This coming April, Art Cologne, the world’s oldest-established fair for modern and contemporary art, and the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) are presenting COLLABORATIONS, a new sector to be launched at the 48th edition of Art Cologne, April 10 to 13, 2014. All galleries participating in COLLABORATIONS will be asked to showcase a program based on a jointly planned project. The new scheme will form the third mainstay of the Fair alongside the two major sections titled GALERIEN and NEW CONTEMPORARIES.
Art Cologne and NADA have worked closely together to develop the COLLABORATIONS criteria. The idea is to encourage galleries to engage with and explore the concept of collaboration. Projects can span every aspect of collaborative practice. Presenting booths shared by two galleries and/or a single gallery presenting a collaborative project, the aim of the COLLABORATIONS section is to point out new artistic parallels and to spark interaction—for example between an emerging gallery and an established gallery, or between different artistic trends, styles and approaches, across national borders.
At Art Cologne 2014, for example, Gisela Capitain (Cologne) and Friedrich Petzel (New York) will present a look into the gallery program they set up together in 2008 when they launched their joint venture, Capitain Petzel (Berlin). Two other galleries, CANADA (New York) and Jack Hanley (New York), will present a group exhibition joining their respective gallery programs. Chicago-based gallery Corbett vs. Dempsey invites the German artist Charline von Heyl to curate a group exhibition from the gallery’s program. Addressing a historical perspective, 401contemporary (Berlin) presents collaborative works by the seminal Fluxus artist Mary Bauermeister including the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. A full list of galleries featuring at COLLABORATIONS will be published in late November.
A new section and a whole new look for Hall 11.3. Approximately 1,000 square metres of exhibition space has been allocated to the new section. The hall has a square layout and the COLLABORATIONS stands will occupy its four corners. Stands are between 20 and 40 square metres in size. A spacious aisle down the centre of the exhibition hall with an integrated podium, lounge area and restaurant will create a central hub to encourage interaction and exchange of ideas and opinions.