Art market

Art Berlin is scrapped due to venue uncertainty and lack of profits

Organiser of German fair describes cancellation as "regrettable"

Tempelhof airport's main hall Tempelhof Projekt GmbH,

The organiser of Art Berlin has announced today that the Modern and contemporary art fair, which has taken place in hangars belonging to the now-defunct Tempelhof airport for the past two years, will no longer take place.

Koelnmesse, a company that organises around 80 trade exhibitions a year including Art Cologne, says the use of Tempelhof from 2020 is not secured and that the financial results of the previous editions were “not satisfactory.” From now on, it will concentrate on the Cologne art fairs.

“We regret this step very much,” says Gerald Böse, the managing director of Koelnmesse. “But at the moment we don’t see the conditions necessary to achieve our visions in producing this event.”

The third edition of Art Berlin took place from 12-15 September, as part of Berlin Art Week, in which museums, institutions and private collections stage public openings. About 110 galleries took part in the event, which was managed by Maike Cruse. Böse thanked Cruse for her “excellent work.”