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On the Scene in Leipzig & Cologne/Düsseldorf
by Natalie Hegert

Emmanuel Post --

Leipzig in 2009:
Outstanding and challenging !

Particularly my two art fair endeavors to the United States: VOLTANY with Sebastian Gögel and PULSE Miami with a curated selection of paper works of Sebastian Gögel, Claudia Annette Maier, Sebastian Rug and Miron Schmückle.

Leipzig in 2010:
Pioneering spirit!

I am especially proud to be working with artist Miron Zownir who will be showing his world premiere of PHANTOMANIE in Berlin this week (see

Emmanuel Post was born in Freiburg/Breisgau, Germany, in 1975, and studied art history and American studies. The gallery EMMANUEL POST opened in 2004 close to the city in a studio house. The gallery participates in international art fairs and exhibits approximately 6-8 exhibitions a year, mainly solo shows of up-and-coming artists.

(Images, top: Sebastian Gögel, Fenster, 2009, oil on canvas, 270 x 190 cm. Above: Miron Zownir, Girl with dwarf, Moscow, 1995, b&w photograph, sizes variable. Images courtesy Galerie Emmanuel Post, Leipzig.)

Sabine Aichele-Elsner-- "The first and really prosperous point for 2010 is that we will have a baby..."

I think in 2009, the city of Leipzig liked the solo show with the paintings of Claudia Hauptmann the most.

The greatest challenges were the exhibitions where I was invited as a curator. That was the exhibition TANGENTS at the masterhouse Kandinsky / Klee. Eight artists in eight rooms of Kandinsky and Klee, which was a very nice challenge. Every wall had a different color (from silver to dark blue..) and we made an excellent show which was seen by 10.000 visitors.

Another highlight of 2009 was the project: "POP OUT: Copenhagen." We made a very nice exhibition including a lot of artist talks, readings and events.

The first and really prosperous point for 2010 is that we will have a baby in summer.
We are also planning some solo exhibitions in Leipzig with Sebastian Osterhaus (short text in english about Sebastian Osterhaus), Enrico Niemann (link to his website), and Metulczki (a short text in english about Metzulczki).

Furthermore I'm coordinating the
Photography Contest: New Images of Age and Aging. That is a great challenge for me and I really like projects with relevant subjects for the society. Here you can find more information on that project.

Sabine Aichele-Elsner
, curator, art historian, director of the gallery ARTAe Leipzig, (, studied art history and philosophy at Stuttgart, and received her MA in art history and philosophy in 2004 from Berlin.

(Image: Sebastian Osterhaus, Fundstellenversammlung, 2007, oil on canvas, 90 x 135 cm, courtesy of the artist and ARTAe, Leipzig.)

Michael Beck-- Art as a "secured asset"

Business-wise 2009 was much better as expected - actually better than 2008 - due to several "art-investors" in the classic modern market who wanted to put their money in more "secured assets".

We think that in general 2010 will be another difficult year but we have not drawn back from any of the art-fairs we did last year
--Bologna, Maastricht, Cologne, Hong-Kong, Hamburg (New Delhi will take place only in 2011)--nor let we go any of our nine employees. We believe that also in 2010 "Beck & Eggeling international fine art" will attract several "big buyers" in the classic modern market and at TEFAF Maastricht we will present in cooperation with Galerie Michael Haas an outstanding exhibition of more than 25 excellent works by Ernst-Ludwig Kirchner´s Brücke-period as a high-light.

But also with our Indian artists, as e.g. Viveek Sharma or Desmond Lazaro, whom we represent exclusively in Europe together with Ben Brown Fine Art London, "Beck & Eggeling emerging markets" will have success as there are already many collectors in "emerging India" for these artists and we are sure that also European collectors will focus on such interesting artists more and more.

Moreover our artists at "Beck & Eggeling new quarters" have their regular collectors who buy new works by these artists continuously.
A young painter like Wolf Hamm with inexpensive prices still sells almost his whole production and works by Heribert C. Ottersbach are more and more sought after also in the international art market. Manolo Valdés and Magdalena Abakanowicz are anyway international players in the art market.

So we will see.....

Michael Beck
is, along with Dr. Ute Eggeling, director and owner of "Beck & Eggeling", Düsseldorf.

(Image: Heribert C. Ottersbach, Moderne - 1. Maßnahme, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 120 x 85 cm.)



Marion Ackermann-- "a vivid art scene in Düsseldorf"

Since I just changed my position from the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart  to the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (K20 and K21) in Düsseldorf, I am still  absorbing and can only talk about first impressions but I am experiencing a vivid art scene in Düsseldorf and a great interest in art and culture. At the same time it is very exciting to see the progress with the construction works of the new building for the K20 and the preparations for the upcoming art festival Quadriennale 2010.

In 2010 there will be several milestones: First, in February, the reopening of K21 with “Silent Revolution” - the new presentation of our collection - and the exhibition Ana Torfs “Album / Tracks A”, then the grand re-opening of K20 after more then two years of renovation on July 10th and our participation in the Quadriennale 2010  with the exhibition “Joseph Beuys.Parallelprozesse” in K20 and a perspective on art of the 80’s in Düsseldorf in K21.

Dr. Marion Ackermann, director of Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen since September 2009, former director of Kunstmuseum Stuttgart.

(Image: Ana Torfs, the Intruder, 2004, Installationsansicht, Roomade, Brüssel, 2004, Installation mit Diaprojektion auf schwarzem Untergrund, synchronisierte Audiofassung, Dimensionen variabel, Courtesy of the artist, © Ana Torfs, 2007)


Kasper König--"Remembering Forward"

Our favorite shows in 2009 were Isa Genzken, Open Sesame! and Franz West Autotheatre (through March 11), especially since they came one after the other in the same rooms—two very strong yet different positions in contemporary sculpture.

The big difference between their works made the exhibitions quite separate unlike other times when the mind’s eye remembers what was exhibited in the same space before.

In 2010 we are particularly looking forward to the Roy Lichtenstein exhibition starting in July and "Remembering Forward"; the focal point of the exhibition is works by the first internationally acclaimed generation of Australian Aboriginal painters: Queenie McKenzie, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Turkey Tolson Tjupurrala, Rover Thomas, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Paddy Bedford and Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, among others.

In the age of 23 Kasper König curated his first exhibition “Claes Oldenburg” in Stockholm. Her worked as a curator, publisher and professor for “art in the public space” From 1989 he was director of Städel art school. In 2000 he became director of Museum Ludwig, Cologne.


(Image: Franz West, Spiegel in Kabine mit Passtücken (Spiegel von Michelangelo Pistoletto), 1996, Installationsansicht Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver 2005, © Franz West.)

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