SCULPTURE COLOGNE builds a bridge to the sculpture show “Worth Fighting For” in the old Opel workshop in Cologne with two works by Ukrainian artists.
Image caption: Robert Michel, Ohne Titel (Schiff, Vorderseite), Öl und Tusche auf Karton, 65×75,6 cm. Photocredit: Bertrand Michau. Courtesy: Gaelire Eric Mouchet, Paris
This year, a sculpture trail will lead through ART COLOGNE. This is made possible by the commitment of numerous exhibitors at this year’s fair and by the newly designed plazas that provide free space on all levels. Thus, eleven large-format sculptures will provide an insight into the work of artists as diverse as Max Ernst (Die Galerie, Frankfurt), Regine Schumann (Taguchi Fine Art, Tokyo) or Alex Calder (Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, Bielefeld). Other participating galleries include Boisserée, Cologne (with Alex Katz), Lelong, Paris (with David Nash), Galerie Löhrl, Mönchengladbach (with Thomas Kühnapfel), Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle (with Daniel Knorr) and Galerie E. & K. Thoman, Vienna (with John M Armleder). Two special artworks will be shown by Zilkens Fine Art Insurance Broker GmbH, Cologne: “Max Army Series” by Ukrainian artist Lesia Khomenko from 2022, as well as “Difficulties of Profanation II”, 2015-2022 by Nikita KadanWith the two Ukrainian sculptures, SCULPTURE COLOGNE connects to the current sculpture show in the old Opel workshop on Cologne’s Oskar-Jäger-Strasse, which, under the name “Worth Fighting For”, stimulates an international dialogue between Ukrainian and international artists against the backdrop of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine.
ART COLOGNE enters its 55th event with an impressive line-up of around 190 galleries and dealers. In addition to the new sector “SCULPTURE COLOGNE”, works of art from the 20th and 21st centuries up to studio-fresh works from 2022 attract visitors. The top-class offer is perfectly complemented by the special presentation of sculptures across all segments of the fair. Director Daniel Hug:” Sculptures have their own place in art history. The three-dimensional experience of an object in space, the special texture of material and colour, scale and size convey a special art experience, which is also underlined by lighting conditions. ART COLOGNE offers this special perception on the newly designed Plazas, which invite our visitors to a relaxed dialogue with art.”
The sculptures by Ukrainian artists on display at ART COLOGNE are intended to draw the fair’s guests’ attention to the exhibition “Worth Fighting For” presented from 15 November to 14 December 2022. The exhibition is a combination of three exhibitions (Venice, Davos, Kyiv) dedicated to the current work of Ukrainian art. Well-known Ukrainian artists such as Nikita Kadan, Lesia Khomenko and Oleg Holosiy will be represented here. The exhibition is being held with the support of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM), the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (MKW NRW) and the Kunststiftung NRW.