The art market is beginning to wake up after its summer slumber – ready to announce new names, beat previous records, tease curators and capture the hearts and minds of art collectors. September will see five art fairs, one after the other. The starting pistol will ring out in Berlin on the 13th!
Kristaps Ģelzis. Gallery Māksla XO, Riga
ABC BERLIN & PREVIEW BERLIN 13 – 16 September 2012
This year, Berlin’s PREVIEW BERLIN fair in the historic Tempelhof airport will be held for the eighth time. The fair’s programme offers a breath of fresh air this year, as the extensive gallery review is joined by artists’ solo projects – SOLO WALLS, shows by art students – FOCUS ACADEMY, video art presentations - PREVIEW VIDEO SCREENING, and an experimental exhibition from LEGO blocks – The LEGO® Art Box. Altogether, 57 international galleries, 11 project groups and 8 art academies from 14 countries will be on show at the Berlin fair. This will be the third time at the fair for Riga’s Māksla XO gallery, showing work by Kristaps Ģelzis, Ginters Krumholcs, Jana Briķe and Guntars Sietiņš. Alongside PREVIEW BERLIN, the city is also hosting the prestigious Art Berlin Contemporary (abc), bringing together 129 galleries from Dubai to New York, Hong Kong to Helsinki – 18 countries altogether, and 66 participants from Berlin. Art Berlin Contemporary is taking place in the Kreuzberg district, Station Berlin.
Anders Bülow. Gallery Andersson Sandström, Stockholm
Art Copenhagen 14 – 16 September 2012
In mid-September, the Danish capital hosts Art Copenhagen, undoubtedly one of the most tradition-rich fairs in the Nordic region, attracting the attention of the best Scandinavian art galleries since 1997. The numbers this year are as follows: 71 galleries are taking part and around one hundred art collectors from throughout the world are to honour the fair with their presence. A striking amount of galleries have chosen the tactic of exhibiting work by a single artist at their stand. Among these is the Stockholm gallery Andrehn-Schiptjenko, showing the art of hyperrealist sculptor Tony Matelli. Autumn will also see an ambitious solo show for Matelli at the ARoS Museum of Art. Although the participants of Art Copenhagen are traditionally from Northern Europe, this year’s creators have also included art galleries from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Great Britain and Australia in the programme. Last year the art fair had approximately 12 thousand visitors.
Established in 1995, the ART MOSCOW contemporary art fair has proved itself to be the most important event on the Russian art market scene, strengthening this position every year. Last year, it gathered 20 thousand visitors and galleries from 14 countries, but the focus was clearly on the local – namely, Moscow’s most striking exhibition halls. This year, participants also include galleries admired in Russia and abroad – Triumph Gallery,Fine Art Gallery, Galerie Iragui, Eastern Gallery, Frolov Gallery, Collection Gallery and Glaz Gallery. However, the role of guest of honour has been taken by galleries from Iran. As the organisers of the art fair admit, the situation in the country has changed drastically this year – since last year, Russia has experienced changes in society, politics, and also art galleries. A paradigm shift can be felt in Moscow and other large Russian cities, also influencing the art world. This is the time for building a dialogue on the development of a new art market, on the outlook and meaning of contemporary art. ART MOSCOW is offering a broad programme of lectures.
Laura Henno. Gallery Les Filles Du Calvaire, Paris
Unseen Photo Fair 19 – 23 September 2012
The eagerly awaited Unseen Photo Fair is to open very soon in Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek (1885), an ex-gas factory that is now home to a number of creative businesses, cafes, restaurants and even a cinema. The fair is focused on nurturing a new audience of photography collectors. Alongside the gallery show, there will be creative happenings, exhibitions, lectures and presentations. Although this is to be the debut of the Unseen Photo Fair, 50 international galleries – representing both well-known and as yet undiscovered photographers - have already pledged their allegiance. The Nordic region is being represented by Finnish galleries Heoni and Taik, Martin Asbaek Gallery and Peter Lav Gallery from Denmark, as well as Christian Larsen and GunGallery from Sweden.
Krišs Salmanis (exhibition view from kim? Contemporary art centre in Riga). Photo: Ansis Starks. In VIENNAFAIR he is represented by gallery Alma, Riga
VIENNAFAIR – The New Contemporary 20 – 23 September 2012
Although this Vienna fair has been grabbing attention since 2005, with the slogan “Europe is changing and VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary is changing with it” the fair is taking a new direction, with an emphasis on contemporary art. To say that VIENNAFAIR is opening a new chapter would be an understatement. This is more like a new volume, with its narrative arc still unpredictable. At the beginning of the year, Europe first heard the news of changes to the fair’s management – it is now in the hands of Kazakhstan-born Christina Steinbrecher and Lithuanian Vita Zaman. The aim of both artistic directors is to develop the Austrian fair as an antithesis to the prevailing mainstream, saying goodbye to the predictable nature of participants and the artists they show. The aim of VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary is not just to reflect the most powerful work that Austrian and European galleries have to offer, but also to become a place to discover previously unknown artists and exceed the boundaries that the art world has drawn around the name “Europe”. It is no coincidence that participants from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Croatia and Ukraine can be found among the 120 galleries included this year. The Baltic region will be represented in Vienna by the The Gardens and Vartai galleries from Vilnius, Temnikova & Kasela Gallery from Tallinn and Gallery Alma from Riga, introducing the fair’s visitors to the work of Krisš Salmanis (including four different installations).