Daniel Hug is conducing a daring experiment. For the first time, the director of the annual Art Cologne is spreading the fair over three floors of the Cologne exhibition hall, according to era. It’s nothing short of a minor revolution for the oldest art exhibition of its kind in the world.
When the Swiss-American started his job in 2008, Art Cologne was a mess and its demise almost a given. Berlin had replaced Cologne as Germany’s first city of art.
But Mr. Hug has brought back the good times. He has restored Art Cologne as Germany’s most important art exhibition. The event, organized for commercial dealers to exhibit and sell art, started this year with a preview Wednesday and runs Thursday through Sunday April 19.