Cologne Fine Art 2015 with more Contemporary objects

André Kirbach, galerist and member of the fair advisory board, comments on the art fair which takes place in November in Cologne

Chair by Ron Arad

Ron Arad, Well Tempered Chair, 1986. Four stainless steel sheets, H 80 x W 98,5 x D 80 cm. Photo Michael Dellefant. Exhibitor Lieblingsstuhl AG, Zurich

In 2015, as a one-off addition to its regular portfolio for a start, the Cologne Fine Art fair will be showcasing contemporary art from Rhineland-based galleries. This is an attempt by Cofa, whose exhibitors have so far mainly displayed fine and applied art dating from classical antiquity to the 20th century, to stand its ground in the shrinking classical art trade sector.

COFA Contemporary: Viola Relle, without title, 2014. Clay, glaze, H 78 cm. Exhibitor Markus Lüttgen, Cologne
COFA Contemporary: Viola Relle, without title, 2014. Clay, glaze, H 78 cm. Exhibitor Markus Lüttgen, Cologne
Tanabe Chikuunsai III, sculpture <em>mirai e no kibô– Hope for the Future</em>. Old bamboo arrows, 41 x 40,5 x 26 cm. Exhibitor  André Kirbach Düsseldorf
Tanabe Chikuunsai III, sculpture mirai e no kibô– Hope for the Future. Old bamboo arrows, 41 x 40,5 x 26 cm. Exhibitor André Kirbach Düsseldorf
Illias Lalaounis, necklace, 1970er. 750 gold, rock crystal, 21 x 12,5 cm. Exhibitor van Kranendonk Duffels, Netherlands
Illias Lalaounis, necklace, 1970er. 750 gold, rock crystal, 21 x 12,5 cm. Exhibitor van Kranendonk Duffels, Netherlands
Gert Weber, <em>ProToto</em>, 1974. Stainless steel, wood, pear tree veneered, H 51 x W 38 x D 68 cm. © VG Bild-Kunst. Exhibitor Galerie MaxWeberSixFriedrich, Munich
Gert Weber, ProToto, 1974. Stainless steel, wood, pear tree veneered, H 51 x W 38 x D 68 cm. © VG Bild-Kunst. Exhibitor Galerie MaxWeberSixFriedrich, Munich

André Kirbach, a Düsseldorf gallerist and a member of the fair advisory board, always likes to participate in the fair with a large booth. In the past few years, thanks to its director Cornelia Zinken, the fair has been developing very encouragingly, says Kirbach. It’s the great atmosphere and aesthetic presentation that draw him to Cofa, which he considers the most appealing fine art fair in Germany at present. “The 2015 event will be particularly good, because I know that some very proficient colleagues will be participating,” he says. For him, it’s not important how much he sells right at the fair because he does most of his business at his gallery in the following year. He attaches much more importance to a well-designed booth that leaves the discerning trade fair visitors with a lasting impression, he says.

Photography by Candida Höfer

Candida Höfer, Ca’ Dolfin Venezia I 2003 photography. © Candida Höfer, Cologne, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015

Text Agata Waleczek

Translation Sabine Goodman

Preview picture: Mary-Audrey Ramirez, Zwei Bullen kämpfen im Fitnesscenter, 2015. Yarn, PU coated viskose/polyester, 75 x 55 cm. Courtesy Martinetz, Köln. COFA Contemporary

Published in ART AUREA 4-2015

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