Symposium | Mapping The Art Market


22.06.2018 | Symposium Mapping The Art Market

Wir freuen uns sehr über die zahlreichen Besucher bei dem Symposium „Mapping The Art Market“ mit anschließendem Launch des ART | GALLERY GIS | COLOGNE sowie einer Podiumsdiskussion mit Christina Bartosch | University of Vienna, Catherine Dossin | Purdue University, Anita Hopmans | RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague und Nadine Oberste-Hetbleck.

Podium | Alle Fotografien dieses Beitrags: Selin Glanz

Im Namen aller Beteiligten bedanken wir uns sehr herzlich für die spannenden Vorträge und Diskussionen. Weiterlesen



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

Symposium | Mapping The Art Market


Digital mapping, present in everyday life in the form of navigation devices, is increasingly finding its way into art history research. As part of the symposium Mapping the Art Market, organized by the department for Art Market Studies at the University of Cologne’s Institute of Art History, international researchers will be presenting their projects that pursue art historical issues with the assistance of location analysis.

A subsequent round table discussion will attempt to address fundamental questions. What contribution, for example, are digital recording and the visualization of the locations of artists, exhibitions, galleries, as well as other protagonists in the art system currently making to art history? What opportunities, challenges, and future developments do such mapping projects yield? What scope is there for further collaborations (including interdisciplinary ones)?

We are very pleased to welcome

Christina Bartosch | University of Vienna

Catherine Dossin | Purdue University

Anita Hopmans | RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague

Mayken Jonkman | RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague

The occasion for the symposium is the launch of the digital mapping project ART | GALLERY GIS | COLOGNE, headed by Jun. Prof. Dr. Nadine Oberste-Hetbleck, which has been under development in Cologne since March 2017. The geographically referenced visualization of galleries participating in ART COLOGNE during the first 30 years of its existence has permitted a highly sophisticated overview of this, the very first, fair for modern and contemporary art.

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Symposium || University of Cologne | Department of Art History
22.06.2018 | 16.00 Uhr || Seminar building, Room R004 | Universitätsstraße 37 | 50931 Cologne