Messepl. 1
Köln, Germany
26-29 April 2017

ART COLOGNE is opening its doors to the international art world from 26 to 29 April 2017. As one of this year’s many highlights, visitors will encounter a site-specific art installation by German artist Michael Riedel in the entrance hall of the fair.

With this year’s very first artist commission, Michael Riedel has chosen to scrutinise aspects of the art fair and the art market. The installation titled “L” takes it’s inspiration both from booth architecture and the hidden mechanics behind ART COLOGNE. Riedel has created a pattern text based on a transcription of one of the ‎selection meetings for galleries of the fair, which concerned the approval or rejection of galleries applying to ART COLOGNE 2017.

The approximately three-hour-long recording resulted in a 29-page document with a total of 53,689 characters, in which the letter L appears 1,894 times. With the resulting “L” installation, Riedel presents an objective new visibility in which he makes the area of unrealised possibilities visible.

On a floor area of 350 square meters (3,150 square feet), Riedel transforms the communication derived from the art system into complex graphic patterns.

“We are pleased to have been able to realise this special project together with Michael Riedel. In the coming years, we will commission a contemporary artist each year to intervene in the architecture of ART COLOGNE. The goal will be to direct the focus to a strong, large-scale singular statement instead of to several large-format projects”, explains Daniel Hug, director of ART COLOGNE.

For the occasion, a publication, “Muster des Kunstsystems (Patterns of the art system) [Wallpapers]” will also be featured in cooperation with publishing house, Distanz. Assembling patterns from previous projects by Riedel, for example, in the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), the Sprengel Museum (Hannover), the “Kunste zu Text” (Art about text) exhibition in the Schirn (Frankfurt), all provide up-to-date insights into his architectural works, such as the facade design of the Museum der Moderne in Saarbrücken and the roof design of the Cornell Tech University in New York.

Works by Michael Riedel can also be viewed at ART COLOGNE at the David Zwirner (New York, London) and Gabriele Senn (Vienna) booths.


Since 1980 the sponsorship programme of “NEW POSITIONS” at ART COLOGNE provides young artists with the possibility to present their works in a 25 square metre area attached to the stands of their galleries. Financial support is provided by the FederalGovernment Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Bundesverband Deutscher Galerien und Kunsthändler (German association of galleries and art dealers) and the Koelnmesse. For this year’s ART COLOGNE (26-29 April), a jury of experts composed of the artist Christiane Baumgartner, Eva Birkenstock, Director of ‘Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen’, Daniel Völzke, Monopol Magazin, Head of Online, Priska Pasquer, Gallery Priska Pasquer as well as Lukas Minssen, Gallery Utermann selected 20 young artistic positions. The Deutsche Telekom will also confer the ART COLOGNE Award for NEW POSITIONS. The award includes a solo exhibition in the Cologne Artothek and the publishing of a catalogue.

The 20 NEW POSITIONS at ART COLOGNE again offer a wide spectrum of artistic creativity this year: from painting to photography, object art and installation to video and performance. The works of the young artists deal with social phenomena and political developments, (re)-constructed reality, reflect the art business, showsite-related installations and interactions, or critically deal with their own artistic expressive means.


Art Cologne is embracing new possibilities as it welcomes its 51st year. Neumarkt is expected to host some of the most exciting young galleries in the world, while a number of prestigious new participants, such as Gagosian, David Kordansky, Daniel Templon and White Cube, are also coming to Art Cologne for the first time.

While Art Cologne is the longest running modern and contemporary art fair in the world, this year, its focus is on the future, putting contemporary art at centre stage with a new section called Neumarkt. Dedicated to galleries aged ten years or younger, Neumarkt addresses the needs of emerging galleries, offering them the possibility of three different sized stands and the option to focus on just one solo artist presentation. The format is also really interesting because instead of traditionally rigid format, the entire section will be more organically designed to encompass works of many different sizes. It offers a unique and cost-effective platform that reduces the overall risk young galleries face.

The debut of Neumarkt welcomes numerous exciting young galleries from around the world, including Roberto Paradise (Puerto Rico) who will be presenting a solo-show with Caroline Wells Chandler, an artist based in New York, known for his colourful, hand-crocheted, gender-blurring figures.

Trailblazing young galleries, such as Temnikova & Kasela from Tallinn and LambdaLambdaLambda from Pristina are also taking part. As the only commercial galleries in Estonia and Pristina respectively, they are creating a unique dialogue with the international art scene at Art Cologne – with LambdaLambdaLambda presenting works by Flaka Haliti who represented Kosovo at the 56th Biennale di Venezia.

Neumarkt further introduces an array of up-and-coming galleries, including Kai Matsumiya from New York, Lars Friedrich from Berlin, Project Native Informant from London and Jenkins Johnson from San Francisco, which is presenting a solo exhibition with Guyanese artist Aubrey Williams.


The FILM COLOGNE section is dedicated to the medium of moving image and was introduced at Art Cologne three years ago. With the special exhibition A Goth Life, this year’s edition of Art Cologne will show a compilation of artwork editions curated by and selected from Daata Editions.

A Goth Life is a selection of artist works that, when compiled together, create a composite tale of our joyously soulless, self-reflective, insular, tension and angst-ridden times. The use of the internet is our guide, confidante, entertainment, mirror, window and general outlet, which has created an alternative social reality, with artists commentating on and providing a contemporary anthropology for this coming of age.

A Goth Life will be playing throughout the days of the art fair on a repeated cycle.

Artists in A Goth Life include: Larry Achiampong, Thora Dolven Balke, David Blandy, Jake Chapman, Jacky Connolly, Keren Cytter, Casey Jane Ellison, Tracey Emin, Ed Fornieles, Leo Gabin, Yung Jake, Rachel Maclean, Jillian Mayer, Takeshi Murata, Rashaad Newsome, Tameka Norris, Hannah Perry, Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings, Scott Reeder, Jacolby Satterwhite, Zadie Xa.