COLOGNE FINE ART presents a unique style mix of art and design history
A concentrated selection of around 90 international galleries and art dealers from nine countries, including several high quality new exhibitors, invites visitors to the upcoming COLOGNE FINE ART (23 to 26 November) for an encounter with old and non-European art, with antiques, artistic crafts and design, as well as with masterpieces of modern and post-war art. The offering is further enlivened by the integration of contemporary art. Following its theme ‘Discover Art. Discover Design. Discover the Exceptional“, a temporary chamber of curiosities is opening in hall 11.2, in which an inspiring mix of various styles and eras can be experienced.
Art of the Middle Ages, Old Masters and the 19th century
For the Graphische Antiquariat und Kunsthandel H.-G. Braun (Wuppertal), one area of focus is on old maps and veduta; also on offer is the richly coloured bouquet with ladybirds painted by an unknown master in around 1800. The Brenske Gallery (Munich), which is coming with a representation of John the Baptist from the 17th century, and the Galerie Rutz (Düsseldorf), which, among other things, is offering a Russian feast day icon from a private collection in the Rhineland, specialise in icons. Kunsthandel Stefan Decker (Baden-Baden) is bringing Franz Gräßel’s atmospheric genre scene „Am Lieblingsplätzchen“ (At the favourite spot) from the year 1889 with it to Cologne. The Galerie Am Elisengarten (Aachen) is presenting paintings from Armand Jamar.
Dr. Nöth Kunsthandel (Ansbach) has a painting from Otto Modersohn in its offering that originates from a Worpswede private collection; another highlight is Max Liebermann’s study for the painting „Die Kuhhirtin“ (The cowherd). The Helene Bailly Gallery (Paris) starts strong at its Cofa debut with Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s watercolour „Nackte Frau und Mädchen“ (Nude woman and girl), which originates from an Austrian private collection. At the stand of the Galerie Kovacek (Vienna), collectors will be attracted by a „Weiblicher Akt“ (Female nude) by Egon Schiele from the year 1917, which will be shown in the coming year in an exhibition of the Fondation Louis Vuitton Paris. At the stand of Elmar Robert Medieval Art Cologne (Cologne), a Corpus Christi of Swiss pine with the original frame (Tyrolia, around 1480) is among the highlights. A rarity is the miniature painting with a diameter of 6.6 centimetres, which is being offered by Kunsthandel Tom Tavcar (Pforzheim). It shows a harbour view painted in 1780 by Vincenzo Pacé. The eye-catcher at the stand of Floris van Wanroij (Dommelen) is the market-fresh portrait of a young girl painted by Pieter Hermansz Verelst in 1642 in oil on oak. Until recently it was part of an English private collection. The Galerie V. Puch (Oberhaching) has a Saint Anne (around 1520) from Upper Austria/Danube School with an old frame in its offering.
Antiquities and design
Igra Lignum Antiquité (Dompierre/Vaud) has announced a French architect table from Jean-Francois Heurtier, which was produced in around 1800 in Paris. The angle and height of the leather-covered writing surface can be adjusted; the drawer in the middle contains another writing surface that can be pulled out on both sides. Another new exhibitor is the Kunsthandel Dr. Jansen (Mayen), which is offering a secretary of palisander with rosewood and the finest fire-gilt fittings, produced around 1780 in Sweden. These exhibitors of many years, such as Dr. Tilman Roatzsch (Schnaitsee) and Thomas Schmitz-Avila (Bad Breisig), are known and treasured for their select offerings of furniture. Roatzsch offers an oval salon table of cherry tree wood, which was produced in 1820 in Vienna following a design of Josef Danhauser; Schmitz-Avila is bringing a pair of court rococo commodes (Dresden, around 1765) with rich inlaid work with it to Cologne. The Galerie Michael Werner (Märkisch Wilmersdorf, Cologne, New York) presents a French escritoire from Bernard Molitor from the early 19th century.
An absolute rarity is the dining table of the American furniture designer Paul Evans, which is being offered by the Galerie Boccara (Paris). Also conspicuous at their stand is the tapestry of Sonia Delaunay, from around 1970. Guelfucci Gallery (Berlin) is bringing a simple table with red Chinese lacquer produced around 1930 with it to Cologne. The Galerie Hirschmann (Berlin) has a Ponti desk of walnut with brass feet in its offering, which was designed in the 1950’s for the city administration of Forli. Furniture classics from Charles Eames can be found at Kaune Contemporary (Cologne); KK Kiez Kabinett (Berlin) is bringing a pair of armchairs with a black wooden frame and grey upholstery from the 1950s, which is ascribed to the furniture designer of German origin, Vladimir Kagan. The eye-catcher at the stand of the Galerie Marcilhac (Paris) include a sofa and a pair of armchairs (around 1956) from Jules Leleu, which are upholstered with blue silk.
