In the late 1960s, the Rhineland developed into a world-class art centre, with a high density of galleries. In 1968, Günther Engels thus titled a report in the daily newspaper Kölnische Rundschau ‘Köln, heimliche Hauptstadt des Kunsthandels’ (Cologne, the Secret Capital of the Art Trade). One important location factor in this process was the Kunstmarkt Köln (Cologne Art Market), founded in 1967 and known since 1984 as the Art Cologne. It was the world’s first art fair worldwide to specialise in modern and contemporary art. Initially, the primary objectives of this temporary exhibition and trade platform were to further the art trade in Germany, promote German artists, and establish a new centre for the art trade in post-war Germany. As the fair was originally only open to members of the Verein progressiver deutscher Kunsthändler (Association of Progressive German Art Dealers), it was soon confronted with the competition of different initiatives in the Rhineland, as well as internationally with rival events of different formats (e.g. Art Basel in 1970). The goal of ART | GALLERY GIS | COLOGNE is to shed light on the history of the Kunstmarkt Köln→Art Cologne during its first thirty years, with a focus on the gallery owners as one main group of protagonists of the art fair. The key questions are: Weiterlesen
This lecture will aim to show how digital technologies can enhance our knowledge of the spatial environment of the Pont Notre-Dame in Paris. At one point in its history, the inhabited bridge housed a number of picture dealers which was unmatched elsewhere in Europe. This micro-historical inquiry will be based on a data application that enables a historic visualization of the location and evolution of the proportion of shops actually devoted to the trade of pictures on the bridge. However, it will also deal more specifically with Watteau’s 1720 painting, “L’enseigne de Gersaint”, using 3D digital imaging technologies. This picture was painted for Gersaint, the most innovative dealer on the Pont Notre-Dame in Paris in the first half of the eighteenth century.
Fokum || Institute of Art History and Historical Urban Studies at TU Berlin
25.06.2018 || Architecture Building of the TU, Straße des 17. Juni 150/152, 10623 Berlin