COLOGNE FINE ART is appreciated by connoisseurs for the quality of its exhibitors and the works offered: the approval of the participating galleries and dealers takes place by way of a strict selection process. The advisory council of the trade fair examines every potential participant with a view to the renown and quality of the offering.
The highest demands in terms of quality, condition and origin are made of the exhibited objects. An independent jury of respected experts examines all objects in every category. In addition to this, COLOGNE FINE ART cooperates with the Art Loss Register, the world's largest database of lost and stolen works of art. The goal is to provide visitors of the trade fair with the greatest sense of security possible, and to allow exhibitors to neutrally confirm the quality of their objects to the customer.
In combination with elegant scenery and a modern atmosphere, COLOGNE FINE ART offers the exhibiting galleries and visitors an atmospheric and high quality environment. In the process, exhibitors are not separated by lines of business, but are instead presented in harmonious contexts of content in order to open up new contexts. Visitors are thus animated to embark on a voyage of discovery, and also to discover outside of their usual area of interest.
COLOGNE FINE ART is a fixed star in the art calendar of the region: it draws an informed, curious and well-funded public. Around 16,000 art lovers come here every year — in addition to the loyal return public, representatives of new collector generations also come every time.
The Rhineland still has one of the highest densities of collections in Europe. In addition to this, the region also attracts many art connoisseurs from throughout Germany and the neighbouring Benelux countries with its active art trade and its high quality museum landscape.
Since the founding of the trade fair in the 1970s, contacts have been maintained with especially important collectors and art lovers. An exceptional programme with exclusive access to exhibitions and events in Cologne and the region is prepared for this special clientele every year. The large number of applications speaks for itself — a concept that works.
With more than 50 years of experience in the organisation of art fairs, Koelnmesse not only possesses the necessary know-how and expertise in the organisation und realisation of the trade fair, but also an understanding of the needs of exhibitors and visitors.
COLOGNE FINE ART takes place on the Cologne fair grounds, right in the city. The trade fair is easy to reach: the fair grounds are located on the motorway and have their own ICE train station right at the door. You can also reach the Cologne city centre in no time.
With the Young Collectors Room, COLOGNE FINE ART has brought a unique space to life: a place for encounters, for information and of course for commerce; one which is explicitly oriented to a new generation of collectors.
Conceived of as a pavilion, all exhibitors of the trade fair are invited to submit objects that fulfil the quality standards of the trade fair, but with prices not exceeding 5,000 Euro. A selection of these objects is presented in a carefully curated interaction in the Young Collectors Room. In combination with daily Art Lunches on various themes revolving around collecting and the art market, a place for mediation at all levels comes into being here.
With a sales ratio of around 50%, the concept speaks for itself, and also offers an additional presentation space for exhibitors that involves no extra costs.
Together with the BVDG, COLOGNE FINE ART has been awarding a widely respected and relevant prize for artists for many years now. The winners of the COLOGNE FINE ART Prize are honoured for their outstanding artistic contributions and are represented at the trade fair with a high quality solo exhibition of their works. The COLOGNE FINE ART Prize was awarded to Karin Kneffel in 2016.
Georg Hornemann, 2017 • Karin Kneffel, 2016 • Candida Höfer, 2015 • Leiko lkemura, 2014 • Jürgen Klauke, 2013 • Tony Cragg, 2012 • Günther Uecker, 2011 • Andreas Schulze, 2010 • Georg Baselitz, 2009 • Katharina Sieverding, 2008 • Gert und Uwe Tobias, 2007 • Dieter Krieg, 2006 • Thomas Schütte, 2005 • Berliner Kupferstichkabinett, 2004 • Jörg Sasse, 2003 • Sigmar Polke, 2002 • Astrid Klein, 2001 • Thomas Bayrle, 2000 • Thomas Huber, 1999 • Dieter Roth, 1998 • Ottmar Hörl, 1997 • Felix Droese, 1996
Would you like to participate in COLOGNE FINE ART with outstanding works and objects? Then please apply —
we will be pleased to hear from you.