David Zwirner Gallery at the Art Cologne Preview. PHOTO: COURTESEY OF ART COLOGNE © KOELNMESSE.

COLOGNE, GERMANY - Today Art Cologne, the oldest art fair in the world—known as the “the mother of all art fairs”—opened its gates for the fair preview. An intellectual community of collectors, curators, journalists, museum directors and dealers—and those who are simply art lovers—met to indulge a common passion and discuss modern and contemporary art.

This year the fair runs from 19-22 April and consists of 206 galleries from 25 countries including Germany, the United States, Switzerland, Austria, Great Britain, China, Lebanon, Mexico, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
Art Cologne’s Director Daniel Hug has combined almost all genres and mediums of 20th and 21st-century fine art. As part of his aim to enhance Art Cologne artistically and strategically, he has also invited collector Julia Stoschek to present her collection of video treasures at the entrance of the fair. It looks really amazing.

Galerie Thaddeus Ropac at the Art Cologne Preview. PHOTO: COURTESEY OF ART COLOGNE © KOELNMESSE.

Furthermore, I was impressed by the quality of the works offered by German artists such as Georg Baselitz, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke and especially works by Konrad Klapheck, whose great solo exhibition at Museum Kunstpalast in Dusseldorf will open next week. Last but not least I would like to recommend a visit to NADA (within the fair premises) to discover new and exciting upcoming young international artists.