Must-See Art Guide: Cologne

This week's guide features Pierre Soulages, David Reed, Alicia Viebrock, and more.

Joan Hernández Pijuan, Sense titol 180 (1999). Courtesy of Galerie Boisserée, J. & W. Boisserée GmbH.

Are you traveling to Art Cologne 2018? The oldest fair of its kind, Art Cologne has long served as an important gathering of Modern and contemporary art dealers. This year, the event expects to attract over 200 blue-chip and emerging galleries, presenting an important selection of works from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Which is all well and good, but what else is going on in Cologne this week? The answer, you’ll be unsurprised to learn, is a bunch of great gallery shows you won’t want to miss while you’re in town.

You could start at Galerie Boisserée, where you can currently see the lyrical work of Joan Hernández Pijuan. The late Spanish artist brought a unique painterly touch to his 19 drawings, and it’s a rare opportunity to see so many of his works in person at once, so make sure you don’t miss it before the show closes on April 28. Then, you could head to Galerie Julian Sander to see powerful black-and-white photographs by Sean Hemmerle. Taken in the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq in the early 2000s, the series serves as a sobering reminder of the United States’ recent past. Another show that should be on your radar is Pierre Soulages at Galerie Karsten Greve, which represents the 98-year-old painter’s first solo exhibition at his Cologne gallery. Take some time to appreciate his unique approach to his medium, where he builds complex, dimensional surfaces in simple monochrome palettes.

Find artnet’s full list of picks below to see what else is on view at the moment, and have a great Art Cologne week!


Exhibition:Joan Hernández Pijuan: Imatges del silenci – Bilder der Stille
 March 21–April 28, 2018
Galerie Boisserée, J. & W. Boisserée GmbH, Drususgasse 7-11, Cologne, Germany

Alicia Viebrock, Ohne Titel (2017). Courtesy of Galerie Heinz Holtmann.

Exhibition:Alicia Viebrock: Nightfly
 February 25–April 30, 2018
Galerie Heinz Holtmann, Anna-Schneider-Steig 13, Cologne, Germany

“Boy Meets Girl: Danny Fox, Dale Lewis, Bernhard Martin, Gorka Mohamed” installation view. Courtesy of Choi&Lager Gallery.

Exhibition:Boy Meets Girl: Danny Fox, Dale Lewis, Bernhard Martin, Gorka Mohamed
 March 9–May 6, 2018
CHOI&LAGER Gallery, Wormserstrasse 23, Cologne, Germany

Don Dudley, Untitled (1984–1985). Courtesy of Galerie Thomas Zander.

Exhibition:DON DUDLEY: Activated Walls and Recent Works
 February 24–May 19, 2018
Galerie Thomas Zander, Schönhauser Straße 8, Cologne, Germany

Sean Hemmerle, Plumber, Baghdad, Iraq (2003). Courtesy of Galerie Julian Sander.

When:  March 16–May 19, 2018
Galerie Julian Sander, Cäcilienstraße 48, Cologne, Germany

Elger Esser, Dalhunden II (2016). Courtesy of Van der Grinten Galerie.

Exhibition:Elger Esser
 April 13–June 2, 2018
Van der Grinten Galerie, Gertrudenstr 29, Cologne, Germany

“Simon Denny: Games of Decentralized Life.” Courtesy of Galerie Buchholz.

Exhibition:Simon Denny: Games of Decentralized Life
 April 18–June 16, 2018
Galerie Buchholz, Neven-DuMont Straße 17, Cologne, Germany

Pierre Soulages. Courtesy of Galerie Karsten Greve.

Exhibition:Pierre Soulages: Peinture
 April 13–June 23, 2018
Galerie Karsten Greve, Via Maistra 4, Cologne, Germany

“Jeff Cowen: Recent Works” installation view. Courtesy of Michael Werner Kunsthandel.

Exhibition:Jeff Cowen: Recent works
 April 7–June 23, 2018
Michael Werner Kunsthandel, Gertrudenstraße 24-28, Cologne, Germany

Warren Neidich, Wrong Rainbow Paintings (2013–2014). Courtesy of PRISKA PASQUER.

Exhibition:NEUROMACHT: Noise and the Possibility of a Future
 April 14–June 30, 2018
PRISKA PASQUER, Albertusstraße 18, Cologne, Germany

Marc Riboud, Homage a Kertesz Anouk Grinberg (1991). Courtesy of in focus Galerie.

Exhibition:so beautiful
 April 14–July 7, 2018
in focus Galerie, Hauptstraße 114, Cologne, Germany

“David Reed: Recent Paintings.” Courtesy of Galerie Anke Schmidt.

Exhibition:David Reed: Recent Paintings
  April 20–July 20, 2018
Galerie Anke Schmidt, Schönhauser Straße 8, Cologne, Germany


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