All set for art KARLSRUHE's ARTIMA art meeting

Karlsruhe, (PresseBox) - art KARLSRUHE (5-8 March 2009) has redesigned its accompanying event, this time round having invited Karlheinz Schmid, chief editor of KUNSTZEITUNG, to present the ARTIMA art meeting (5 and 6 March, both from 2 p.m. onwards). The venue is Foyer Ost. In twelve separate public talks, each a maximum of 20 minutes long, the journalist discusses contemporary art and its commercialisation. At the same time, his collocutors, amongst them artists, gallery owners, collectors, critics, and museum specialists, are to "put the cards on the table" (Schmid) and give as personal an opinion as possible.

Visitors to the fair can listen in on both days for the entire duration of the event - or just linger briefly for individual dialogues before continuing their tour. Of course seating will be provided again, ensuring that the breaks from art itself at art KARLSRUHE are pleasurable in every respect.

The people, the programme:

Thursday, 5 March, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.:
Art and the Market - a relationship with a future?
Hans-Joachim Müller (critic), Freiburg
Gregor Schneider (artist), Mönchengladbach-Rheydt
Michael Schultz (gallery owner), Berlin/Peking/Seoul
Arthur de Ganay (collector), Berlin
Heinz Holtmann (gallery owner), Köln
Ewald Karl Schrade (fair curator), Mochental/Karlsruhe

Friday, 6 March, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.:
Artists, where are the ideas?
Peter Weibel (artist/ZKM director), Karlsruhe/Graz
Christina Weiss (chairwoman of Friends of the National Gallery), Berlin
Xenia Hausner (artist), Berlin
Ben Willikens (artist), Stuttgart
Hans Peter Reuter (artist), Nuremberg
Marion Ackermann (museum director), Stuttgart/Düsseldorf

By the way: the judge for the 2nd Hans-Platschek Prize for Art and Writing (award ceremony 5 March, 5 p.m., "Foyer Ost") is the respected art historian Werner Hofmann. He was in charge of the Hamburg Art Gallery from 1969 to 1990 from where he shaped exhibition practice with groundbreaking projects such as "Europe 1789. Enlightenment, transfiguration, degeneration" (1989). Hofmann, born in Vienna in 1928, is also the author of important writings on aesthetics and art history.

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