Opening now… Art Karlsruhe 2020


Kicking off the season of German art fairs, Art Karlsruhe (13-16 February 2020) will be opening the doors of the city’s vast exhibition center for the 17th time since 2004. The fair, which focuses on artistic creation from the 20th century, has stabilized its position in Europe, with over 50,000 visitors to each of the last three editions. Particularly welcoming to both museums and collectors in a very wealthy region of Europe, the city of Karlsruhe was awarded the title of Creative City of the Media Arts by UNESCO in 2019. The fair also enjoys exceptional gallery loyalty, some having been present from the start. Nevertheless, this year some forty first-time exhibitors – mainly from Europe – will be presenting their master works, notably via one of the fair’s flagship concepts… the One-Artist-Show.

One-Artist-Show and Sculpture… at the heart of the fair’s identity

Every year, art KARLSRUHE presents nearly 200 One-Artist-Shows in four of the Center’s exhibition halls. The KARLSRUHE art prize rewards both the work of the selected artist and the artist’s gallery, with a grant of €10,000 awarded by the Baden-Württembergthe Länder and the city of Karlsruhe. The award-winning artist’s works are purchased from the gallery and then transferred to the KARLSRUHE art collection. The 2019 prize was awarded to Myriam HOLME and the Bernhard Knaus Fine Art gallery.

Another key focus of the fair is sculpture. Often difficult to market, this medium has been key to the Karlsruhe fair since the beginning and is now one of its hallmarks. Sponsored by L-Bank and selected by a jury of museum directors, the Loth Sculpture Prize (worth €20,000) will be awarded to a selected artist (and his/her gallery) exhibited in the twenty Sculpture Spaces” scattered throughout the large luminous halls and the “Sculpture Garden” dedicated to 3-dimensional monumental works. The award takes its name from the sculptor Wilhelm LOTH (1920-1993) who taught at the city’s Academy of Fine Arts.

artkarlsruhe_skulptur_joerg_bach_foto_messekarlsruhe_juergenroesner2019 Loth Sculpture Award winner Jörg BACH (1964) © Messe Karlsruhe, Jürgen Rösner

Prints and original editions

Having understood very early on that prints – with their limited editions and their attractive prices – are often at the origins of an art collection, Ewald Karl Schrade, founder of Art Karlsruhe, was determined to make aquatints, lithographs, serigraphs and woodcuts a key offering at the fair. In Hall 1, devoted entirely to this medium, visitors will find the booths of galleries like Art Edition Fils (Düsseldorf) and can discover, for the first time, the works offered by Gallery40NL (Doetinchem, Holland). Works on paper by the most famous German artists will be offered, for example, starting with those of Gerhard RICHTER (1932) (present on six stands). After rocketing in the years 2010-2014, Richter’s market seems to be marking time. He nevertheless remains the fourth best-selling European artist in the world as measured by his annual auction turnover. Gabriele MÜNTER (1877-1962) – the most successful German female artist on the market – also stands out with works presented by four galleries in Hall 3.

munter kettererGabriele Münter, Der blaue Berg

To attract the interest of collectors, and particularly new buyers, the fair hosts a large collection of prints: after offering works from the Würth, Frieder Burda and Peter C. Ruppert collections in 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively, the 2020 edition will be offering 100 prints from the HPH Stiftung collection, “Serigraphs by Great Masters, ‘Ackermann to Vasarely.” Hans-Peter Haas (HPH) is a German printer and specialist in screen printing who has worked for many of the world’s most renowned artists, including Salvador Dali, Max Ernst and various members of the Zero group. The exceptional quality of his screenprints has earned him international recognition, so much so that Heinz Mack said of him: “Hans-Peter Haas is the printer of artists and the artist among printers”.

More info on Art Karlsruhe here.