No "Art Karlsruhe" this Year
A lack of planning security leads to rejection
The "Art Karlsruhe", international fair for classic modern and contemporary art, was the only art fair to be held successfully and without restrictions in February 2020 before all trade fairs around the world had to be canceled. What was just possible last year can no longer be implemented in 2021: The 18th "Art Karlsruhe" cannot take place from May 21st to 24th as planned.
Due to the lack of open prospects for trade fair and event management and the associated lack of planning security, Messe Karlsruhe is forced to cancel the art fair. "Art Karlsruhe", which presents art from the past 120 years, had already been postponed to May at the end of 2020. The next edition of the fair will now take place again in February in order to remain true to its usual date at the beginning of the art fair year in the long term.
No opening perspective
"A trade fair requires several months of preparation time for all those involved," says Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe: "Despite corona protection concepts that are constantly being further developed and adaptable to the current situation, there are currently no viable opening perspectives for the industry that our customers, partners and Offer colleagues now the planning security they need for May 2021. "Therefore, a cancellation is unavoidable."
"We hoped to the last that the art could take place and carried out the necessary rescheduling. Our gallery owners have always remained loyal to us and made all preparations for their trade fair appearances We are now looking forward to seeing you personally next year ", says curator Ewald Karl Schrade. Nevertheless, Messe Karlsruhe would like to offer visitors and exhibitors a platform with new digital solutions on the planned date in May: Art needs direct encounter. Messe Karlsruhe is currently developing suitable hybrid and digital formats that complement the trade fair on site and should continue to exist beyond the pandemic. "Art Karlsruhe" would like to spread the joy of art at home too.