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)

Bundesverband Deutscher Galerien und Kunsthändler e.V. (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

Online-Dienstleister 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:

abc, art berlin contemporary

Art Cologne 

Art Karlsruhe

New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) Cologne

Preview Berlin (the project took place between 2005 and 2013)

In German-speaking Europe: Art Basel (Switzerland)