Art Frankfurt

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Signet of the first kind Frankfurt 1989
Hilmar Hoffmann left with Bodo Sperling , podium at the opening of the 1st art fair ART-Frankfurt 1989

The Art Frankfurt was an art fair for contemporary art , which at the fairgrounds in 1989 Frankfurt took place. The last two editions 2006 and 2007 were organized under the name fine art fair frankfurt .


The first four fairs took place under the direction of Anita Kaegi, who came from Art Basel , and were organized by the city's own Art Frankfurt GmbH . In 1992 she was replaced by Ingrid Mössinger , who traded as an artistic consultant , and the organization of the art fair was transferred to Messe Frankfurt . With the 17th edition, the last Art Frankfurt took place in 2005 . Previously, Marianne El Hariri , who also came from Art Basel , was the responsible facility manager for twelve years.

In addition to paintings and works on paper, the exhibiting galleries also showed artist books, photography , video , editions, installations and spatial projects. The number of participants was between 150 and 200. Extensive exhibitor catalogs were published for each trade fair.

From 2006 onwards the art fair was run as fine art fair frankfurt under the direction of the Frankfurt gallery owner Michael Neff. The number of participants was limited to 48 to 75. The motto was High & Low in 2006 and quality street in 2007 . The event was canceled due to a lack of demand.


Entrance to the fair

Since 1992, the Adam Elsheimer Prize has been awarded on the opening evening of the fair . It was an award for outstanding collector personalities, including Herbert Zapp , the initiator of the Deutsche Bank art collection , the Danish museum founder Knud W. Jensen, the New York gallery owner Leo Castelli , the industrialist and museum founder Reinhold Würth , the Freiburg patron and collector Franz Armin Morat , the Cologne collector couple Eberhard and Ute Garnatz, the Frankfurt collector and real estate agent Michael Loulakis and the Thuringian collector Günter Lichtenstein received.

Since 2000, an Art Frankfurt Prize worth 13,000 euros has been awarded to exemplary art associations :

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