Artistic crafts / Non-European Art / Asian Art
Basedau Fine Arts (Hamburg) specialises in walking sticks from the 17th to the beginning 20th century. This time, a bust of a lady carved from ivory, which crowns a walking stick of ebony as a knob, will draw gazes. A rarity is the travel cutlery to be found at Boettcher & Ofner (Großburgwedel), while other providers with a focus on silver are the Kunsthaus Kende (Tübingen), which is showing a large foot bowl from Georg Jensen, and Dr. K & R. Schepers (Münster), as well as The Old Treasury (Kerkrade). Lovers of old jewellery can look forward to an extensive offering, including at Traute Conrad (Asperg) and at Sabine Füchter (Munich). The Kunsthandel Kolhammer (Vienna) is offering a Tiffany vase of the genre „Jack in the Pulpit“, with iridescent green glass inlays, which are among the most coveted and well-known glasses of Tiffany Studios New York. At the stand of Kunsthaus Nüdling (Fulda), platinum ear clips produced in the 1960s in the USA awaken desires. From Zezschwitz / Weller (Düsseldorf), an Augsburg cup with lid from 1679 is one of the special precious objects. Lovers of carpets are at the correct address with the new exhibitors Krysztof Musial, Galeria aTAK (Warsaw) and Teppichkunst Hirschberg (Cologne). The Galerie Smend (Cologne) attracts attention with a brilliantly colourful Batik portrait produced in 1931 in Central Java.
The segment of Non-European Art is represented by dealers like Patrick and Ondine Mestdagh (Brussels) and the Galerie Simonis (Düsseldorf) as well as Grégory Chesne (Brussels), who is bringing a finely carved, 50 centimetre long, wooden ceremonial spoon with him to Cologne. Simonis is attending with a Tara-Mantsie figure of wood that is filled with magic materials. New exhibitor Kitsune (Brussels) is offering an initiation mask from the Congo. A high-profile provider in the field of Asian Art is Peter Hardt (Radevormwald), who is bringing a bronze Buddha head from Thailand with him. Gottfried Ruetz & Kotobuki (Munich) are experts for Japanese colour woodcuts; Hans Martin Schmitz (Bad Breisig) attracts attention with a large selection of netsuke that is also affordable for young collectors. The highlight of the new exhibitor Theatrum Mundi SRL (Arezzo) is an Egyptian sarcophagus from the period from 750-525 B.C.
Twentieth century art
The Galerie 100 Kubik (Cologne) draws attention at its trade fair debut to Eusebio Sempere, one of the most relevant Spanish artists of Spain in the second half of the 20th century. On offer is the work „Frau mit Mandoline“ (Woman with mandolin) (1949), one of the last figurative works before Sempere turned toward geometric abstraction. New exhibitor 20/21 Modern & Contemporary Art (Munich) offers Alexej von Jawlensky’s painting „Herbstabend“ (Autumn evening) from the year 1917; 401contemporary (Berlin) tempts with works of the Zero artist Adolf Luther, who multiplies the prescribed reality with his kinetic concave mirror objects, and works of the Fluxus pioneer Mary Bauermeister.
The Galerie Judith Andrae (Bonn) concentrates on the Cologne artist Rune Mields in its presentation. The Galerie Klaus Benden (Cologne) is an established address for American Pop Art. Appropriate for the season, this year’s highlights include Andy Warhol’s silkscreen print „Santa Claus“ from the „Myths“ portfolio of 1981. Another provider in the field of Pop Art is Gerald Hartinger Fine Arts GmbH (Vienna), which has announced works of Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann and Andy Warhol. Mario Bermel Fine Arts (Berlin) offers Max Weber’s expressive drawing „Femme cubiste“, which originates from a French private collection. The Galerie Boisserée (Cologne) focuses on Max Ernst. All eight lithographies from the portfolio work „Fiat modes“ will be shown. Also on offer is the graphic series „Oiseaux en péril“, as well as a bronze „Janus“ from the year 1974. Kunsthaus Bühler (Stuttgart) is showing Conrad Herrmann, one of the most consistent representatives of Neo-Impressionism in Germany.
The Galerie Francaise (Munich) impresses with Raoul Dufy’s airy watercolour „Baigneuse et bateaux“ from the year 1930, as well as a „Composition rouge, grise et jaune“ by Serge Poliakoff. Gildens`s Arts Gallery (London) will attract attention with a „Voralpenlandschaft“ (Pre-alpine landscape) by Christian Rohlf’s from the year 1923. Kunsthandel Hagemeier (Frankfurt/Main) is offering a pointillist fish still life from Ivo Hauptmann, the oldest son of Gerhard Hauptmann. André Kirbach (Düsseldorf) focuses on the sculptors Heiner Koch und Friedrich Werthmann at its stand, at which, for example, the installation „Brot, Fisch und Wein“ (Bread, fish and wine) and a „Momento Mori“ will be shown. Zero art is represented by the Galerie Koch (Hanover), which is offering Otto Piene’s „Green Giant“. The Galerie Ludorff (Düsseldorf) is known for museum-quality works, and will be offering a highlight with Emil Nolde’s small-format watercolour „Abendlandschaft, Nordfriesland“ (Evening landscape, North Frisia). Specialist for modern art is also the Galerie Luzán (Berlin), which is bringing Erich Heckel’s gouache „Hafenmole“ (Harbour mole) from the year 1929. Another provider is the Galerie Ostendorff (Münster), which is presenting Conrad Felixmüller’s intensely colourful watercolour „Mittelmeerküste“ (Mediterranean coast).
