Darek Kondefer series of painting art works - red tree, Art Cologne
Darek Kondefer sculpture / installation - children of sodom
Darek Kondefer sculpture / installation - havilah
Darek Kondefer series of painting / installation works - boat
Darek Kondefer series of painting art works - mystical landscapes

darek kondefer (hermit)
selected works

Darek Kondefer series of images art works - go Shopping
Darek Kondefer series of art works - snapshots
Darek Kondefer series of art works - fish
Darek Kondefer series of photographs - about
Darek Kondefer artist's statement

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Art Cologne, originally known as Kölner Kunstmarkt, is an annual art fair that takes place in Cologne, Germany. Established in the year, it holds the distinction of being the world's oldest art fair of its kind. This prestigious event spans six days and gathers galleries from over countries at the Cologne Exhibition Centre, which ranks among the world's largest exhibition venues. Open to the general public, Art Cologne typically attracts approximately visitors.

Art Cologne was a trailblazer as the first art fair designed exclusively for commercial galleries to showcase and sell Modern and Contemporary art. This set it apart from earlier art fairs like the 57th Street Art Fair in Chicago or the Ann Arbor Art Fairs in Michigan, where artists themselves promoted their creations directly to the public on street stands. Art Cologne and subsequent international art fairs provided private galleries with conditions akin to those they experienced in their home countries, offering booths within dedicated buildings that enabled the presentation of high-value art pieces.

The brainchild of gallerists Hein Stünke and Rudolph Zwirner, Kölner Kunstmarkt was founded in an effort to reinvigorate the sluggish market for contemporary art. With Bonn assuming the role of Germany's new capital city, the Rhineland, a robust industrial hub at the heart of Europe, took center stage as the epicenter of West German art. The inaugural Kölner Kunstmarkt took place in the Gürzenich festival hall in the medieval section of the city, with Kunsthalle Köln added as a supplementary venue the following year. This fair played a pivotal role in establishing Cologne as a burgeoning hub for contemporary art. At the edition of Kölner Kunstmarkt, a West German dealer and a West German artist set new records when René Block sold a Joseph Beuys work, later known as "Das Rudel," for DM, marking Beuys as the first West German artist to break the one-hundred-thousand-mark threshold.

In, Art Cologne relocated to its current venue in the Deutz district's trade show halls. On this occasion, it underwent a name change to Internationaler Kunstmarkt (IKM). Between and, the fair alternated between Cologne and Düsseldorf, gradually building its international reputation. The name Art Cologne, as we know it today, was adopted in . In that year, following its acquisition by event organizer Koelnmesse, the number of exhibitors at the fair swelled to .

As the proliferation of art fairs continued, Art Cologne faced increased competition, leading to a decline in exhibitors and collectors in the s. The emergence of Berlin's art scene prompted various efforts, including special events, exhibitions, prizes, and promotional initiatives, in a bid to revitalize the fair, but with limited success. A less appealing shift in venue within the fairgrounds and a change of dates from autumn to spring exacerbated the unease among both the public and industry professionals. In, the fair moved to April from the fall to avoid scheduling conflicts with other events. Despite these adjustments, Art Cologne only attracted, visitors that year, a decrease of, compared to, and a further decline to, visitors in the edition.

In, Art Cologne terminated its sister event on Mallorca after just one edition and appointed Los Angeles gallery owner Daniel Hug, as its new director, as part of a concerted effort to increase attendance and regain the participation of top collectors and dealers.

In, dealers specializing in Modern and post-war art secured their own dedicated floor for the first time. The middle floor featured the fair's contemporary section, showcasing international galleries like David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth, Michael Werner Gallery, and Sprüth Magers. The third floor was dedicated to New Contemporaries, the young galleries, and Collaborations. By, Art Cologne and Nada had concluded the Collaborations segment, with Hug rebranding all of the fair's contemporary art sections as "Neumarkt," named after an alternative Cologne fair in the s.

In, Art Cologne engaged in discussions with abc art berlin contemporary to establish a new fair called Art Berlin.

