Round-up of some of the most important art fairs and art events in Germany, including Biennials and fine art fairs; whether you want to discover up-and-coming artists from Berlin or are interested in exhibits from some of the world’s most renowned galleries, here are the best international art fairs and festivals held in Germany.
1. Art CologneArt Cologne, Germany's leading art fair, was established in 1967 as the "Kölner Kunstmarkt" and is proud to be the oldest art fair of its kind in the world. Every spring, more than 180 major galleries from 20 countries exhibit modern and contemporary art, including paintings, sculpture, installation, video art, and photography in the Exhibition Center of Cologne. When you are visiting Art Cologne, you should also make sure to explore Cologne's world-class museums and galleries, which host special exhibitions during the time of the art fair.
2. dOCUMENTAEvery 5 years, the art world meets in the German city of Kassel to celebrate the dOCUMENTA; regarded as one of the most important art exhibitions in the world, the dOCUMENTA is dedicated to the latest trends in modern and contemporary art. The “museums of 100 days” showcases over 150 artists from 55 countries, who present everything from paintings, and photographs, to film, performance art, and literature. Main venue of the festival is the Fridericianum museum, but the dOCUMENTA will be celebrated throughout the whole city of Kassel; other venues include the Neue Galerie, documenta Halle, Orangerie, Karlsaue Park, central train station, and more.
German capital, ranks as one of the most important events in the art world. Established in 1998, the festival is dedicated to promote cutting-edge contemporary art by a new generation of international artists and to bring together numerous artistic and political positions. The headquarter of the festival is the Kunstwerke gallery in Berlin Mitte, but you’ll find many exhibits spread throughout the city’s many galleries and museums.