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"Sixth Annual International Art Fair Opens Today"
2001-10-03 until 2001-10-07
Art Forum Berlin
Berlin, , DE Germany

A total of 177 galleries from 28 countries (2000: 23 countries) will be presenting art from the 1990s to the present day at the sixth ART FORUM BERLIN. A total of 74 German and 103 foreign galleries are exhibiting at this event, and once again this shows that over half of the exhibitors are from abroad. In recent years there has been an increasing concentration at ART FORUM BERLIN on very new art and emerging production, a process which is in turn accompanied by the steadily increasing involvement of international galleries.

In 2001 around half of the foreign galleries are in Berlin for the first time. The international involvement features a growing number of galleries from outside Europe. Among those represented at the fair for the first time are the Chelouche Gallery from Tel Aviv, Nina Menocal Gallery from Mexico City, La Casona Gallery from Havana, Akira Ikeda from Nagoya in Japan, three galleries from the People's Republic of China, and 4 of the 13 exhibitors from the USA. Also taking part for the first time is Gallery i8 from Reykjavik and five exhibitors from Italy, including two from Milan, Massimo de Carlo and Gio Marconi. Other newcomers include seven from the UK, from Austria the Vienna galleries Krobath Wimmer, Meyer Kainer and Trabant, and from the Netherlands, Cokkie Snoe of Rotterdam and Torch of Amsterdam.

Returning to ART FORUM BERLIN after an absence of a year or more are Lisson from London, Lumen Travo from Amsterdam, Mark Müller and Peter Kilchmann from Zurich, David Pestorius from Brisbane and four galleries from Hamburg: Jürgen Becker, Ascan Crone/Andreas Osarek, Produzentengalerie and Sfeir-Semler, which will be joining together with a newcomer, Karin Günther, in a combined Hamburg stand under the name Admiralitätsstrasse.

Trends and News 2001

There has been a noticeable increase in the number of British exhibitors, from 5 last year to 15 at the current event. The United Kingdom contingent is now the largest among the international exhibitors at the ART FORUM BERLIN 2001.

International networks are a major feature of ART FORUM BERLIN again this year. The combined stands that attracted such attention in 2000 among visitors are again strongly represented (23). There has been a particular emphasis on co-operation between Berlin galleries and their colleagues in other countries.

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