Discovery Art Fair Cologne

Save the date | April 12th to 14th, 2019 | Opening: April 11th, 2019
XPOST in Cologne | Gladbacher Wall 5, 50670 Cologne

In parallel with Art Cologne, the hall of XPOST Köln will be filled with contemporary art from April 12th to 14th, 2019. The sixth edition of our Discovery Art Fair (formerly known as KÖLNER LISTE) is designed to inspire and engage, inciting the discovery of new names and artworks. Addressing both new and experienced collectors, the fair will showcase a wide spectrum of emerging contemporary art at affordable prices. With an extraordinary selection of 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, 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, video art and even performance. Notable highlights of the exhibition will be sections dedicated to Photography and Urban Art, each specially curated for the fair.

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 will introduce 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 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
    Hier geht es eben nicht um das Namedropping einer Markenartikelkunst, sondern in erster Linie um künstlerische Positionen abseits des Mainstream. Auch die Durchmischung von Künstlern aus verschiedenen Generationen machte den Messerundgang über die Kölner Liste angenehm.
    Kunstforum International, April 2017
    Würde es die Kölner Liste nicht schon geben, dann müsste man sie erfinden.
    kunst:art, April 2016
    …nach den drei tollen Tagen im Carlswerk ist klar, mit über siebentausend Kunstinteressierten, Sammlern und Multiplikatoren hat sich die Messe, die zeitgleich zur Art Cologne stattfand, als neues Kunstmesseformat im Rheinland etabliert.
    choices, Juni 2016
    Kein Zweifel, die kleine Schwester der Berliner Liste bietet ein inspirierendes Reizgewitter
    Kölner Rundschau, 15.04.2016
    Die Besucher der ersten zwei Messen waren jedenfalls hellauf begeistert und konstatierten: Eine rundum gelungene Plattform für neue Namen und Galerien – und junge und junggebliebene Kunstliebhaber.
    choices, März 2016
    Ein weiterer Trumpf ist das sympathische Auftreten des Teams, das sich vom selbstherrlichen und manchmal auch arroganten Gehabe mancher Messeverantwortlicher wohltuend abhebt.
    kunst:art, 03.04.2016
    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