Friday, September 21, 2007

Art Cologne Palma de Mallorca Debuts

Art Cologne Palma de Mallorca Debuts

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Eduardo Arroyo: Anónimo en España al revés, 2006. Öl auf Leinwand.146 x 140 cm. Galerie: Alvaro Alcazar.

PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN.-The Art Cologne Palma de Mallorca will celebrate its debut in the former Terminal A of the Son Sant Joan airport from 19 to 23 September 2007. This gala event will be a special challenge not only for its organizer, Koelnmesse, but also for its partner in this project, the district administration of the Balearic Islands. The 55 galleries from 14 countries that will be exhibiting at the premiere of the art fair are also busily making their preparations. They've put together an impressive programme that includes some big names and plenty of surprises.

The list of artists whose works will be shown at the ART COLOGNE Palma de Mallorca is international and prestigious. For example, classical modernism will be represented by names such as Max Ernst, Georg Grosz, Erich Heckel, Karl Hofer, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Fernand Léger, André Masson, Emil Nolde and Pablo Picasso. Galerie Hachmeister from Münster will show "La Femme au Livre" (Woman Reading) (1935) and "Boîte à allumettes" (Matchbox) (1963), two works by the French architect Le Corbusier, whose paintings are rarities on the Spanish art market. Henze & Ketterer, from Bern and Basel, is coming to Palma with several oil paintings by George Grosz, including "A Summer Day" from 1940. The Spanish gallery Barbié from Barcelona will focus on the Spanish and German avant-garde of the postwar period and display works by Antoni Tàpies and Willy Baumeister.

A wide selection of well-established and up-and-coming contemporary art will also be on show at the ART COLOGNE Palma de Mallorca, with works by Miquel Barceló, Joseph Beuys, Eduardo Chillida, Tony Cragg, Günther Förg, Douglas Gordon, Damien Hirst, Jörg Immendorff, Anselm Kiefer, Imi Knöbel, Jannis Kounellis, Robert Mapplethorpe, Julian Opie, Nam June Paik, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Dieter Roth, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Manolo Valdés, Franz West, Erwin Wurm and many more. Die Galerie (Frankfurt/Main) will be focusing on the experimental group COBRA, as represented by the artists Karel Appel, Pierre Alechinsky, Corneille and Lucebert. Benden & Klimczak (Cologne/Viersen) will offer Pop Art works, including collages by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein as well as large works in steel by Tom Wesselmann. "We're coming to the ART COLOGNE Palma de Mallorca in order to make new contacts, and we've put together a wonderful selection of works for this premiere," says Rainer Klimczak. Jule Kewenig is also promising visitors a unique experience, thanks to the young artists Sandra Vásquez and Marcelo Viquez, whom she persuaded to carry out a joint project specially for the ART COLOGNE Palma de Mallorca. The precise details of the project are still a secret, but the gallery owner has divulged a few tantalizing facts. "The stand will reflect Marcelo Viquez's brash and freewheeling nature, by contrast to the mystical, almost fairytale drawings of Sandra Vázquez, an artist who identifies herself very strongly with the mythology and hidden truths of the world," says Kewenig. The Ruczicska gallery from Salzburg will be showing light installations by Brigitte Kowanz, such as the neon creation "More Light" from 2007.

Sculpture has long been an underprivileged category on the art market, but that status is now a thing of the past. Visitors interested in sculpture will be able to find many fascinating works at the ART COLOGNE Palma de Mallorca. In addition to the sculpture project displayed in the airport and throughout the city - with works by Manal Mahamid, Marcelo Viquez, Miquel Navarro, Bruno Gironcoli, Robert Schad, Martín y Sicilia, Sebastian Romo, Thomas Möcker, Bernar Venet, Jörg Immendorff and Franz West - numerous gallery owners will be displaying sculptures in the exhibition halls. For example, the Samuelis Baumgarte gallery from Bielefeld will be showcasing several rubber sculptures by Tom Lange and large-format works by Heinz Mack from the years 1993 to 1995. The Altair gallery from Palma de Mallorca will be showing several works by Anthony Caro, and Lars Bohman from Stockholm will present wood sculptures created in 2007 by Stephan Balkenhol. The Löhrl gallery from Mönchengladbach will also display works by this German sculptor as well as by the artist Thomas Virnich, who spends some of his time in Soler and creates works of art using found objects and items from everyday life. The Austrian gallery Mario Mauroner, located in Vienna and Salzburg, will be showing works by Fabrizio Plessi, who is known as the "sculptor of video technology". And the Portuguese gallery Mário Sequeira from Braga will feature the steel sculptures "Lemure" (2005) and "Mercury" (2004) by Franz West, who will also be represented by the Elisabeth and Klaus Thoman gallery from Innsbruck.

Top-calibre photography will also be strongly represented at the ART COLOGNE Palma de Mallorca. The works on display in the former Terminal A of the Son Sant Joan airport are by some of the top names among internationally renowned photographers. Among the undisputed masters of the art are Robert Mapplethorpe, whose works will be shown by Röpke from Cologne/Madrid, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alfred Eisenstaedt and Man Ray, who will be featured by Johannes Faber from Vienna. To give just two examples, Johannes Faber will be showing two classic photographic portraits, "Valeska Gert" and "Kiki de Montparnasse". Mario Sequeira will be presenting works by the Becher apprentice Axel Hütte. Other photographers whose works are in high demand on the art market include Michael Wesely, who is represented by Fahnemann Projects, and the architecture photographer Boris Becker, represented by the Holtmann gallery from Cologne.

As was to be expected, Spanish artists will be strongly represented at the ART COLOGNE Palma de Mallorca, especially because their works are also sold by galleries based in countries outside Spain. Visitors can look forward to seeing works by the Spanish artists Diario Alvarez Basso, Amador, Eduardo Arroyo, Miguel Barceló, Miguel Berrocal, Carmen Calvo, Rafael Canogar, Eduardo Chillida, José Cobo, Salvador Dalí, Gabriel Diaz, Susy Gomez, Luis Gordillo, Pep Guerrero, Fernando Guijar, Victor Mira, Joan Miró, Miquel Mont, Guillem Nadal, Miquel Navarro, Dina Perelló, Pablo Picasso, Joan Hernandez Pijuan, Jaume Plensa, Ana Louísa Ribeiro, Bernardi Roig, Julio Rondo, Oscar Seco, Santiago Serrano, Ferran Garcia Sevilla, José-Maria Sicilia, Susana Solano, Antoni Tàpies, Juan Uslé and Manolo Valdés.

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