Galerie Maulberger (Munich) specialises in art after 1945 with a focus on Informalism, which is prominently represented by Karl Otto Götz, Herbert Zangs and others. The MDZ Art Gallery (Knokke) is offering big names of postwar art with Günther Förg and Imi Knoebel. Kunstkontor Doris Möllers (Münster) focuses on the art of the 1920s / 1930s, with a special focus on „New Objectivity“, represented by, for example, Erich Wegner. Georges Braque, Manolo Valdes and Eduardo Chillida are the important names gathered at the stand of the Galerie Raphael (Frankfurt/Main). Thole Rotermund (Hamburg) is offering a special precious object with a postcard painted by Karl Schmidt-Rottluff in 1911. As an outstanding highlight, the gallery is showing a brilliant „Weite Marschlandschaft mit Bauernhöfen“ (Expansive marsh landscape with farms) (approx. 1930/35) on the occasion of the 150th birthday of Emil Nolde.. Another focus of the show is on the work of the „Brücke“ protagonist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, from whom we have, in addition to many other works, a work from the motif series „Hamburger Tänzerinnen“ (Hamburg dancers). Famous artists of the 20th century, such as Otto Dix, Heinrich Zille and Marc Chagall, are also found in the high quality programme of the Galerie Rudolf (Kampen/Sylt).
The Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie (Bielefeld) is bringing a silkscreen print from Julian Schnabel covered in synthetic resin. Galerie Schwarzer (Düsseldorf) offers the grattage „Nature morte“ (1962) from Le Corbusier, as well as a „Blumenstillleben mit Tulpen“ (Flower still life with tulips) from Alexej von Jawlensky. At Setareh (Düsseldorf), a powerful canvas from Emil Schumacher will attract attention to itself; among the rarities are a painting from Victor Vasarely. Sgr a (Cologne) has announced early stone sculptures from Frank Gerritz, which the sculptor guarded like a treasure, and which are now being shown publicly for the first time after 25 years. The Stern Pissaro Gallery (London) will attract attention with Marc Chagall’s gouache „David et Absalom“ and a composition from Auguste Herbin. Stockebrand + Ueckermann (Berlin) has a nail image from Günther Uecker in its programme. Trinity House Paintings (London) will show works of the French Neo-Impressionist Henri Martin and a canvas painting from Jean Dufy.
Highlights of the Galerie Utermann (Dortmund) are the pencil crayon drawing „Legende“ (Legend) from August Macke and the painting „Musus“ from Emil Schumacher. Galerie von Vertes (Zurich) scores points as usual with an exquisite offering. The stars at the stand include Alexej von Jawlensky, Sam Francis and Sigmar Polke, who is represented with a „Farbprobe“ (Colour sample). The Galerie Vintage (Paris) is concentrating on Yayoi Kusama, one of the most important Japanese artists of the postwar period, who achieved international fame with her „Dots“. The Galerie Michael Werner (Cologne) is presenting a mixed technique on paper fresh from the studio of Markus Lüpertz and a collage on wallpaper from Marcel Broodthaers.
Choi & Lager (Cologne) are showing the large installation „The Dance of Death“ of the British artist James Hopkins and images of the half-Korean/half-Spanish artist Helena Parada-Kim, who is influenced by her multicultural background. The focus at Gisela Clement (Bonn) is on abstract paintings of the Cologne artist Peter Tollens; new exhibitor Golestani (Düsseldorf) juxtaposes works fresh from the studio of Siegfried Anzinger with paintings of his master pupil Amadeus Certa, who reveals puzzling scenarios in his works. Kunst & Denker Contemporary (Düsseldorf) is presenting the most important contemporary protagonist of computer-generated art. Galerie Hafenrichter (Nuremberg) is honouring the urban art artist Mr. Brainwash with a solo show. The eye-catcher at the stand of Galerie Mühlfeld & Stohrer (Frankfurt/Main) may be the sculptures of the young wood sculptor Thomas Hildenbrand, which are juxtaposed with paintings by Harald Lange. The Galerie Persiehl & Heine (Hamburg) juxtaposes photographs by Sarah Moon with the animated sculptures of the wood sculptor Lars Zech.