KÖLNER LISTE • The Fair of Contemporary Art Discovery in Cologne. Applications are now open!

April 28th to 30th, 2017 | Opening: April 27th, 2017 | XPOST in Cologne | Gladbacher Wall 5, 50670 Cologne

The 4th Kölner Liste, one of the most popular art fairs in Cologne and beyond, will be held from April 28th to 30th, 2017 at the historical XPOST venue. The Berliner Liste’s Rhineland sister is an innovative gathering point for both makers and connoisseurs of the emerging 21st-century art, distinguished by moderate prices and non-traditional, experimental approaches of young artists. Visitors of the Kölner Liste will have a chance to explore the latest works in painting, graphic arts, drawing, installations, photography, sculpture and even urban art at our splendid venue which consists of more than 3,000 square meters of artspace. From large-scale oil paintings to pocket-sized drawings, there will be something on view for every art lover to discover, enjoy and take home.

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The City of Cologne • Historically Distinguished Art Marketplace

Cologne, along with Berlin, is one of German cities with the most dynamic history when it comes to visual arts. Back in the late sixties, Kunstmarkt Köln was organized in a historical Cologne building called the Gürzenich. This venue was originally an arena for banquets and dances, but it was eventually transformed into a large merchants’ hall. The development of Kunstmarkt Köln had a strong effect on the international art market since it managed to revive the previously barely active art market in West Germany. It is good to know the historical background in order to cherish even more the role of Cologne in Germany’s art scene. In the late 50, Paris was already losing its reputation as the capital of European art thanks to famous Documenta exhibits in Kassel, Germany. Later on, after the arrival of the modern American art, New York became the powerful new capital of art and it is still the very center of the world’s most prominent artistic projects. However, back in Europe, the role of Rhineland and Cologne in particular was growing tremendously important. Cologne has been considered an industrial powerhouse as well as the center of the West German art world for many decades. Its rich and turbulent history is the perfect precondition for any successful art fair and art market project, just like our Kölner Liste. As a satellite exhibition to the Art Cologne, the Kölner Liste is a wholesome extension of Germany’s leading contemporary art market. Galleries and artists are brought together under one roof, where visitors are invited to engage directly with the artists and exchange perspectives on many aspects of the modern art. The recent success of the Kölner Liste speaks for itself: the number of exhibitors almost doubled in 2016 and the 84 exhibitors from 15 countries left a lasting impression on over 7000 art lovers, media critics and influencers. Encouraged by these amazing numbers, for our 2017 Kölner Liste we expect even more international exhibitors and art collectors.

Did you know: The development of Kunstmarkt Köln had a strong effect on the international art fairs since it managed to revive the art scene in West Germany

New Location of the Fair • XPOST in the City Centre

The XPOST venue in the very heart of the city of Cologne will be the new location for the fourth Kölner Liste. The former post office features an impressive fusion of industrial charm, historical structures and modern, minimalist elements. It also provides an ideally large stage of 3,000 square meters, available for showcasing a whole variety of modern artworks including performances. The XPOST venue has a rather interesting history – it was originally built in 1895, but it got completely reconstructed over time and nowadays it features highly polished sandstone, brick walls and light-filled spaces perfect for exhibitions. The entire XPOST Cologne venue consists of four separate sections – atrium, loft, event hall and conference centre, each of them having unique qualities. Nevertheless, what they all have in common is the dynamic interplay between traditional and modern architectural styles, which emphasizes the versatile nature of the Kölner Liste art fair.

Did you know: The XPOST Cologne provides an ideal artspace of 3,000 square meters, available for showcasing modern artworks

Beyond Typical Gallery Exhibitions • The Urban Art Section

The exhibition space will be divided into four themed sections: Galleries, Artists, Photography and the new Urban Art Section. The new section is about to be launched this year, similarly to Urban Art at 2016 Berliner Liste. We consider this innovative section truly important because it represents an open-minded, communicative and non-elitist understanding of art. Also, there many aspiring artists whose main creative direction involves urban and street art and we look forward to accommodating their needs and interests. This rising art form, which includes graffiti and street art, has already reached the big global galleries throughout Europe and the United States and it has established itself successfully within the exhibition halls of the Kölner Liste.

Did you know: Kölner Liste is looking forward to accommodating many young international artists interested in urban and street art

Applications are Open • Apply Now!

Galleries, project groups as well as individual artists are all welcome to apply to our large exhibit at the Kölner Liste 2017, which will be held at the end of April 2017. The selection of participating artists and their artworks will be curated by our highly experienced team whose members have already worked together at the Berliner Liste art fair. Dr. Peter Funken, an art journalist, author and curator will be at the helm of our curation team. The artists exhibiting at our photography section will be selected by Stefan Maria Rother, who is a photographer himself, book author and lecturer, while the gallery owner and street art aficionado Guillaume Trotin will take care of the participants at the new urban art section. To sum up, we’re expecting a large variety of artworks coming our way soon and we’re looking forward to working with the most diverse international galleries and art dealers.

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    Der Kölner Kunstfrühling hat ein neues Must-See.
    Kulturletter Köln, April 2015
    Neben der Möglichkeit spannender Entdeckungen punktet die Messe mit einem hochmotivierten und stets gut gelaunten Team, das jedem gerne weiterhilft.
    Kunnst, August 2015
    Im Mülheimer DOCK.ONE steigt parallel zur Art Cologne (Bild berichtete) die viel aufregendere Parallel-Messe Kölner Liste.
    BILD Köln, 17.4.2015
    Freude am Werk als beste Dividende: Die Entdeckermesse „Kölner Liste“ versteht sich als Ergänzung zur Art Cologne.
    Kölnische Rundschau, 16.4.2015
    We are more than satisfied with the fair, the very good visitor demographics and pleasant atmosphere. We sold five pieces by our emerging artist Constantin Schröder totalling 40,000 euro.
    Gallery owner Dennis Reinhard, Galerie CC&A aus Hamburg, 2014 exhibitor
    A visit to this fair of art exploration will certainly lend to new perspectives and insights.
    Stadtrevue | April 2014
    We are more than satisfied after taking the chance of appearing at a new art exhibition. Thanks to the fair we have sold two large works and got to know new, young collectors.
    Gallery owner Peter Klose, Essen
    Following the Berliner Liste tradition, the Kölner format positions itself as a small, perfectly formed forum for fresh, contemporary art with high collectors‘ potential.
    Stadtzauber | March/April 2014
    There was unbelievable interest in the work of my emerging Romanian artists. Works by Ștefan Radu Crețu and Cristian Raduta have gone tot he hands of serious collectors. We were so impressed by the building, lighting and atmosphere at the KÖLNER LISTE and hope the fair will grow next year.
    Gallery owner Dr. Joana Evers, 418 Contemporary Art Gallery, Bucharest, 2014 exhibitor
    The Kölner Liste is a great opportunity to meet young, fresh artists. From the years of experience in Berlin, it’s a show with much know-how and an exciting location to match.
    kunnst, March/April 2014
    Anyone with a weakness for contemporary art or wanting to extend their collection with interesting new work should drop in to the Kölner Liste.
    Zeitkunst | March 2014
    The fair was amazing. We sold four great pieces. All of them by young collectors, so that we can be sure, that they are embedded in good and rising collections.
    Niki Feijen, Galerie Rembrandt Art, Eindhoven, Aussteller 2014
    The exhibition mood was fantastic. The relaxed atmosphere was very therapeutic for a fair marathon, and the sales paid off. Even on what is usually a difficult Thursday, made good sales.
    Gallery owner Bernhard Ailinger, Kunstraum Ailinger, Potsdam, 2014 exhibitor