01 May, 2007


Exhibition of the European Kunsthalle
with 22 international artists
in 18 Cologne galleries

curated by founding director Nicolaus Schafhausen and Florian Waldvogel

April 19 – May 26, 2007
Opening on Wednesday, April 18, 2007


Only a few weeks after the opening of its first exhibition “Models for Tomorrow: Cologne” the European Kunsthalle puts a new event on the agenda – “KölnShow2”: 18 selected galleries will make space available for the programme of founding director Nicolas Schafhausen – who is also director of Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam and curator of the German pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennial – and guest curator Florian Waldvogel, Witte de With. 22 young artists from 12 different nations, whose work has to date rarely been shown in Germany, take up the challenge of meeting the full title of the exhibition: “…what will be told of today tomorrow: KölnShow2.”

The fundamental idea behind this project is to follow up by now legendary “The Köln Show”, a joint project by Cologne galleries, staged in their showrooms in 1990, presenting until then undiscovered young artists. On its way to establishing an up-to-date institution for contemporary art in Cologne, European Kunsthalle revisits this historic event in order to test the, at that time, highly successful model within the framework of today’s debates about decentralised exhibition concepts and collaborative organisational structures. Against the background of discussing possible operative and spatial models for a Kunsthalle, Nicolaus Schafhausen, together with his team augmented by Florian Waldvogel, focuses on the current relationship between cultural production and culture market in the Rhine metropolis.

BQ – Kostis Velonis (GR)
Galerie Daniel Buchholz – Gareth Moore (CAN)
Luis Campaña – Chris Lipomi (USA), Keegan McHargue (USA)
Galerie Gisela Capitain – Margaret Salmon (USA)
Fiebach & Minninger – Fernando Sánchez Castillo (E)
Frehrking Wiesehöfer – Aïda Ruilova (USA)
Galerie Vera Gliem – David Blandy (UK)
Galerie Hammelehle und Ahrens – Kwang-Ju Son (ROK)
Galerie Michael Janssen – Hannah Rickards (UK)
Johnen + Schöttle – Jesper Just (DK)
Linn Lühn – Andrew Schoultz (USA)
Galerie Mirko Mayer – Germaine Kruip (NL)
Galerie Christian Nagel – Karen Sargsyan (ARM)
Thomas Rehbein Galerie – Tuan Andrew Nguyen (VN)
Sabine Schmidt Galerie – Marijn van Kreij (NL)
Galerie Schmidt Maczollek – Maya Hayuk (USA)
Otto Schweins – Tris Vonna-Michell (UK)
Galerie Monika Sprüth / Philomene Magers – Simon Denny (NZ), Pere Llobera (E), João Onofre (P)
Performance during the opening – William Hunt (UK)

Duration April 19 to May 26, 2007

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