The Discovery Art Fairs

Taking place annually, our fairs in Berlin and Cologne have confirmed their position as the Discovery Art Fairs for contemporary art. The Discovery Art Fair Frankfurt  was successfully launched in November 2018.

With the objective to present young, fresh art, our fairs aim to excite new target groups for contemporary art by transcending the elitist art fairs and their speculative, often exclusive, pricing policies. We encourage everybody to buy and appreciate art. With a distinct focus on contemporary art production, the Discovery Art Fairs provide a direct insight into new trends and new positions of the art world, frequently introducing new faces to the visitors.

With an open, spontaneous atmosphere, the fairs place a special value on the multilateral discussion and exchange happening between visitors, artists, and gallerists. As a result, the Discovery Art Fairs provide a diversified and unique art experience to the visitors, outside of the conventional museum and gallery scene.

Every year, around 100 international exhibitors take part in each fair, showcasing their program to around 10,000 art lovers and collectors. Their road of art discovery is marked by a special inclusive feature, as artists, galleries and project spaces exhibit next to each other, requiring an equal amount of attention. In such a welcoming, multiform environment, each visitor is inspired to embark on a quest and actually discover a new favorite piece of art at a moderate price.

Art Fairs

Spotlight Positions for Young Emerging Artists – Curated for You

The main goal of the Discovery Art Fairs is to present art as affordable, lively and exciting. Exhibiting the budget friendly and subtly extravagant artworks, the fairs give visitors a chance to explore, meet artists, gallery owners, and other art enthusiasts and go on a journey of discovery. Over the years the fairs evolved, grew and developed, but the main concept has never changed – our mission is to exhibit the latest pieces of contemporary painting, graphic art, illustration, sculpture, new and classical photography, large-scale artworks and small pocket-size editions, and to make art affordable again. The Discovery Art Fairs team is proud to have experienced collectors on board, and to welcome art students from any creative field, first-time visitors, critics, amateurs, and cultural thrill seekers.

Art Fair to Answer Every Art Lover’s Need

The Discovery Art Fair consists out of three main curated segments dedicated to Contemporary Fine Art, Photography, and Urban Art. Barred from the holy halls of fine arts for a long time, in the last years, photography got the appreciation that it deserves. As well as Photography, Urban Art is ready to conquer galleries and art fairs worldwide. The Urban Art Section plays an important role in promoting an open and friendly philosophy of art, where elitism and rigidity do not exist, and where talent mustn’t be disputed based on its origin. Since the exciting graffiti era of the 70’s, street art has been defined and redefined repeatedly, still without a viable solution. Meanwhile, the style evolved continuously, from the tagging to lettering, all the way to large-scale murals, political stencils and spray painting. Inherently tied to the cities, street art is at the foundation of the Urban Art movement, a movement that propagates the ultimate freedom of expression, overcoming the society’s definitions of art and creativity.
By integrating the new and current developments promptly and showing it to a wide public, the fairs document the aspiration to give an up-to-the-minute highlight of the contemporary art.

Photography in Focus

Introduced in 2013 with the 10th edition of the BERLINER LISTE, the Photography Section has proven to be one of the most dynamic and most popular segments of the Discovery Art Fairs. It represented one of the cornerstones of the fair’s evolution, clearing the path for the Urban Art Section to be introduced in 2016.
Curated by an acclaimed author and photographerStefan Maria Rother, the Photography Section brings the most recent achievements in photography to the exhibition, presented both within the individual artists’ booths and gallery stands. Inspired by Berlin, Frankfurt and Cologne, three cities brimming with art, design, fashion and artistic experiments, the section will gather round artists and galleries that best represent the national and international practices in the medium. Carefully selected, the pieces on show will give the observers a special insight into different modes of photography, hopefully inspiring them to discover a piece that suits their collection the best.

Urban Art · Bringing the Message from the Streets

Born in the underground, street art grew up on the subway trains, on factory walls, across stairways, bridges, finally climbing the gallery walls. Perhaps the most democratic of all art movements, street art is unique in the manner in which it communicates with the viewer, whether they may be an ordinary man, a rebel, an explorer or an experienced art collector. Urban Art Section brings together a mix of emerging and experienced artists, groups of connoisseurs and novices and once again demonstrate the importance of this often neglected contemporary art movement. Shining the light onto many different techniques and approaches, curator of the section, director of the OPEN WALLS Gallery, Guillaume Trotin will make a representative selection of the style for the Discover Art Fair rooms. Including both legends of the street scene and new names from the block, the message of the street will echo throughout the fair, encouraging the visitors to add a stencil, collage, drawing, silkscreen or a photograph to their collection. We are aiming to reflect the styles and perspectives each of our locations add to the medium of urban arts. Berlin’s gritty creativity, Cologne’s uniquely joyful approach to life in general and Frankfurt’s contention of old economic truths that coalesce into a tapestry of exciting new art to explore.