In 2008, Art Cologne's organizers selected 150 exhibitors, approximately two-thirds of whom were German. By the 2012 edition, German galleries constituted 65% of the 200 international exhibitors. The number of exhibitors has remained relatively stable, with around 200 galleries from 23 countries participating in 2015. In the 2019 edition, the number of exhibitors was reduced to 176.

To cover the basic expenses of a €35,000 stand, gallery owners require sales totaling €200,000.

The ART COLOGNE Ticket Shop is set to launch in the autumn of 2023, offering a seamless admission process for ART COLOGNE in just three easy steps:

1 Ticket Purchase or Redemption

- To get started, please register on the Ticket Shop and either create a new Koelnmesse account or log in using your existing credentials.

- Once logged in, you can either purchase your ticket or redeem your ticket code within the Ticket Shop.

2 Receipt of Your Ticket

- Upon completing your transaction, you will receive your ticket in PDF format along with an order confirmation.

- For your convenience, you can choose to either print your ticket in A4 format or download the PDF file to your mobile device.

3 Access to ART COLOGNE

- With your ticket in hand, whether in printed or digital form, you will be granted access to the ART COLOGNE fairgrounds effortlessly.

Looking for a captivating art experience in Cologne, Germany? Look no further than the Art Hotel Cologne, a haven for art enthusiasts seeking a culturally rich and immersive stay. Situated in the heart of the vibrant city, this unique establishment seamlessly combines hospitality and creativity to offer guests a truly unforgettable experience.

The Art Hotel Cologne prides itself on being more than just a place to rest your head. Each room is meticulously designed to create an atmosphere that inspires and stimulates the artistic senses. From vibrant murals adorning the walls to carefully curated furniture pieces, every aspect of the hotel has been crafted with a deep appreciation for artistry and aesthetics. Whether you're a seasoned art connoisseur or simply someone who appreciates beauty, this hotel is certain to leave a lasting impression.

Once you've had your fill of the hotel's artistic ambiance, venture out into the city to explore the plethora of art museums that Cologne has to offer. With a rich history and a thriving contemporary art scene, it's no wonder Cologne is renowned as a cultural hub in Germany. Some notable museums include the Museum of Applied Art Cologne, where you can marvel at an impressive collection that showcases the intersection of art and design. Additionally, the Discovery Art Fair Cologne presents a fantastic opportunity to discover up-and-coming artists and engage with their thought-provoking works.

Art enthusiasts will feel right at home in Cologne, a city that truly embraces and celebrates artistic expression. Whether you're strolling through the city's picturesque streets or admiring the breathtaking artworks in its museums, Cologne promises an unforgettable and enriching experience for all lovers of art.

So, if you're planning a visit to Cologne, Germany, make sure to book your stay at the Art Hotel Cologne. Immerse yourself in the vibrant art scene the city has to offer and explore the fascinating art museums that will leave you inspired and captivated. Get ready to discover a cultural haven that will awaken your artistic spirit and create lasting memories.

