The Art Market
Art is traded and shown in galleries, which thus influence the economic value and evaluation of art in the international art market. Gallery owners represent and market selected artists, and they also offer their works to collections and museums. An international gallery scene has become established especially in Berlin and other large cities.
Association of German Galleries (BVDG)
The Association of German Galleries (Bundesverband Deutscher Galerien und Kunsthändler e.V., BVDG) is an association of art dealers and publishers. It works for best conditions for the art market and the dissemination of art. List of member galleries:
Online service provider Artnet
The online service provider Artnet provides information about price developments and market trends in the international art business and also offers an overview of art galleries in Germany, divided into cities and federal states.
Art fairs take place at regular intervals, mostly annually or every two years. They can decisively influence the price and value of a work of art or the work of a particular artist. Galleries represented at fairs do business there, and trends in the art world are created. Every year Art Cologne takes place, one of the most important fairs for international contemporary art.
List of important art fairs in Germany:
New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) Cologne
In German-speaking Europe: Art Basel (Switzerland)
A private collection receives no public monies, but is funded by private means, and is based on the preferences and tastes of the collector. Many collectors have attractive buildings in which they make their collections available to the public. Public interest in private collections of contemporary art has greatly increased in recent years.
Selection of private art collections
The Goethe-Institut presents private art collections in Germany.