Cologne Fine Art & Design offers artistic sparkles in November

With a fine selection of dealers and galleries, the 51st COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN will open its doors in Cologne from 20 to 22 November 2020. The journey through time starts with objects from antiquity and extends to furniture design, from classical to modern, and visual arts and crafts from Europe and beyond. This year’s event takes place at the same time as ART COLOGNE. Together with this German fair for pre-war, modern and contemporary art, it forms a valuable art experience in every respect, with the special presentation ‘Vienna 1900’ taking visitors to the period around the turn of the century.

Cologne Fine Art & Design has become an indispensable event in Cologne’s Cathedral City. Founded in 1970 as the Westdeutsche Kunstmesse, it has a history of more than fifty years and has established itself as the leading fair for art, antiques, applied arts and design in Germany. The beautiful cultural landscape plays an important role in this. “We are in the middle of the Rhineland and thus in a region that is incredibly rich in museums, collections, art dealers and galleries, and above all has many dedicated and enthusiastic collectors and art lovers. We want to enthuse them all with Cologne Fine Art & Design,” says artistic director Daniel Hug.

Vienna around 1900
The organisation of Cologne Fine Art & Design shows that the creative world extends beyond the visual arts alone. The arts and crafts category is at least as richly represented with medieval objects, elegant Rococo antiques as well as silver and jewellery. Archaeological and tribal artifacts are also to be found. Since last year, the importance of 20th-century applied art in particular has also been highlighted at the fair. While 100 years of Bauhaus Design was celebrated with a separate presentation then, this year “Vienna 1900” is in the spotlight. The special exhibition is exclusively devoted to the important era of Art Nouveau and the Wiener Werkstätte, in which artists, craftsmen and architects from Austria changed the perception of art and architecture worldwide. In keeping with tradition, the Zero movement, Fluxus movement, Leipziger Schule and the blistering German Expressionism are also present, which guarantees a unique range. While enjoying a refreshing Kölsch beer and a salty Bretzel you can discover a lot at Cologne Fine Art & Design. Germany has interesting galleries and art dealers who are not present at Dutch fairs.

For both young and old
Seasoned art lovers are served at their fingertips in the Cathedral City: all collection disciplines are offered at a high level, while there is also much to discover for the beginning art buyer. In the newly designed ‘Showroom’, exhibitors showcase special art and objects for a maximum amount of €5,000. Every year, visitors are surprised by the unique range of works on offer which also includes exclusive works by artists of world renown.

Diversity with quality
Both the diversity and the high quality of the pieces on offer are guaranteed by a thorough selection procedure as well as a vetting by museum experts. The stand design is also given due attention. Successfully introduced last year’s prize for the best presentation, will once again encourage participants to put their collection creatively in the spotlight. In this way, the whole spectrum of the fair will be highlighted, with its whole range of qualities, particularities, including the presentations and personal commitment of all exhibitors.

Around Koelnmesse
A stone’s throw away from the international art and antiques fair are numerous museums, architectural highlights, many other cultural sights and cosy city breweries. During a visit to Cologne a stop at Gerhard Richter’s large stained glass window in the partly medieval Cologne Cathedral should not be missed. Right next to the cathedral is the Ludwig Museum. Founded for the collection of the legendary art collectors Peter and Irene Ludwig, the museum owns Europe’s most extensive selection of pop art and the third largest Picasso collection in the world. For lovers of medieval art, the Museum Schnütgen is highly recommended.

20 – 22 November 2020
Koelnmesse / Messeplatz 1
50679 Cologne

Opening hours
20 November: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
21 November: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
22 November: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Preview days
18 November: 12 noon – 8 p.m.
19 November: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Entry tickets are only available online this year. See the website for more information and the ticket shop.

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