ENGLISH: The Basel-based Galerie Knoell will see parts of its business assumed by Hauser & Wirth, and hire its founder, Carlo Knoell, as a senior director. Art Basel, which stages editions in Switzerland, Hong Kong, Miami Beach, and Paris, has made two major hires for its leadership team: Hayley Romer and Craig Hepburn. Marc Spiegler, the former global director of Art Basel, has joined the board of directors for Superblue. Barbara von Stechow has been a member of the executive committee of the Regional Association of Galleries of Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate since 2002. The Sharjah Art Foundation, which organizes the Sharjah Biennial, revealed the five-person curatorial team: Natasha Ginwala, Amal Khalaf, Zeynep Öz, Alia Swastika, and Megan Tamati-Quennell. The British dealer Stuart Shave open Modern Art gallery in Paris. Art patrons and philanthropists Allison K. and Larry Berg have announced the creation of the A&L Berg Foundation. Ingrid Schaffner Joins Hauser & Wirth as Curatorial Senior Director. The Biedermann Gallery was founded in 1971 by the art historian Dr. Margret Biedermann. Eva Presenhuber launched her namesake gallery in 2003 in Zurich. Team: Andreas Grimm, Katharina Geymüller. Galerie Nordenhake is located in the Lindenstraße in Kreuzberg and in Stockholm. Galerie Nordenhake was founded 1973 by Claes Nordenhake in Malmö. Galerie Daniel Lelong & Co.: President and Managing Director: Jean Frémon, Director: Patrice Cotensin, Associate Director: François Dournes.
GERMAN: Die in Basel ansässige Galerie Knoell wird Teile ihres Geschäfts von Hauser & Wirth übernehmen und ihren Gründer Carlo Knoell als Senior Director einstellen. Die Art Basel, die Ausgaben in der Schweiz, Hongkong, Miami Beach und Paris veranstaltet, hat zwei wichtige Neueinstellungen in ihrem Führungsteam vorgenommen: Hayley Romer und Craig Hepburn. Marc Spiegler, ehemaliger globaler Direktor der Art Basel, ist Mitglied des Verwaltungsrats von Superblue. Seit 2002 ist Barbara von Stechow Mitglied des Vorstandes des Landesverbandes der Galerien in Hessen und Rheinland-Pfalz. Die Sharjah Art Foundation, die die Sharjah Biennale organisiert, gab das fünfköpfige Kuratorenteam bekannt: Natasha Ginwala, Amal Khalaf, Zeynep Öz, Alia Swastika, und Megan Tamati-Quennell. Der britische Kunsthändler Stuart Shave eröffnet eine Galerie für moderne Kunst in Paris. Die Kunstmäzene und Philanthropen Allison K. und Larry Berg haben die Gründung der A&L Berg Foundation angekündigt. Ingrid Schaffner wechselt als Curatorial Senior zu Hauser & Wirth Direktorin. Die Galerie Biedermann wurde 1971 von der Kunsthistorikerin Dr. Margret Biedermann gegründet. Eva Presenhuber launched her namesake gallery in 2003 in Zurich. Team: Andreas Grimm, Katharina Geymüller. Die Galerie Nordenhake befindet sich in der Lindenstraße in Kreuzberg und in Stockholm. Die Galerie Nordenhake wurde 1973 von Claes Nordenhake in Malmö gegründet. Galerie Daniel Lelong & Co: Präsident und Generaldirektor: Jean Frémon, Direktor: Patrice Cotensin, stellvertretender Direktor: François Dournes.

My reflections on art, collectors, marchers and contemporary art auctions

ENGLISH: Collezione Maramotti Names Sara Piccinini as Director. Michael Findlay Named President of Art Dealers Association of America Foundation. Dealer Friedrich Petzel Expands in Chelsea. Katerina Gregos has previously served as founding director and curator of the Deste Foundation’s Centre for Contemporary Art. Arnold Glimcher, known informally as Arne, has become one of the most powerful art dealers in the world
GERMAN: Collezione Maramotti ernennt Sara Piccinini zur Direktorin. Michael Findlay zum Präsidenten der Stiftung der Art Dealers Association of America ernannt. Händler Friedrich Petzel vergrößert sich in Chelsea. Katerina Gregos war zuvor als Gründungsdirektorin und Kuratorin des Zentrums für zeitgenössische Kunst der Deste Foundation tätig. Arnold Glimcher, informell als Arne bekannt, ist zu einem der mächtigsten Kunsthändler der Welt geworden

Sotheby's, record for shredded Banksy

Appreciating through Destruction: Three years ago, Sotheby's auctioned Banksy's painting Girl With Balloon, which was shredded in half by a mechanism built into the frame seconds after the hammer fell. The work has since been called Love is in the Bin and has now been called up again in the same London auction room. Estimated at between £4m and £6m, it fetched around three times the estimate at a hammer price of £16m. That's a record for Banksy — and 16 times the price it fetched before shredding in 2018. At the time, Banksy announced that the sensational shredding action would be a criticism of the art market. But no one plays the keyboard of the high-end auction market with such virtuosity as the British street artist.

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