ART COLOGNE CELEBRATES IT’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY
ART COLOGNE is the world’s oldest art fair for modern and contemporary art. Held from April 14-17 in the city of Cologne – a cultural center of the Rhineland region and beyond.
The origins of today’s fair go back to 15 September 1967 when Kunstmarkt Köln ’67 was launched in a historic Cologne building – the Gürzenich. Gallerists Hein Stünke and Rudolf Zwirner, founded the project due to the urgency to inject new life to the lackluster faltering post-war art market in West Germany.
Stünke and Zwirner’s initial plans were of a short-term nature. Their main intent was to promote new art produced by young German artists and to introduce them to an international market. Vastly exceeding their expectations, ART COLOGNE grew to play a pivotal role in the expansion of the international art market and highly influenced later art-market developments.
Today’s fair annually invites approximately 200 international galleries to showcase painting, sculpture, photography, prints, multiples, installations, performance and moving image art.
Here are some beautiful vintage photographs from the worlds first modern Art Fair. Image source AnOther magazine.