The 2014 edition of Art Berlin Contemporary closed on Sunday following a four-day run, which many gallerists were quick to report was its most successful yet. Visitor numbers were on par with 2013, at 28,000, but sales appeared to be up. That is, at least by the weekend’s close.


Thursday’s preview was a relaxed affair. Friday was downright sleepy. But, as collectors poured in for the weekend, business hit a decidedly different pace. International buyers like Anita Zabludowicz, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Alain Servais, and Kamiar Maleki flew in. But it’s the higher number of less prominent, German collectors that flocked to abc this year, that likely tipped the scale for this edition. It’s no small win for fair director Maike Cruse. Fellow German fair of an admittedly very different sort, Art Cologne, survives almost exclusively off the deep German market.

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Text by Alexander Forbes

Photo by Marco Funke