Art Düsseldorf

“Art Düsseldorf is in the right place at the right time. It combines the outstanding characteristics of the Rhineland as a location for art and meets the curiosity of the neighbouring regions. Düsseldorf has a unique location for many collectors from Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. With the fourth edition, we will promote greater internationalisation in terms of both content and structure.”

Walter Gehlen, Director

At Art Düsseldorf 2020, around 100 established and young, regional and international galleries show contemporary art in the spacious and light-flooded halls of Areal Böhler, Düsseldorf.

With around 40,000 visitors annually and excellent feedback from gallery owners and collectors on the fair experience, Art Düsseldorf 2019 has successfully consolidated its strong profile since 2017.

With Areal Böhler in Düsseldorf, a former steel factory complex in a prime location, the fair has chosen an exceptional and non-conventional venue, perfectly suitable for the exhibition of art.

Art Düsseldorf brings together high-quality contemporary art from galleries based in the Rhineland, Germany and Benelux countries, as well as international big-name players. The fair positions itself in the region as art fair with global appeal.
Art Düsseldorf is dedicated to choosing galleries that will showcase art catered to collectors in the region, as well as educate international collectors interested in the history of Düsseldorf’s art scene and the regional ‘DNA’.
Galleries are carefully selected each year. Half of the participating galleries in 2019 came from the region (Germany and Benelux countries). Most of the international galleries are of European origin. In addition, around 10% of the galleries in 2019 came from the United States and Asia.

The visit to Art Düsseldorf is a meeting place for experts and art lovers alike. With a clear focus on contemporary art, the fair provides an overview of the most important current trends, coupled with significant positions in recent art history. If you wish, you can be guided around the fair and enter into an interesting and inspiring dialogue with art in 60 minutes. The fair experience offers many discoveries.

Art Düsseldorf also sees itself as a fair for future generations of artists, gallery owners and collectors. Rsvp is a platform for galleries no more than ten years old to showcase recent work from emerging artists. The presentations spotlight the next generation of artistic talents, which visitors can discover in this in-depth and intimate setting. A jury of the following curators invites the galleries: Devrim Bayar (WIELS | Brussels, Belgium), Elisa Linn and Lennart Wolff (km temporär | Berlin, Germany) and Marianne Dobner (mumok | Vienna, Austria). With the third edition of the fair, the new format Collector’s Private Tour started: Experienced collectors share their expertise in special guided tours with interested young collectors.

With its art academy, exhibition venues, museums and private collections, the city of Düsseldorf has a strongly developed and internationally renowned art scene. Its cultural map is diverse – and constantly evolving. Having chosen Düsseldorf as location, the fair has positioned itself at the junction of the Rhineland and the Ruhr Valley: In the heart of a metropolitan region that has ten million inhabitants and is, with regard to art and culture, at the center of one of Western Europe’s most vibrant regions. Thus, the fair is embedded within a dense urban cultural landscape with important art institutions directly neighboring it along the Rhine and Ruhr rivers, in Cologne and Bonn, Essen and Bochum.

Having proven itself as a high-quality platform for collectors, gallerists and curators, Art Düsseldorf’s presence will strengthen the city’s existing art scene as cultural art hub for the region in fall season. Art Düsseldorf provides a platform to foster existing and create new long-term relationships that flourish also outside the fair. Close collaboration between the fair director and the galleries as well as regional art institutions, is Art Düsseldorf’s winning recipe.