Must-See Art Guide: Cologne
This week's guide features Pierre Soulages, David Reed, Alicia Viebrock, and more.
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“
When: March 21–April 28, 2018
Where: Galerie Boisserée, J. & W. Boisserée GmbH, Drususgasse 7-11, Cologne, Germany
Exhibition: “Alicia Viebrock: Nightfly”
When: February 25–April 30, 2018
Where: Galerie Heinz Holtmann, Anna-Schneider-Steig 13, Cologne, Germany
Exhibition: “Boy Meets Girl: Danny Fox, Dale Lewis, Bernhard Martin, Gorka Mohamed”
When: March 9–May 6, 2018
Where: CHOI&LAGER Gallery, Wormserstrasse 23, Cologne, Germany
Exhibition: “SEAN HEMMERLE: THEM”
When: March 16–May 19, 2018
Where: Galerie Julian Sander, Cäcilienstraße 48, Cologne, Germany
Exhibition: “Elger Esser”
When: April 13–June 2, 2018
Where: Van der Grinten Galerie, Gertrudenstr 29, Cologne, Germany
Exhibition: “Pierre Soulages: Peinture”
When: April 13–June 23, 2018
Where: Galerie Karsten Greve, Via Maistra 4, Cologne, Germany
Exhibition: “David Reed: Recent Paintings”
When: April 20–July 20, 2018
Where: Galerie Anke Schmidt, Schönhauser Straße 8, Cologne, Germany
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