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45th ART COLOGNE to feature top galleries

Returning galleries and newcomers from Germany and abroad predominate - NEW CONTEMPORARIES and NEW POSITIONS will once again be major players in the international art market in 2011

When a small group of German gallery owners organized the first Cologne art fair in 1967, they aimed to establish a new art centre - at least temporarily. Their long-term goal was to promote the creation of art in Germany - in other words, young German artists - and to position them in the international art world so as to attract a new group of collectors. As we now know, they achieved all of these goals to an extent they could hardly have imagined back then. When the 45th ART COLOGNE is held from 13th to 17th April 2011, approximately 190 galleries from 24 countries will be using the international art market in Cologne to present a wealth of modern and contemporary art. On hand will be numerous galleries that have exhibited in previous years, as well as major new exhibitors from Germany and abroad, such as Andrew Kreps (New York), TEAM Gallery (New York) and Tomio Koyama (Tokyo). The returning galleries will include Galerie Lelong (Paris/Zurich), Buchmann (Berlin/Lugano), Guido W. Baudach (Berlin), Kewenig (Cologne/Palma de Mallorca), Bernd Klüser (Munich), Produzentengalerie (Hamburg), DEWEER Art Gallery (Otegem), Catherine Bastide (Brussels), Leo Koenig (New York), Fons Welters (Amsterdam) and Hauser & Wirth (London/New York/Zurich). Together with Christian Nagel (Cologne/Berlin/Antwerp) and Sprüth Magers (Berlin/London), they will be exhibiting in the main area of ART COLOGNE and also participating in OPEN SPACE.
Located once again in Hall 11 of Koelnmesse, the approximately 190 international galleries at ART COLOGNE will display works in the categories classical modernism, post-1945 art and contemporary art. In addition to major returning galleries and new exhibitors, ART COLOGNE 2011 will be characterized by exhibitors who have returned to the fair with great success in previous years. They include Annely Juda Fine Art (London), Karsten Greve (Cologne/St. Moritz/Paris), Akira Ikeda (Berlin/New York/Tokyo), Hans Mayer (Düsseldorf), Lahumière (Paris), Nächst St. Stephan (Vienna), Rüdiger Schöttle (Munich), EIGEN+ART (Berlin/Leipzig), Johnen (Berlin), Michael Werner (Berlin/Cologne/New York), Gisela Capitain (Cologne) and Daniel Buchholz (Berlin/Cologne). The important "young" galleries that will be exhibiting in the NEW CONTEMPORARIES and OPEN SPACE areas will include Ancient + Modern (London), Isabella Bortolozzi (Berlin), Foxy Production (New York), Ben Kaufmann (Berlin), Raster (Warsaw), Sommer + Kohl (Berlin), Standard (Oslo), Martin van Zomeren (Amsterdam) and Jocelyn Wolff (Paris).

The promotion of young artists and young galleries has been an important objective of ART COLOGNE for years now. For more than three decades, Koelnmesse's close cooperation with the Federal Association of German Galleries (BVDG) has enabled extraordinary young artists from Germany and abroad to present their works in solo shows to an international public. The successful participants of this promotional program include artists who now have an international following, such as Candida Höfer, Thomas Ruff, Jörg Sasse, Thomas Demand, Elger Esser, Stephan Balkenhol, Günther Förg, Rosemarie Trockel, Andreas Slominski, Mischa Kuball, Gregor Schneider and Neo Rauch, as well as international superstars such as Erwin Wurm, Olafur Eliasson, Tracy Emin, Beat Streuli and Yinka Shonibare. In the NEW POSITIONS area at ART COLOGNE, 25-square-metre sponsorship booths for talented young artists will be located directly next to the stands of the gallery owners who are promoting them. In addition, one of these young artists will be honoured with the AUDI Art Award for NEW POSITIONS. The winner will receive a solo exhibition in the artothek in Cologne and the publication of a catalogue, which will be worth a total of ¤10,000.

For over a decade, ART COLOGNE has also supported young galleries by inviting committed gallery owners to present their respective programmes of future-oriented art trends on 30 square metres in the NEW CONTEMPORARIES area. The galleries will receive additional attention thanks to the MAURICE LACROIX ART AWARD for New Contemporaries, which was first presented in 2010. The winner of this award receives financing for his or her participation in the following year's art fair.

Note for editorial offices:
Images of ART COLOGNE 2010 are available in our online database at (http://www.artcologne.com) in the "Press" section.

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