The Römisch-Germanisches Museum in Cologne, Germany.
COLOGNE, GERMANY - In the words of Mozart, “we love to be entertained by all possible masters – the ancient and modern.” And it is fitting that at Sotheby’s new offices, located on Mozartstrasse 1 in Cologne, this mix of old and new, so typical of Cologne’s thriving art scene, can be viewed. For two days highlights of London’s Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary sales will be exhibited including works by masters such as Wasilly Kandinsky, Lucio Fontana, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter.
I encounter this dialogue between the past and the present, so crucial in art, repeatedly in Cologne. Art has played a role in the history of this city from the time of the Roman settlements, which can be viewed now along with the world-famous Dionysus mosaic in the Römisch-Germanisches Museum, to the latest contemporary works exhibited each year at Art Cologne, also regarded as the world’s oldest art fair of its kind.
The 48th edition of Art Cologne will open April 10th, 2014.
This juxtaposition of ancient and modern can be seen everywhere: in the skyline of the city, dominated by its splendid Gothic cathedral to the spectacular Kolumba – previously the Diocesan Museum – designed by Peter Zumthor where you can experience two millennia of western culture in a single building. Meanwhile, at the Museum Ludwig you will find the most comprehensive Pop Art collection in Europe, the third largest Picasso collection in the world and an incredible collection of German Expressionism.