From party to project space

During art KARLSRUHE, the cultural scene in the city also really gets going. So it doesn't have to end when the fair closes.

artini is the name of the temporary bar that opens daily from 5 p.m. to midnight at Kaiserstrasse 120, where people talk about art and the art business, art from various networks is exhibited and changing DJs perform sets.

On 22 February there will be a party in the foyer of the ZKM in the Hallenbau on Lorenzstraße. It starts at 9.00 pm and the dancing goes on until 1.00 am. Admission is free.

The long night of project spaces on Friday 23 February from 7.00 pm to 11.00 pm will be presented under the heading "Kunstrauschen". Following the exhibition programme, visitors can explore the city and the local art scene away from established galleries. Karlsruhe has an incredible wealth of project spaces and off-spaces that have been an important part of the city's cultural life for decades. Whether studios or rooms in private flats, backyards or large halls - art takes place in every conceivable corner of Karlsruhe. These spaces, often run by artists, are places of self-determined artistic activity and experimentation that offer a unique insight into the work of contemporary Karlsruhe artists.

Parallel to art KARLSRUHE, around 15 of these project spaces will open their doors simultaneously for one evening for the first time this year, offering the chance to discover the sometimes hidden spaces in a relaxed atmosphere and get to know the artists personally. A shuttle bus connects the fair with the project spaces and offspaces. Further information is available at

The official after-art party will take place on Saturday 24 February at P8 in Schauenburgstraße. An international DJ line-up featuring Acid Pauli, Anna Schreit and Shahrokh Dini will provide the basis for a perfect evening. Artist Dominik Rinnhofer will provide the visuals.

Credit: Alejandro Monges Skulptur "SHIBUYA 2” Concrete, fiberglass, resine and pigments 2023, Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt

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!!
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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).