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13.04.2011

 

Ayako Rokkaku - Colors in my hand : the Art Cologne is colourful and promising. Gallery After Show Party at the legendary marsil

The Art Cologne 2011 is opening to heavenly spring weather, with a traditional city Kölsch (local beer) reception and we aren’t the only ones to thank the Gaffel brewery. The labyrinth-like space of the Cologne exhibition hall will once again play host to the viewing, discussion, ‘reserving’ and ridiculing it sees every year. The occasional art lover may turn up their nose, but art is full of laughs and the Art Cologne isn’t a funeral after all.

Our favourites include Japanese artist Ayako Rokkaku. Her pictures are full of colourful, childlike colour compositions, which she often marks on her canvases like a child – with her hands – which we had the joy of witnessing in one of her live performances. And we were taken by her sign: ‘colours in my hand’.

In contrast, Enrique Marty forms creatures that could only make it onto an over-eighteens list. His work ‘Fear and Megalomania in Fifteen Different States (Saint Anthony)’ is made up of businessmen, who mutate into devils, bleeding alive, dying, loosing their heads.

Indeed, by comparison, Jürgen Klauke’s photographs of a drunk pope-like figure in lingerie, whore and altar boy at once, come across as practically peaceful.

Also on show: Panamarenko. Belgian artist Henri Van Herwegen’s pseudonym has been associated with UFOs and their constructions since the early 1970s. He builds them as a mystery – they could never fly.

In between Lilian Bourgeat, Thomas Draschan and Stephan Mörsch, we also manage to spot good old Takashi Murakami, whose kitsch art has already graced Louis Vuitton luggage. He has stayed true to his love of comics.

Jan Fabre has been in coma twice in his life – which has clearly influenced his art. The multi-talent, whose work has already been displayed at the Louvre, is represented at this year’s Art Cologne with additional ‘gold’ sculptures between life and death.

The world’s most traditional art fair is heading for its 45th anniversary and will transform Cologne until the 17th of April into a colourful crowd of galleries, artists, experts and the entrancing shine of fascinating objects.

And art doesn’t just make its way into our hearts on the exhibition hall grounds – the accompanying programme stretches across the whole city. Fine, well-planned, classy – as one might expect from the most contemporary art-loving city in the world. And not just since the last Cologne 300 Million art guest present coup from blessed Frau Ludwig’s will.

Tomorrow, on the 14th of April, from 10 pm onwards, the young creatives of Cologne’s galleries will celebrate with an Art Cologne After Show Party at our marsil, which could see stools, walls, indeed the entire gaff sway with excitement. We don’t want to start name dropping just yet. Let’s just say: we’ll be there!



Art Cologne
Internationaler Kunstmarkt

13. – 17. April 2011
Messehallen Köln

Art Cologne After Show Party
Marsil

14. April 2011
from 22:00

Art Cologne : Paul McCarthy

Art Cologne : Paul McCarthy

Art Cologne : Ayako Rokkaku

Art Cologne : Ayako Rokkaku

Art Cologne : Ayako Rokkaku

Art Cologne : Ayako Rokkaku

Art Cologne : Enrique Marty

Art Cologne : Enrique Marty

Art Cologne : Enrique Marty

Art Cologne : Enrique Marty

Art Cologne : Enrique Marty

Art Cologne : Enrique Marty

Art Cologne : Jürgen Klauke

Art Cologne : Jürgen Klauke

Art Cologne : Jürgen Klauke

Art Cologne : Jürgen Klauke

Art Cologne : Panamarenko

Art Cologne : Panamarenko

Art Cologne : Panamarenko

Art Cologne : Panamarenko

Art Cologne : Stephan Mörsch

Art Cologne : Stephan Mörsch

Art Cologne : Jan Fabre

Art Cologne : Jan Fabre

Art Cologne : Thomas Draschan

Art Cologne : Thomas Draschan

Art Cologne : Takashi Murakami

Art Cologne : Takashi Murakami

Art Cologne : Astrid Klein

Art Cologne : Astrid Klein

Art Cologne : Lilian Bourgeat

Art Cologne : Lilian Bourgeat