Israeli gallery offer Hitler mat at art fair

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18 April 2007, Cologne, Germany (dpa) - An Israeli gallery will be offering a mat representing Adolf Hitler's skin as a big-game trophy at Art Cologne, the major modern-art fair, which has been shifted from autumn to the springtime this year. The artwork, entitled "Nazi Hunter's Room," by Israeli artist Boaz Arad, will be priced at 35,000 euros (47,000 dollars) at the German fair, which begins Wednesday and runs until Sunday. Work at the fair spans the period from classical modern to contemporary. The most

18 April 2007

Cologne, Germany (dpa) - An Israeli gallery will be offering a mat representing Adolf Hitler's skin as a big-game trophy at Art Cologne, the major modern-art fair, which has been shifted from autumn to the springtime this year.

The artwork, entitled "Nazi Hunter's Room," by Israeli artist Boaz Arad, will be priced at 35,000 euros (47,000 dollars) at the German fair, which begins Wednesday and runs until Sunday. Work at the fair spans the period from classical modern to contemporary.

The most expensive work on offer is likely to be Pablo Picasso's "Man with Pipe" on a rust-coloured background. The 1969 painting has a price tag of 3.8 million euros and will be well guarded.

Beefy watchmen will also be keeping a close eye on "Frustrum" by US video artist Gary Hill: it consists of a 12.5-kilogram bar of solid gold sunk in a bath of mineral oil inside a darkened booth, filmed the whole time by a video camera. It is not for sale.

The annual fair attracts rich European collectors, who do not have time to fly all over the continent buying art. Prices of top work has been soaring, and dealer galleries said before the fair there was a shortage of top-notch art to sell.

A significant number of Asian dealer galleries will be taking part and offering op art and pop art that is affordable by comparison, including artist Yin Kun's pink-painted "Chinese Baby" wearing a Mao cap complete with star (7,100 euros).

Organizers admitted Tuesday that some big names would be absent from among the 190 dealer galleries which have booked space at the fairgrounds in the western German city of Cologne for the 41st fair.

The rescheduling from the autumn, when multiple art fairs are held in Europe, including those at Basle and Berlin, is a move by the venerable Cologne fair to shake off the growing competition.

However a neighbouring city is to host a new fair, DC Duesseldorf Contemporary, from Thursday to Sunday. DC, which has attracted 80 dealer galleries and will focus on art since 1980, asserts that it will be offering synergies with Art Cologne.

Organizers said they expected about 70,000 people to attend Art Cologne and its new Open Space, an exhibition space for art that has been specially created for the fair. Art Cologne always invites 25 talented artists to set up their own booths at the event.

Oliver P. Kurth, chief executive of the fair company Koeln Messe, said galleries that had been no-shows this year were mainly opposed to the spring timing or faced logistical problems coming to Cologne for the second time within a space of just six months.

A wide choice of styles will be on show, with the Picasso exhibited in close proximity to a 1945 abstract painting of plants by Fernand Leger for just short of 1 million euros and a stool in human shape from the Congo for 120,000 euros.

DPA

Subject: German news

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