Already in the 1980s and early ’90s, the German city of Cologne was one of the most prominent contemporary art centers in Europe, if not the world. Because of its numerous galleries and artist run-spaces, the city gained an outstanding reputation. It became a place where local and international artists came to show and sell their works and socialize with fellow creators. These vibrant artist communities, positive social attitudes and great market conditions are still at the very core of Cologne art scene. Thanks to Cologne artists and their continuous efforts to organize various art fairs, exhibitions and creative gatherings, the city of Cologne is still considered a place of extreme self-consciousness and audacity. The KÖLNER LISTE art fair is rooted in this great artistic tradition and it seeks to gather not only aspiring Cologne artists, but also art enthusiasts from all over the world who are looking forward to enjoying rare gems of contemporary art, still unknown to commercial galleries and museums.
Did you know: Vibrant artist communities, positive social attitudes and great market conditions are at the very core of Cologne gallery and exhibition scene
2017 Kölner Liste Art Fair • Haven for Aspiring Artists
The KÖLNER LISTE is a modern, authentic art fair established in 2014 and its primary goal is to gather innovative artists working in various fields, such as painting, sculpture, photography, prints, mixed media, installations, performance and video art. The stylistic and thematic variety of artworks at the KÖLNER LISTE allows for a unique viewing experience for artists, visitors and art dealers. Moreover, this art fair functions as a gathering point for lesser known artists whose artwork are more affordable, but just as creative as some of the big names available at prestigious Cologne galleries. The KÖLNER LISTE is always looking forward to inviting numerous international artists to showcase their splendid pieces. We are also enthusiastic when it comes to collaboration with urban artists, since their non-traditional pieces are becoming widely accepted and cherished in many prestigious galleries across the world. Our enticing historical venue, the XPOST Cologne, can host a large number of most versatile artworks, ranging from small-scale graphic pieces to monumental installations, which will surely please any prospective exhibitor.
We care about the quality of participating artworks as much as their diversity. The staggering 4,000 square meters of our splendid exhibition space will host artworks of the most talent aspiring artists chosen by our three curators – Dr. Peter Funken, Stefan Maria Rother and Guillaume Trotin. Regardless of the style and theme of their pieces, we invite curious national and international artists to apply for our 2017 KÖLNER LISTE, which will be one of a kind experience for art lovers who want to immerse themselves into the world of authentic contemporary artworks.
Early Cologne Artists • Lower-Rhine Art Communities
Long before the establishment of modern art fairs in Germany, such as the KÖLNER LISTE, Cologne was already popular among local artists. In the later middle ages, Cologne was an elegant and wealthy mercantile city favored by both popes and emperors. This is not surprising at all, because it was the largest German city at the time and an important university center. It also had a cosmopolitan population of painters, sculptors, goldsmiths, and knowledgeable art collectors. When it comes to Cologne painters, they were active prevalently in the area of Old Cologne, called the Schildergasse. This geographically important area was the home of famous Cologne School of Painting. The painters belonging to this movement had their workshops in the lower-Rhine region, approximately from 1300 to 1550. Their works were influenced by old French artistic ideals and Eyckian proportions of elongated figures, graceful gestures and sophisticated iconography. The development of the Cologne School of Painting that lasted over two centuries is one of the most important milestones in the history of Lower-Rhine art and it set the grounds for many upcoming artistic endeavors in the city of Cologne and its neighborhood.
Did you know: The area of Old Cologne called Schildergasse was the home of famous Cologne School of Painting, active from 1300 to 1550
The World of Cologne Galleries from the Late 60s to Today
Another important event in the history of Cologne art scene happened in 1967, when Cologne artists Hein Stünke and Rudolf Zwirner established the Kölner Kunstmarkt as a means of breathing new life into the already active West German art market of the late 60s. The Kölner Kunstmarkt, today also known as Art Cologne is the world’s oldest art fair for contemporary art of the 20th and 21st century and thanks to this eminent event the number of artists visiting Cologne has been raising ever since the 70s. Nowadays, Cologne is Germany’s fourth largest city, but when it comes to artistic culture it is comparable to the best art capitals in the world, such as London, Paris and New York City. For art connoisseurs, this German city is at forefront of international art scene, because of its modern galleries and museums known to mix classical and non-traditional styles. In addition to typical galleries showcasing artworks in the realms of painting and photography, Cologne also has artspaces lead by young graphic artists and contemporary sculptors. For those looking for something other than the traditional museum experience, Cologne is certainly the right place to visit.