Almost two thousand years of fine art, design, antiques, and objects come together this week at the Koelnmesse for Cologne Fine Art’s annual run. Having emerged out of the 70s Westdeutsche Kunstmesse, the fair consistently attracts around 100 exhibitors and a hoard of loyal visitors and collectors with its cross disciplinary focus. Rather than presenting their wares in separate, discipline and time period segregated sections, dealers are encourage to mix and match available pieces at their booths, all of which are vetted by a committee of experts. They are actively organized without accord to genre such that the entire 13,500 square meters melds into what might be an eclectic collector’s store rooms.
Here, Cologne Fine Art Director Cornelia Zinken speaks with Alexander Forbes about her fair’s 2013 edition, maintaining its cross-disciplinary focus, and staying true to its local collector base. (more…)