Art Cologne opened this week – and here are some news that caught our attention: Alexandre Singh presents ‘Groundhog Day’ at Sprüth Magers Gallery Berlin London, Birgit Brenner at Eigen & Art manages to provoke at first glance and you can even find the nicest back in the gallery – belonging to Martin Eder, who is currently exhibiting in Berlin.
The Warhus Rittershaus Gallery in Cologne shows the artist Andreas Breunig and his 'Kompressionsmodul' at Nada (a fair within the fair for young art). One could say that 'Kompressionsmodul' (compression module) is an installation / variation about art in a confined space.
Alexandre Singh's work is a blend of comic illustration, moodboard and film script – where the major fascination lies in the eye of the beholder. The installation stretches across the whole space and is sold as a whole. For the purpose of further explanation, here are some pictures of the great installation.
The entrance area of ART COLOGNE 2012 is all about Dieter Roth. His works are 60 m2 Large floors taken from Dieter and Björn Roth's atelier in Bali, Iceland, which were removed by Dieter Roth and transformed into vertical, freestanding objects. Splashes of old colour, glue and other remains of Roth's work progress embalm the floors with the marks of his work and document his art in a very unique way.
Sections such as New Contemporaries (Young Galleries), New Positions (Young Artists) and the detached area with exhibition spaces for the NADA gallery collective (instead of the Open Space), are proof of the fact that the 46th edition of ART COLOGNE emphasises work by new artists.
The NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance) is the 'transatlantic bridge between New York's New Art Dealers Alliance and the oldest art fair in the world', states ART COLOGNE. Although we did expect a bit more, considering the immense media hype leading up to NADA.
Well, that's not really what the opening day of ART COLOGNE is all about. It's a bout seeing and being seen, looking and looking away again, staring even – and as is typical for the people of Cologne: turning a blind eye.
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