Make Yourself Visible · Partner up with Sponsors

The Discovery Art Fairs serve as catalysts in helping upcoming galleries, project spaces and artists enter the field and accelerate their international careers. The Discovery Art Fair team prepares and presents special programs designed for newcomers to the art scene and those who need help and a creative push in form of workshops and consulting. Our professional crew comes to aid sharing lessons and experiences in self-promotion, planning, and marketing. Only in Berlin, there are more than 7000 prominent active artists and a countless number of those who strive to succeed. We are here to provide support and opportunity to those artists, opening new ways of communication and helping them expand their personal networks. Happy to be a stepping stone on their path of development, the Discovery Art Fairs invite all the interested creatives to join our seminar program, specially curated for each fair edition.

Media

    Now, a “discovery art fair” makes you want to buy young contemporary art at – yet – affordable prices. Or in short: art collecting for everyone.
    art kaleidoscope, autumn 2018
    Art should be fun, sensual and sometimes even crazy: If you are looking for the extraordinary, it might be worthwhile to […] visit the new Frankfurt art fair.
    newspaper Frankfurter Neue Presse, November 2018
    The success […] is not only due to the low threshold of the offer, but also to the unique concept: in addition to a classic section with galleries and project rooms, individual artists may also present themselves with their work.
    Handelsblatt, May 2018
    At the forefront of current developments in the art market, it (the Discovery Art Fair) offers direct access to recently created works.
    kunst:art, April 2018
    Unlike the Art Cologne, the Kölner Liste offers the opportunity not only to see exclusive works of art, but also to acquire new art at low prices.
    art magazine Zeitkunst, April 2018
    The hall was crowded. Art hung on art. Cubist photography, three-dimensional wall decorations vis à vis the dark blue cyanotypes, street art not far from Picasso apologists and Basquiat successors. Wonderful. […] The “Kölner Liste” is one of the most successful new exhibitions in the metropolis of the fine arts at the Rhine river. More fair than show, people bought like crazy. Young audience, many gallery owners, self-confident artists.
    Süddeutsche Zeitung, May 2017
    Ein innovatives Konzept, viel Platz für zeitgenössische, bezahlbare Kunst im stilvollen Ambiente des historischen ehemaligen Postbahnhofs XPost in der Kölner Innenstadt: So präsentiert sich die Kölner Liste 2017.
    Kunnst, April 2017
    Sie hat sich längst als Satellitenmesse der Art Cologne etabliert: die KÖLNER LISTE.
    Kulturletter Köln, April 2017
    The quality of an artistic work can not only be derived from its price. Often, young artists, who are not yet established, create extraordinary compositions. The 13th Berlin list presents this works by emerging international artists at affordable prices.
    Der Kunsthandel, September 2016
    Here, art is sold at moderate prices and a place for experiments is available to emerging artists.
    Kulturnews, September 2016
    The organizers proofed to have the right flair to put on a show inviting artists and galleries The focus is clearly on European art, but there are also pieces from Taipei or Los Angeles.
    Sleaze Magazin, September 2016
    Berliner Liste unites galleries and individual artists under one roof, giving them a wonderful opportunity to exhibit their art and share their visions.
    artprice, September 2016
    What distinguishes this fair is the diversity of the art shown; and the continued collaboration with curator Peter Funken not only sucessfully maintains a leitmotiv for the art, but it keeps the Liste’s presentation-footing true to the unique aesthetics of both local Berlin, German, and international art.{…} Discovery truly is the name of the game.
    EXBERLINER, 18.9.2015
    Moderate Preise und aufstrebende junge Künstler machen die Berliner Liste, die zeitgleich zur Berlin Art Week stattfindet, zu einer Entdeckungstour für zeitgenössische Kunst.
    kunnst, Herbst 2015
    Hier bekommen auch weniger etablierte Künstler die Gelegenheit, eine breite Käuferschicht zu finden. Die Chancen für den Kunden, ein Werk zu finden, das eine Preissteigerung erfährt, stehen dabei ebenfalls gut.
    Zeitkunst, 9/2015

Of course we are not doing everything by ourselves. Thanks to our network of industry leading partners and media outlets we are able to put together exactly the type of art fair and trade show we want to visit ourselves.