Discovery Art Fair Cologne

Save the Date | April 4th – 6th, 2025 | Opening April 3rd, 2025
Friday – Saturday: 11 am to 8 pm | Sunday: 11 am to 6 pm
XPOST in Cologne | Gladbacher Wall 5, 50670 Cologne

From April 3rd to 6th, 2025 we bring young, contemporary art back to the art metropolis of Cologne. The Discovery Art Fair (formerly known as KÖLNER LISTE) is an event designed to inspire and engage, inciting the discovery of new names and artworks. Addressing both new and experienced collectors, the fair showcases a wide spectrum of emerging contemporary art at affordable prices. With an extraordinary selection of local and international galleries, the Discovery Art Fair aims to become one of the most interesting art events to follow as one of the most progressive art fairs in Germany.

Art lovers see the Discovery Art Fair as an ideal extension to Art Cologne, which takes place in the fall. A place where their knowledge of the contemporary scene is broadened and their collecting possibilities expand. Clad in friendly and communicative atmosphere, the organizers invite all visitors to enter the dialogue with artists and gallerists and to connect with the international art community. The stimulating environment of the fair is where many new artistic relationships blossom, and where experienced collectors and first-time buyers can spot and buy original art for their home or office.

The diversity of artistic objects and media is another feature of this art show, ranging from large-scale canvasses to miniature editions. With painting being only one of the mediums present at the Discovery Art Fair, visitors will be presented with works of sculpture, graphic prints, mixed media, installations, photography, video art and urban art.

Along with the variety of art, the quality of works presented is as equally important to the Discovery Art Fair team. Imbued with an abundance of styles and visual expressions, the art that the public will see at the exhibition is carefully selected by the exhibitors especially for this occasion. Many of the artworks that had their debut at the fair found their way into world-renowned art spaces around the world later on.

Spanning across the 4000 sqm of the historic XPOST venue, the fair introduces new art Cologne hasn’t seen before, serving as the hub for all contemporary art enthusiasts. The late 19th-century industrial halls of the locale serve as the perfect setting for the exhibition and its program. In addition to art presentations, the Discovery Art Fair will organize various educational programs for artists and art professionals, as well as workshops and guided tours.

The Discovery Art Fair is more than an art fair in Cologne. It is a place of immersion into the art world, an event to connect with art professionals and dealers and meet artists in person, and a market for some of the most inventive high-quality affordable art.

We at the Discovery Art Fair Cologne look forward to presenting you with another unique art-viewing experience, hoping to encourage your collector’s spirit to act!


    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.
    At the forefront of current developments in the art market, it (the Discovery Art Fair) offers direct access to recently created works.
    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.
    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
    An innovative concept, plenty of space for contemporary, affordable art in the stylish ambience of the historic former post train station XPost in the center of Cologne: This is how the Kölner Liste presents itself.
    It has long since established itself as the satellite fair of Art Cologne: the KÖLNER LISTE.
    Kulturletter Köln
    This is not about name dropping but primarily about artistic positions away from the mainstream. The mix of artists from different generations made the tour around Kölner Liste pleasant.
    Kunstforum International
    If the Kölner Liste did not exist, then one would have to invent it.
    The visitors of the fairs were absolutely thrilled and stated: An all around successful platform for new names and galleries – and young and young at heart art lovers.
    Another trump card is the sympathetic appearance of the team, which stands out beneficially from the autocratic and sometimes arrogant behavior of some fair organizers.
    The Cologne art spring has a new must-see.
    Kulturletter Köln
    In addition to the possibility of exciting discoveries, the fair scores with a highly motivated and always cheerful team, which is pleased to help everyone.
    Joy of the art work as the best dividend: The discovery art fair “Kölner Liste” is a supplement to Art Cologne.
    Kölnische Rundschau
    A visit to this fair of art exploration will certainly lend to new perspectives and insights.
    Following the Berliner Liste tradition, the format in Cologne positions itself as a small, perfectly formed forum for fresh, contemporary art with high collectors‘ potential.