Must-See Art Guide: Cologne

This week's guide includes Michael Krebber, Santiago Sierra, Pieter Hugo, and more.

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Peter Behrens, Plakat für Kunst in Handwerk, Industrie und Handel, Architektur (2013). Courtesy of makk, Museum für angewandte Kunst Köln.
Karin Kneffel, o.T. (2001). Courtesy of Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln.
Pieter Hugo, Daniel Richards, Milnerton, from the series 'Kin' (2013). Courtesy of | PRISKA PASQUER.
Julia Bünnagel, Reise um den Tag in 80 Welten. Courtesy of arthothek Köln.
Joan Hernández Pijuan, Núvol blanc- 4 (1999). Courtesy of Galerie Boisserée, J. & W. Boisserée GmbH.
Colin Penno. Courtesy of Berthold Pott.
Studio Nucleo, 'Primitive' - dining chair (2011). Courtesy of gabrielle ammann // gallery.
Andreas Breunig, OnComplete: nonfiction No.2 (2013). Courtesy of Warhus Rittershaus.
Sherrie Levine, African Mask after Walker Evans, 2014. Courtesy of Galerie Jablonka
Michael Krebber, Systemic Relevance. Courtesy of Museum Ludwig.
William Anastasi, Puzzle Puzzle (2015). Courtesy of Thomas Rehbein Galerie.
Kelly Walker. Courtesy of Galerie Gisela Capitain.
Ali Altin, nika schwanger (2014). Courtesy of Galerie Martinetz.
Petrit Halilaj. Courtesy of Kölnischer Kunstverein.
Malte Bruns. Courtesy of Galerie ampersand.
Hubert Kiecol. Ohne Titel (1988). Courtesy of Galerie Christian Lethert.
Danny Lyon, USA. Huntsville, Texas. (1968). Courtesy of Forum für Fotografie.
Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Seroquel (2014). Courtesy of Temporary Gallery.
Santiago Sierra, Eine 250 cm lange Linie, tätowiert auf 6 bezahlte Personen, 1999, Havanna, Cuba (2014). Courtesy of Galerie Thomas Zander.

Today, the world’s oldest and most important art fair for modern and contemporary art of the 20th and 21th centuries is opening its doors to art lovers and specialists. At the 49th edition of Art Cologne, you can view, buy, and discover art. Around 200 international galleries will showcase selected and curated top-quality artworks, such as Aurel Scheibler, LEVY Galerie, and Lullin + Ferrari, just to name a few. The Art Cologne Prize 2015 was given to gallery owner Hans Mayer, a founding member of Kunstmarkt Köln, the precursor to Art Cologne.

During this yearly art fair, a lot of art happenings take place in Germany’s fourth-largest city. The city has more than 40 museums and 110 galleries and art dealers. Many of the museums are world renowned, such as the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum and the Museum Ludwig. The latter annually awards the Wolfgang Hahn Prize around the time of Art Cologne. This year, the prize, named after well-known collector and Cologne native Wolfgang Hahn, was given to artists Michael Krebber and R.H. Quaytman, marking the first time in the award’s 20-year history that two artists were honored at the same time. Parallel to Art Cologne, the second edition of the Kölner Liste, the ‘discovery fair’ for contemporary art, will be held at Mülheimer harbor.

On the occasion of Art Cologne, a number of galleries have special exhibitions. Galerie Thomas Zander presents artworks by the Spanish artist Santiago Sierra in his first solo exhibition, with a four-by-four-by-four-meter black concrete cube, which will be on view in Cologne-Deutz in front of the fair building, opposite the south entrance.

After being one of the 60,000 visitors at Art Cologne, join the thousands of other tourists who climb the 509 steps to the impressive cathedral every year, and visit the home of renowned artists such as Gerhard Richter or Rosemarie Trockel.


Exhibition: Cologne 1914. Metropolis in the West

When: November 22, 2014–April 19, 2015

Where: makk, Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln, An der Rechtschule, Cologne, Germany


Exhibition: Karin Kneffel – Fallstudien, Works on Paper

When: January 16–April 19, 2015

Where: Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln, Neumarkt 18 – 24, Cologne, Germany


Exhibition: Pieter Hugo: Corporeality

When: January 29–April 25, 2015

Where: | PRISKA PASQUER, Albertusstraße 9 – 11, Cologne, Germany


Exhibition: Julia Bünnagel

When: March 5–April 25, 2015

Where: artothek, Am Hof 50, Cologne, Germany


Exhibition: Joan Hernández Pijuan: Gelebte Landschaften. Arbeiten von 1987 bis 2005

When: March 18–April 25, 2015

Where: Galerie Boisserée, J. & W. Boisserée GmbH, Drususgasse 7 – 11, Cologne, Germany


Art Fair: “Art Cologne”

When: April 13–19, 2015

Where: Koelnmesse, Messeplatz 1, Cologne, Germany


Exhibition: COLIN PENNO

When: April 14–May 30, 2015

Where: Berthold Pott, An der Schanz 1 a, Cologne, Germany


Exhibition: Nucleo: Nuove Arti

When: April 14–June 12, 2015

Where: gabrielle ammann // gallery, Teutoburger Straße 27, Cologne, Germany


Exhibition: ANDREAS BREUNIG, Shut Down

When: April 15–May 30, 2015

Where: Warhus Rottershaus, An der Schanz 1 a, Cologne, Germany


Exhibition: Sherrie Levine: African Masks after Walker Evans

When: April 15–June 5, 2015

Where: Jablonka Galerie, Lindenstraße 19, Cologne, Germany


Exhibition: “Wolfgang Hahn Prize 2015”

When: April 15–August 30, 2015

Where: Museum Ludwig, Heinrich-Böll-Platz, Cologne, Germany


Art Fair: “Kölner Liste 2015”

When: April 16–19, 2015

Where: DOCK.ONE, Hafenstraße 1, Cologne, Germany


Exhibition: William Anastasi

When: April 16–May 23, 2015

Where: Thomas Rehbein Galerie, Aachener Straße 5, Cologne, Germany


Exhibition: Kelly Walker

When: April 16–May 23, 2015

Where: Galerie Gisela Capitain, St. Apern Straße 26, Cologne, Germany


Exhibition: HOUSE OF PAIN

When: April 16–May 29, 2015

Where: Galerie Martinetz, Moltkestraße 81, Cologne, Germany


Exhibition: Petrit Halilaj, ABETARE

When: April 16–June 7, 2015

Where: Kölnischer Kunstverein, Hahnenstraße 6, Cologne, Germany


Exhibition: Arno Beck, Malte Bruns and Bas Louter

When: April 17–May 23, 2015

Where: Galerie ampersand, Venloer Straße 24, Cologne, Germany


Exhibition: Hubert Kiecol

When: April 17–May 30, 2015

Where: Galerie Christian Lethert, Antwerpener Straße 4, Cologne, Germany


Exhibition: Danny Lyon, Conversations with the Dead

When: April 17–May 31, 2015

Where: Forum für Fotografie, Schönhauser Straße 8, Cologne, Germany



When: April 17–June 28, 2015

Where: Temporary Gallery, Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Mauritiuswall 35, Cologne, Germany


Exhibition: “Santiago Sierra”

When: April 17–June 6, 2015

Where: Galerie Thomas Zander, Schönhauser Straße 8, Cologne, Germany

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