Originally founded in 1967 by the gallery owners Hein Stünke and Rudolf Zwirner as the 'Kunstmarkt Köln '67', ART COLOGNE is today one of the most important international addresses for exceptional and high quality art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Around 200 leading international galleries from more than 20 countries come together annually and present a broad offering of modern and contemporary works in all price segments and movements by more than 2,000 artists.
ART COLOGNE presents art lovers and collectors with the most varied offering segments, including the GALLERIES section with modern and postwar art and extending to the modern and contemporary art of established galleries. This also includes the NEW POSITIONS section, a sponsorship programme that makes it possible for young artists to present their works in their own promotional booths next to the stands of their gallery owners. In addition to this, with the NEUMARKT section, ART COLOGNE presents the central platform for the "cutting edge art" of young galleries that have existed for no more than ten years. Curated presentations and special projects from galleries of all age classes are also found in the NEUMARKT section.
A supporting programme of exhibition openings and events in museums and institutions throughout the Rhineland, as well as integrated services, pleasant lounges and the best food service round off the trade fair and make ART COLOGNE one of the events of this year in Germany that you shouldn't miss.
ABC-ARTE will feature an exhibition dedicated to Giorgio Griffa and Tomas Rajlich. The aim of the initiative is to follow the parallel trajectories of artists who have been protagonists of the by now historical experiences of Fundamental Painting and Radical Painting through some of their key works, and to elucidate their successive aspects of conceptual and operational projection in Absolute Painting.