“Cologne”

Rita Kersting backs up Yilmaz Dziewior at the head of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne

Rita Kersting has been appointed deputy director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, taking up her functions on 1 September. From 2001 to 2006, Kersting was director of the Kunstverein for Rhineland and Westphalia in Düsseldorf, where she co-curated, with Anette Freudenberger, “Zero Gravity”, a group exhibition presenting works by artists, namely including Thea Djordjadze, Martin Boyce, Martin Kippenberger, Isa Genzken, Georg Herold, and Hans-Peter Feldmann. Kersting is a fellow of the MoMA New York and a member of the supervisory board of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Since 2012, she has been the Landeau Family Curator of Contemporary Art at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. “Georges Adéagbo: Africa in Jerusalem” in 2016 and “We the people” in 2015 are amongst the latest exhibitions organised by her. Director of the Museum Ludwig, Yilmaz Dziewior has declared: “With Rita Kersting the Museum Ludwig has gained an extraordinary international expert on contemporary art who is known for her close cooperation with artists as well as her excellent contacts with private and public...

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The gallery Julian Sander is moving to Cologne

The gallery Julian Sander (formerly FEROZ gallery, based in Bonn) is moving on 1 July to 48 Cäcilienstrasse in Cologne. Until 24 June, the gallery is presenting an exhibition titled “Zwischenbilanz – 5 Jahre Bonn”, offering a look back over the gallery’s last five years, presenting works by Aaron Siskind, Adolf Lazi, Alfredo Srur, André Kertész, Andrew Phelps, Aubrey Bodine, August Sander, Chargesheimer, Clark & Joan Worswick, Claude Tolmer, Dr. Richard Neuhauss, Elfriede Stegemeyer, Harold Edgerton, Hiro Matsuoka, Jaroslav Rössler, Jiang Jian, John Cohen, Jory Hull, Josef Sudek, Larry Fink, Lisette Model, Louis Faurer, Marc Erwin Babej, Marcel Broodthaers, Michael Somoroff, Michael Spano, Peter Keetman, Sean Hemmerle and William Christenberry. The exhibition offers a poetic inventory of the gallery’s five years in Bonn since 8 November 2011, the date of the gallery’s first...

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Exhibitors at Art Cologne 2016 Revealed

The Art Cologne fair, which takes place from 14 to 17 April 2016, in Germany, has revealed its list of exhibitors. The section dedicated to contemporary art brings together galleries as famous as Thaddaeux Ropac, Max Hetzler, David Zwirner, Sprüth Magers, Perrotin (Paris), and Sies + Höke (Düsseldorf). New exhibitors specializing in contemporary art will also join Art Cologne in 2016 from galleries as varied as Max Mayer (Düsseldorf), Kate Werble (New York), NANZUKA (Tokyo), Andreas Huber (Vienna), Hezi Cohen (Tel Aviv) and Waldburger Wouters (Brussels). In terms of modern art, the fair hosts exhibitors such as Axel Vervoordt (Antwerp, Hong Kong), Hollis Taggart (New York), Michael Schultz (Berlin) and Montrasio Arte (Milan). Finally, Art Cologne 2016 also collaborates with other galleries such as Proyectos Monclova (Mexico), Jahveri Contemporary (Mumbai), MIER Gallery (Los Angeles), Lokal_30 (Warsaw) and Neon Park...

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Ludwig Museum presenting Joan Mitchell’s exhibition

In partnership with Kunsthaus Bregenz, in Austria, and in close cooperation with the Joan Mitchell Foundation in New York, the Ludwig Museum, in Germany, will be presenting Joan Mitchell’s exhibition “Retrospective. Her Life and Paintings’. The show will start on 14 November 2015 and run until 21 February 2016. The exhibition will focus on the retrospective artist’s painting, ranging from early works from the 1950s to her later work during the final years of her life. The works come from institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, as well as works from private collections which have never been shown in public. Furthermore, a large part of the exhibition is dedicated to the first extensive display of archival materials from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. With film re­cord­ings and pho­to­graphs as well as letters, in­vi­ta­tions, posters, and other ephe­mera, Joan Mitchell’s vi­brant per­so­n­al­i­ty and her vari­ous re­la­tion­ships with artists, au­thors, and other fig­ures from the cul­tu­r­al world of her time are brought to light. Mitchell moved to France in the 1950s and developed her own form of abstract painting in the milieu of the New York School: a poetic style caught between clinical calculation and emotion. These enter into a dialogue that sensually seduces and intellectually stimulates the viewer through her deeply original style of painting in occasionally very large-format works. Mitchell was born in 1925, in Chicago and died in 1992, in Paris. The Joan Mitchell Foundation sustains and celebrates Mitchell’s unique legacy as a leading American Abstract Expressionist...

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Kunsthaus Lempertz has largest spring turnover of any German auction house

The German auction house Kunsthaus Lempertz has released strong figures for the first six months of 2015. Turnover totalled €35.2 million which was the largest of any German auction house. Lempertz’s figures are all the more impressive given the current uncertainties in the German art market due to proposed changes to the country’s heritage protection legislation. It seems that a lot of Lempertz’s success has been due to international expansion; auctions have been held in three different countries in the spring season of this year resulting in a record number of sales. Evidence of Lempertz’s increasing internationalism can be seen in the fact that over half of their buyers came from abroad. Strong art sales were complemented by Lempertz’s annual jewellery sale that took place in Monaco in July, with the prize lot, a Cashmere sapphire, selling for €930,000. Kunsthaus Lempertz is a German auction house with its headquarters in Cologne and offices in Berlin, Brussels and...

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