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Netherlands Eye-catcher at Art Cologne

Melanie Bonajo, Stills Progress vs Regress, HD Video 00’’58’’00, 2016 Melanie Bonajo, Stills Progress vs Regress, HD Video 00’’58’’00, 2016

A special exhibition titled Eins, Zwei, Wechselschritt is on view at Art Cologne from 14-17 April, showing 50 years of avant-garde art from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, together with commissioned new work by three upcoming contemporary artists. The Netherlands’ eye-catcher is Melanie Bonajo with new work. Curator Ellen de Bruijne (NL) and Stella Lohaus (BE) have put the exhibition together with works from amongst others Joseph Beuys, Ger van Elk, Panamarenko, Marcel Broodthaers, Georg Baselitz, Marlene Dumas, Rosemarie Trockel, Daan van Golden, Navid Nuur and Peter Buggenhout. Besides Melanie Bonajo, Sine Van Menxel (BE) and Nora Schultz (DE) received commissions for new work. This exhibition is being organized by Art Cologne in collaboration with the Mondriaan Fund, the Flanders Arts Institute, the Dutch Embassy in Berlin and the General Delegation of the Flemish Government in Germany.

Melanie Bonajo has created a new, extended version of the film about the elderly and the digital world she recently presented in the exhibition Hacking Habitat. The film will be shown in an installation designed by Bonajo, acting as the eye-catcher of the exhibition. Art Cologne received a Grant International Art Fairs from the Mondriaan Fund. Renowned international art fairs can apply for the production and presentation of new work by artists from the Netherlands for a special curated exhibition during the fair. This grant program aims to enhance the reputation and international position of contemporary art from the Netherlands.

The exhibition Eins, zwei, Wechselschritt is built up around five periods of ten years each:

1967-1976  Joseph Beuys – Marcel Broodthaers – Stanley Brouwn
1977-1986  Panamarenko – Georg Baselitz – Ger van Elk
1987-1996  Rosemarie Trockel – Wim Delvoye – Marlene Dumas
1997-2006  Joëlle Tuerlinckx – Manfred Pernice – Daan van Golden
2007-2016  Navid Nuur – Alicja Kwade – Peter Buggenhout
2016             Melanie Bonajo – Sine Van Menxel – Nora Schultz

Art Cologne, the world’s oldest art fair, has developed into one of the most important international art fairs in Europe for modern and contemporary. Every year the fair attracts over 60.000 visitors with around 250 participating galleries. Dutch galleries to participate in 2016 are Fons Welters, Martin van Zomeren, Tegenboschvanvreden and Juliètte Jongma.

Eins, zwei, Wechselschritt is organized in the light of the 50th anniversary of Art Cologne and the Netherlands-Flanders as host countries at the Frankfurter Buchmesse. The hosting countries were asked to develop an interdisciplinary program in several German cities. The exhibition  Eins, zwei, Wechselschritt at Art Cologne is a prelude to the Buchmesse. Furthermore, the Museum for Modern Art in Frankfurt is organizing a big solo exhibition by visual artist Fiona Tan and an exhibition  with Willem de Rooij. Kunstverein is making an exhibition with young visual artists from the Netherlands and Belgium and exhibition space BASIS is showing work by Dutch, Flemish and German Artists made during residencies in Antwerp, Rotterdam and Frankfurt.

Art Cologne is open from 14 until 17 April 2016.
Location: Koelnemesse GmbH, Messeplatz 1, 50679 Köln