Cologne: 21.–24.11.2019

COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN 2019: Highlights and programme

Podium discussion on the development of the art market for ancient art

For its 50th edition, COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN is once again bringing an extraordinarily inspiring mixture of art, artistic craftwork and design to the cathedral city. The list of exhibitors includes famous dealers with first class exhibits from a wide range of epochs and styles, many of them are long-term exhibitors, however some of them are returnee exhibitors or newcomers. The special exhibition "Bauhaus original", which is paying tribute to the 100th anniversary of this pioneering movement, especially underlines the fact that design plays a prominent role at this trade fair. A further special event entitled "Utopia of Form" demonstrates the influence of Bauhaus on later designer generations and philosophies, which at the border between design and art, illustrates examples of radical minimalism and new design language. A podium discussion organised in collaboration with the Cologne University Institute of Art History will take a vivid look at the art market for ancient art also from different perspectives.

Collector's items from the exhibitors' collections - a first-ever small selection from a diversified spectrum
The exhibitors of COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN 2019 are relying on quality and uniqueness and are staging their outstanding exhibits accordingly.

Elmar Robert is presenting exquisite sculptures from the Middle Ages at the trade fair, including a crowned saint from the Benario collection. "An absolute highlight," said Robert. The sculpture is dated at around 1270 and is thought to come from the Rhine-Maas region, perhaps even from the Cologne area. It shows a slim silhouette clad in garments from the Middle Ages. The headscarf that frames the tender face is held in place by a crown. The figure that stands just over 1 metre tall is made of poplar wood and is in colour.

The new exhibitor Sebastian Jacobi from meinweiss in Bad Ems is dedicating his stand to the furniture of the Frenchman, Jean-Joseph Chapuis (1765-1864), who could be considered to be the neo-classical predecessor of the modern bentwood furniture by Thonet and which also inspired drafts by Alvar Aalto and Ray Eames.

One of the highlights at the exhibition stand of Gildens Art Gallery, London, is a piece of work by August Macke: "Comedy scene" a watercolour and ink painting from 1911. A further piece of art on which particular attention lies is the oil painting called "The sculptor's atelier", which the German painter and graphic artist, Lesser Ury, created in 1883.

The Ludorff Gallery is excelling once again with pieces of art by selected artists, among others with a drawing by Egon Schiele, "Portrait of a Child (Anton Peschka, jr.)" from 1918 as well as by pieces of work by Lyonel Feinger, Heinz Mack and Karin Kneffel.

"Granddaughter and Nanny in the Kitchen Garden", is the title of an oil painting that Max Liebermann completed in 1923 and which the Stern Pissarro Gallery from London will be exhibiting in Cologne. In addition to other pieces of work, for example by Otto Piene and Christian Rohlfs a rare early painting by Arthur Segal from the year 1930 will also be on display. Co-director David Stern: "This is the third time in succession we are participating at COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN and we are delighted that this trade fair has become a fixed date in our diaries. We strive to present high-quality items and thus inspire both new and established collectors equally."

The Brussels-based gallery Herwig Simons Fine Arts is presenting furniture by the Belgian architect and designer, Alfred Chambon. The ensemble that will be exhibited in Cologne, encompasses a salon table and several armchairs made of different woods decorated with inlays, partly accentuated with metal. The set was created in the 1930s.

Sabine Füchter from Munich knows exactly when a piece of jewellery particularly excels in quality and design. Among others her exhibits include a large diamond brooch in the form of a dragonfly. The naturally yellow, old-cut brilliant diamonds form the body, the wings are finely set with white diamond roses. The eyes are represented by two rubies. The brooch was made in around 1920. Füchter will also be presenting exquisite pieces at COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN from the Art Deco period by Chaume, Paris; Cartier, Paris and Tiffany & Co, New York.

Gallery Vivid from Rotterdam is new to the design sector and will be presenting design icons of the De Stijl movement, among others the gallery is bringing the red and blue chair to Cologne with it. It was designed in 1919 by Gerrit Rietveld and built by G.A. Van de Groenekan for the Verpaalen Villa (Architect Gerrit Rietveld) in Breda (1960-64).

Tribal art from Africa, Oceania and America is the focus of the presentation by Martin Doustar from Brussels, whereas the THK Gallery from Kapstadt is exhibiting contemporary works by artists from South Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Berlin-based gallery, Brutto Gusto, is presenting young ceramic art including work by the Danish artist, Morten Løbner Espersen. Pieces of work by Ritsue Mishima, who is an exceptional phenomenon on the contemporary Venetian glass art scene, will also be on display. Brutto Gusto is showing several of her items that were inspired by nature.

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"Bauhaus original"
Original pieces of work from the Bauhaus era will be exhibited in the special event curated by the collector and gallery owner, Ulrich Fiedler. For instance, the prototype of the "Combination tea pot" designed by Theodor Bogler in 1923. The original model that was style-forming in the tableware section, comprises of simple, stereometrical basic shapes formed by the ceramic body and wicker covered handle. The "B5 chair" by Marcel Breuer is a design icon. The avant-garde theatre producer, Erwin Piscator, was incidentally one of the first people to order a set of these chairs for his apartment. The original is being exhibited in Cologne, made in 1927 by Standard Möbel Lengyel & Co. Berlin from a curved steel tube, put together using curved, hexagonal screws, nickel-plated and covered with green iron yarn. In addition to other pioneering designs the special event will also present photographs, graphics and paintings from the era in collaboration with Derda, Berlin and Berinson, Berlin.

"Utopia of Form"
The special event offers a kaleidoscopic view of the many forms following the Bauhaus period. It is not about documenting a historical timeline here, but rather about associations and surprising encounters with the Bauhaus as a source of inspiration. The special event will be curated by P.C. Neumann.

Podium discussion on the development of the art market for ancient art
To commemorate the 50th edition of COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN, the developments in the world of art over the past 50 years will be reflected with a special focus on the "Ancient Art" sector. The changes on the art market through to the present day will be examined from different angles, at the same time the aim is to look ahead to the future. The podium discussion is being organised in cooperation with the Cologne University Institute of Art History and will take place on Thursday, 21.11.2019 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. in the Congress Saal, Section 1, Congress Centre East at Koelnmesse.

The discussion will be hosted by Jun. Prof. Dr. Nadine Oberste-Hetbleck, University Institute of Art History.

The podium participants are:
• Dr. Maria Galen, Galen Galerie, Greven
• Stefan Kobel | Art market journalist, Berlin/Vienna
• Hans-Martin Schmitz, Hans-Martin Schmitz – Ancient art from Japan and China, Cologne
• Thole Rotermund, Thole Rotermund Kunsthandel, Hamburg & member of the board of the German Association of Galleries and Art Dealers e.V. BVDG
•  Ralph-Andreas Surma, collector
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