Art Cologne Palma de Mallorca

ART COLOGNE PALMA DE MALLORCA
Art Fair for Modern and Contemporary Art

The Art Cologne Palma de Mallorca has celebrated its debut in the former Terminal A of the Son Sant Joan airport in Palma de Mallorca and Culturebrand Architects of Culture has been involved in the whole Management of the Fair and Art Show. This gala and international art event was a real special challenge not only for its organizer, Koelnmesse, but also for the local partner in this project, the district administration of the Balearic Islands, the Balearic Government and the City of Palma de Mallorca. The 55 galleries from 14 countries exhibited at the Premiere of the art fair. They brought together an impressive programme including very big international names and plenty of surprises.

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Culturebrand Architects of Culture and Tourism was given an extensive consultancy and management assignment for the whole event Production. Culturebrand was also responsible for Management and Production Services, Event Creation, Event Management and Production, Funding and Sponsorship, Partner Coordination, Preparatory Events, Public Relations Services, VIP Art Collectors Coordination.

The first international Art Fair on Mallorca has been a great success with more than 8.500 international Guests and Visitors and a large international Media Impact. Hubert Georg Feil, Managing Partner of CULTUREBRAND mentioned, that the Art Fair ART COLOGNE PALMA DE MALLORCA was a Milestone for Mallorca and the Balearic Islands from a cultural and image Point of View. Hubert Georg Feil: “Palma de Mallorca is now on the cultural map of Europe!”

Facts:

  • ACPM Art Fair at Terminal 2 – Airport of Palma de Mallorca
  • 8.500 international Guests
  • 55 First-Class Art Galleries from 14 Countries
  • Extensive VIP-Program around the Island of Mallorca
  • 55 Events in One Week
  • 40 Gallery Events and Art Exhibitions around the Island
  • Grand Opening Ceremony in the Castell de Bellver de Mallorca with 1.500 Guests / Eventproduction: Culturebrand Live Communication

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Partners and Sponsors:

  • Govern de les Illes Balears | Government of the Balearic Islands
  • Consell de Mallorca
  • Ajuntament de Palma de Mallorca | City of Palma de Mallorca
  • Fomento del Turismo
  • Air Berlin
  • Freixenet
  • AUDI AG
  • Puro Group
  • Engel & Völkers
  • Mallorcair
  • Net Jets
  • Fleurop

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Official Hotel Partner:

  • Puro Hotel
  • Castillo Hotel Palma de Mallorca
  • St. Regis Mardavall Hotel & Spa
  • Meliá Palas Atenea
  • Gran Meliá Victoria
  • Arabella Sheraton Golf Hotel Son Vida
  • Gran Hotel Son Net Puigpunyent

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Artistic Facts and Background:

The list of artists whose works have been presented during the ART COLOGNE Palma de Mallorca is international and prestigious. For example, classical modernism was represented by names such as Max Ernst, Georg Grosz, Erich Heckel, Karl Hofer, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Fernand Léger, André Masson, Emil Nolde and Pablo Picasso. Galerie Hachmeister from Münster showed “La Femme au Livre” (Woman Reading) (1935) and “Boîte à allumettes” (Matchbox) (1963), two works by the French architect Le Corbusier, whose paintings are rarities on the Spanish art market. Henze & Ketterer, from Bern and Basel, came to Palma with several oil paintings by George Grosz, including “A Summer Day” from 1940. The Spanish gallery Barbié from Barcelona focused on the Spanish and German avant-garde of the postwar period and display works by Antoni Tàpies and Willy Baumeister.

