April 14th, 2014 The very first KÖLNER LISTE finished on Sunday, having greeted several thousands of collectors and art lovers. The fair showcasing young, emerging art was held from April 10th to 13th at the The New Yorker | DOCK.ONE at the Mülheimer Hafen in Cologne. Two thirds of the 36 exhibiting galleries have announced very good sales. Works ranged in price from just 100€ to over 10,500€, with the average sale around 2,400€.
“We are delighted with the fair, it’s excellent visitor structure and a pleasant atmosphere. We sold five pieces by our talented artest Constantin Schröder, amounting to almost 40,000€,” said Dennis Reinhardt from Hamburg’s CC&A gallery. Other gallerists confirmed good sales and were impressed with the organsation of the new fair, including Niki Feijen from Galerie Docter’s Art (Eindhoven, Netherlands) and Bernhard Ailinger (Kunstraum Ailinger, Potsdam, Germany). Dr. Joana Grevers from Bucharest expressed her surprise at the “unbelievable interest” in her emerging Romanian artists. “The works sold by Ștefan Radu Crețu and Cristian Raduta have gone to the hands of serious collectors. We really liked the building, the lighting and the atmosphere at the KÖLNER LISTE and hope it will expand next year.”
Fair director Jörgen Golz also had positive words after the KÖLNER LISTE debut, saying “Launching a sister fair after 10 years of the BERLINER LISTE was both a risk and an opportunity for many of our long-term exhibitors to impress the Rhineland art market. We could have had more visitors, however those there bought more than expected. And the high interest from the exhibitors means next year we will be able to present even more fresh, affordable trends.”
Applications for the second KÖLNER LISTE will open in August 2014 on www.koelner-liste.org
Many of the KÖLNER LISTE exhibitors will also be present at the BERLINER LISTE in Berlin’s Postbahnhof from September 18th to 22nd. Applications are open until June 30th and will be curated by Dr. Peter Funken, as was the fair in Cologne. More information: www.berliner-liste.org.