Art Cologne
Apr 10–Apr 14, 2019
Exhibition view “Archivio Conz at Art Cologne”, Photo by Harald Fleissner
Exhibition view “Archivio Conz at Art Cologne”, Photo by Harald Fleissner

EXHIBITED ARTISTS

Eric Andersen, Thomas Bayrle, George Brecht, Henri Chopin, Philip Corner, Giuseppe Desiato, Sari Dienes, Jean Dupuy, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Esther Ferrer, John Giorno, Geoffry Hendricks, Dick Higgins, Alice Hutchins, Dorothy Iannone, Joe Jones, Allan Kaprow, Milan Knížák, Alison Knowles, Alvin Lucier, Walter Marchetti, Peter Moore, Charlotte Moorman, Serge III Oldenbourg, Nam June Paik, Ben Patterson, Gerhard Rühm, Carolee Schneemann, Daniel Spoerri, Paul Talman, Robert Watts

From April 11 to 14, one of Europe’s most prestigious, oldest and important art fairs will take place: Art Cologne (Kunstmarkt Köln), established in 1967 by Hein Stünke and Rudolf Zwirner. Its current director, Daniel Hug, has said that it is a fair that focuses on progressive art: ‘[…] I like the idea of art being progressive. I think it’s the intention behind modernism and also conceptual art and contemporary art practices.’ This year there will be 176 galleries from 24 countries participating, all of them featuring art scene processes and its notable figures from the mid-20th century onward. A celebrated characteristic of Art Cologne is the fact that along with the so-called blue-chip galleries, newer and less well-known establishments are also strongly represented.

The Italian publisher Francesco Conz worked together closely for more than 30 years with many artists of the avant garde movements of the 20th century, including Fluxus. A special exhibition in the entrance hall of Kölnmesse, Art Cologne this year presents works from the collection of Francesco Conz.

The show features parts of the collection, as well as documents and photographs, including a 40-meter long edition by Eric Anderson. The collection of the Archivio Conz demonstrates the fascination that editions prompted in the artists of the avant garde.