16.04.2019

Final Report ART COLOGNE 2019 - New layout, more focused, strong sales

Successful reconception: young and established galleries do well for themselves

Around 57,000 visitors - Good sales in all Segments

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The successful course of the 53rd ART COLOGNE shows that the reconfiguration of the art fair has been just as well-received by the public as by the exhibitors. Around 57,000 visitors, an increase of around three percent in comparison to the previous year, opened themselves enthusiastically to the art presented by 176 galleries from 24 countries. "The strategic decision to reduce the size of the fair and to focus on quality was correct. Exactly like the bringing together of young and established galleries", according to Daniel Hug, Director of ART COLOGNE. The gallery owners, who unanimously evaluated the concentration on two hall levels positively, were also of this opinion. "As a result, the fair is more compact, which improves the atmosphere in the passages", confirms, for example, Florian Berktold, gallery director at Hauser & Wirth. The internationally active gallery was already able to book the sale of five works of the painter Rita Ackermann, to whom it had dedicated a solo presentation, on the opening day. The visitors, including numerous collectors, curators and decision makers from institutions and museums, found a consistently high quality and convincing selection of artists and works in all price segments at ART COLOGNE. Over the entire period of the fair, the galleries reported many sales, and many also anticipate good follow-up business.

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