The International Fair for Modern and Contemporary Art

ART COLOGNE - the International Fair for Modern and Contemporary Art, now in its 41st year - is moving season. Traditionally an autumn event, the Fair has been rescheduled for the spring - from 18 to 22 April 2007. Venue: the Cologne Trade Fair Centre. Planning and preparations for the event are already well advanced and gallerists are putting the finishing touches to their programme. Numerous solo shows are planned and other exhibitions will feature either the gallery's field of specialization or focus on a special theme. An overview of the range and quality of exhibits at this year's ART COLOGNE is given below.

Galleries planning thematic shows include Benden und Klimczak (Cologne), which will be featuring an extensive exhibition of Pop Art. The gallery will also be host to a project by students of art professor and writer Ottmar Hörl. Brussels-based J. Bastien Art will be presenting a solo show of work by Gaston Chaissac and Swiss dealers Galerie Henze & Ketterer (Wichtach/Berne), who specialize in German Expressionism, will be featuring work by George Grosz and artists of Die Brücke - Heckel, Kirchner, Mueller, Nolde, Pechstein and Schmidt-Rottluff. Albert Baumgarten (Freiburg) will be showing work by Regine Schumann and Erhard Witzel (Wiesbaden) work by Dirk Brömmel at a shared stand.

Hachmeister Galerie (Münster) will be hosting a solo show of work by Peter Telljohann and work by gallery artists Tony Cragg, Mark Tobey and Andreas and Karl Schulze. Galleri K (Oslo) will be featuring Candida Höfer's photo series titled Portugal. Koch (Hanover) is staging a show featuring 14 bronzes and 15 works on paper by sculptor Jacques Lipchitz. Van der Coelen (Mainz) will be staging a François Morellet retrospective. In the 'New Contemporaries' section, the young Cologne dealer Christian Lethert will be exploring artistic relationships by contrasting the work of an established painter - Katharina Sieverding (1944) - with photographs by emerging artist Daniel Lergon (1978). Lethert, a Fair newcomer, will also be presenting a new catalogue by Sieverding entitled ENCODE. Rainer Ludorff (Düsseldorf) will be spotlighting work by Christopher Lehmphul. The gallery will also be showcasing important works by Max Ernst, Gabriele Münter, Emil Nolde, Emil Schumacher, Ewald Mataré and Ernst-Wilhelm Nay.

Shows staged by Brigitte March (Stuttgart) and Gimpel Fils (London) will be linked to this year's Venice Biennale. March will be featuring work by the African-American artist Charles Gaines. Gaines has been invited by curator Robert Starr to show in Venice. March will also be showing work by Richard Jackson, Tim Ulrichs, Les Levine and Ulrike Rosenbach. Gimpel Fils will be featuring sculptures by Callum Morton, one of three artists chosen to represent Australia at this year's Biennale. Galerie Remmert + Barth (Düsseldorf) will be hosting a show of paintings, watercolours and prints to mark the centenary of the Berlin Expressionist Walter Gramatté (1897-1929). Edith Rieder (Munich) will be staging a show titled 'Pierre Soulages - Peintre noir' and also showing important works by Jawlensky, Schlemmer, Tàpies and Schumacher. Art Brut specialists Ritsch-Fisch (Strasbourg) will be showing work by A.C.M. (b.1951), an artist featured in a major exhibition titled 'Im Rausch der Kunst - Jean Dubuffet und Art Brut' at the museum kunst palast in Düsseldorf in 2005. The gallery will also be presenting a rare early oil by August Walla. This has not been on public display for over twenty years.

Roeder (New York) will be bringing an early installation by Sol LeWitt, an important display of works by Lawrence Weiner and a group of drawings, monotypes and compositional drafts by minimal artists like Carl André (text) and the composer John Cage (score). Cage is also featured in the ART COLOGNE supporting programme: pianists Susanne Kessel and Helmut Zerlett will be giving a recital titled 'Portrait-Konzert John Cage' on the evening of the ART COLOGNE vernissage (17 April). Galerie Rothamel (Erfurt/Frankfurt am Main) are planning a solo show of video art and photographs by Hans Christian Schink. Galleria Rubin (Milan) will be exhibiting an important 1983 oil by Robert Rauschenberg titled Wall Rites (250 x 250 cm).

Freiburg-based Galerie Springmann will be featuring sculptural objects by Rolf Schroeter and Günther Uecker from their joint multi-media project titled Lichtung (1994-2006). Large-format objects combining video, photography and sculpture (120 x 180 cm) dating from 2001 will be hung alongside small-format works (40 x 60 cm) executed in 2006. Springmann will also be showing classical twentieth-century work - two ink drawings by Pablo Picasso - Les trois Grâces of 1923 and Danseurs of 1926 - and a crayon drawing titled Faun dating from 1956. Galerie Schichtenmaier (Grafenau/Stuttgart) will be bringing a group of works on paper by Henri Michaux dating from the 1950s and 1960s and contrasting paintings by Karl Otto Götz and Hann Trier from the same period. Galerie Terminus (Munich) are mounting a solo show of work by John Chamberlain. Chamberlain celebrates his eightieth birthday on 16 April and is planning to attend the opening of ART COLOGNE.

Galerie Wack (Kaiserslautern) will be staging two solo shows - Dieter Villinger's watercolours and Leo Erb's matter paintings (wood/paint) and crayon drawings. Edith Wahland (Stuttgart) will be presenting newly commissioned work by Günther Uecker. Wahland has taken a close interest in Uecker's visits to China. Markus Winter (Berlin) will be showcasing three artists. First, the British sculptor Clive Barker (b.1940) who is, as Winter says, 'currently staging a comeback'; second, the contemporary abstract artist Sven-Ole Fram. Fram's work will feature in an exhibition titled 'Compilation III' at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf this April to coincide with ART COLOGNE; and third, Alexander Knych - a fair newcomer whose work is being snapped up by private collectors. Art Brut specialist Susanne Zander (Cologne) will be focusing on East European Art Brut artists like the Russian artist Foma Jaremtschuk and the Czech artist Miroslav Tichy. Their work failed to reach art markets in the West during the Cold War era.

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