A wide selection of well-established and up-and-coming contemporary art were shown at the ART COLOGNE Palma de Mallorca, with works by Miquel Barceló, Joseph Beuys, Eduardo Chillida, Tony Cragg, Günther Förg, Douglas Gordon, Damien Hirst, Jörg Immendorff, Anselm Kiefer, Imi Knöbel, Jannis Kounellis, Robert Mapplethorpe, Julian Opie, Nam June Paik, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Dieter Roth, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Manolo Valdés, Franz West, Erwin Wurm and many more. Die Galerie (Frankfurt/Main) focused on the experimental group COBRA, as represented by the artists Karel Appel, Pierre Alechinsky, Corneille and Lucebert. Benden & Klimczak (Cologne/Viersen) offered Pop Art works, including collages by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein as well as large works in steel by Tom Wesselmann. “We came to the ART COLOGNE Palma de Mallorca in order to make new contacts, and we’ve put together a wonderful selection of works for this premiere,” says Rainer Klimczak. Jule Kewenig was also promising visitors a unique experience, thanks to the young artists Sandra Vásquez and Marcelo Viquez, whom she persuaded to carry out a joint project specially for the ART COLOGNE Palma de Mallorca: “The stand reflected Marcelo Viquez’s brash and freewheeling nature, by contrast to the mystical, almost fairytale drawings of Sandra Vázquez, an artist who identifies herself very strongly with the mythology and hidden truths of the world,” says Kewenig. The Ruczicska gallery from Salzburg showd light installations by Brigitte Kowanz, such as the neon creation “More Light” from 2007.

Sculpture has long been an underprivileged category on the international art market, but that status is now a thing of the past. Visitors interested in sculpture found many fascinating works at the ART COLOGNE Palma de Mallorca. In addition to the sculpture project displayed in the airport and throughout the city – with works by Manal Mahamid, Marcelo Viquez, Miquel Navarro, Bruno Gironcoli, Robert Schad, Martín y Sicilia, Sebastian Romo, Thomas Möcker, Bernar Venet, Jörg Immendorff and Franz West – numerous gallery owners displayed sculptures in the exhibition halls. For example, the Samuelis Baumgarte gallery from Bielefeld showcased several rubber sculptures by Tom Lange and large-format works by Heinz Mack from the years 1993 to 1995. The Altair gallery from Palma de Mallorca showed several works by Anthony Caro, and Lars Bohman from Stockholm presented wood sculptures created in 2007 by Stephan Balkenhol. The Löhrl gallery from Mönchengladbach also displayed works by this German sculptor as well as by the artist Thomas Virnich, who spends often some of his time in Sollér at Mallorca’s Westcoast and creates works of art using found objects and items from everyday life. The Austrian gallery Mario Mauroner, located in Vienna and Salzburg, showed works by Fabrizio Plessi, who is known as the “sculptor of video technology”. And the Portuguese gallery Mário Sequeira from Braga featured the steel sculptures “Lemure” (2005) and “Mercury” (2004) by Franz West, who was represented by the Elisabeth and Klaus Thoman gallery from Innsbruck.

Top-calibre photography was also strongly represented at the ART COLOGNE Palma de Mallorca. The works displayed in the former Terminal A of the Son Sant Joan airport are by some of the top names among internationally renowned photographers. Among the undisputed masters of the art are Robert Mapplethorpe, whose works have been shown by Röpke from Cologne/Madrid, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alfred Eisenstaedt and Man Ray, who is also featured by Johannes Faber from Vienna. To give just two examples, Johannes Faber was showing two classic photographic portraits, “Valeska Gert” and “Kiki de Montparnasse”. Mario Sequeira was be presenting works by the Becher apprentice Axel Hütte. Other photographers whose works are in high demand on the art market include Michael Wesely, have been represented by Fahnemann Projects, and the architecture photographer Boris Becker, represented by the Holtmann gallery from Cologne.

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As expected, Spanish artists have been strongly represented at the ART COLOGNE PALMA DE MALLORCA, especially because their works are also represented by galleries based in countries outside Spain. Visitors have seen works by the Spanish artists Diario Alvarez Basso, Amador, Eduardo Arroyo, Miguel Barceló, Miguel Berrocal, Carmen Calvo, Rafael Canogar, Eduardo Chillida, José Cobo, Salvador Dalí, Gabriel Diaz, Susy Gomez, Luis Gordillo, Pep Guerrero, Fernando Guijar, Victor Mira, Joan Miró, Miquel Mont, Guillem Nadal, Miquel Navarro, Dina Perelló, Pablo Picasso, Joan Hernandez Pijuan, Jaume Plensa, Ana Louísa Ribeiro, Bernardi Roig, Julio Rondo, Oscar Seco, Santiago Serrano, Ferran Garcia Sevilla, José-Maria Sicilia, Susana Solano, Antoni Tàpies, Juan Uslé and Manolo Valdés.