An Interview with the New Owners of Art Düsseldorf

By Dirk Vanduffel - Friday, June 21, 2019
An Interview with the New Owners of Art Düsseldorf

"I believe Art Düsseldorf has great potential for growth and I’m always interested in working with fairs that add value to the market. Walter Gehlen and his team have enjoyed two very successful editions - we can now couple this with the experience and knowledge Angus Montgomery Arts has garnered from over 40 years of establishing contemporary art fairs. Welcoming Art Düsseldorf into our portfolio will, I hope, enable the fair to benefit from our wider international audiences of collectors, exhibitors and partners".

Previously owned by MCH Group, Art Düsseldorf has now been purchased by new owners. ArtDependence caught up with Sandy Angus, the Chairman of Angus Montgomery Arts to find out what the future has in store.

 

Artdependence (AD): What plans do you have for Art Düsseldorf?

Sandy Angus (SA): I believe Art Düsseldorf has great potential for growth and I’m always interested in working with fairs that add value to the market. Walter Gehlen and his team have enjoyed two very successful editions - we can now couple this with the experience and knowledge Angus Montgomery Arts has garnered from over 40 years of establishing contemporary art fairs. Welcoming Art Düsseldorf into our portfolio will, I hope, enable the fair to benefit from our wider international audiences of collectors, exhibitors and partners.

AD: Can you tell us a little about the differences in the visitors’ interest with an international perspective? Do you think it’s easy to convince collectors from the other side of the world to visit Art Düsseldorf?

SA: When it comes to buyers and collectors, the quality level of the fair is absolutely key. Audiences need to be able to trust that each of our fairs will only present works which are worthy of investment. 

 

Sandy Angus, copyright Montgomery

 

We need to present the classics / masterpieces but also works that are pushing the boundaries of what contemporary art can do. The last edition of Art Düsseldorf showcased a very high standard, and it will be the growth of this that will attract international buyers to the fair.

AD: How do you see the future of art fairs? Do you think there are too many art fairs?

SA: Art fairs are an important driver for the wider art market and are useful for both collectors and dealers. I believe there will always be a need for art fairs, but it is important that they meet the needs of those looking to buy and invest in contemporary art and can be flexible to changing conditions. Our portfolio at Angus Montgomery Arts focuses on high quality art fairs that have a distinct regional orientation, they offer work that you can't access anywhere else in the world. It is this orientation that makes our fairs stand apart from other global art brands and gives us space to thrive.

Dirk defines the overall policy of ArtDependence Magazine, in addition to conducting interviews. He specializes in valuation and auctioning.

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