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Kunst & Antiquitäten

Last year the Munich antiques fair Kunst & Antiquitäten moved to a new location, the architecturally inspiring Postpalast about half a mile from the city’s central station.

The change was welcomed by exhibitors and customers alike.

The fair certainly has staying power: for almost half a century it has been held twice a year, in May and October, and this autumn’s edition is the 96th. It runs from October 21-29 and has 66 participants.

What started as a purely regional fair now attracts dealers from all over Germany who are joined by colleagues from Austria, Belgium and Switzerland.

They cover all fields of collecting and all eras from antiquity to contemporary. The exhibitors are not aiming at museum buyers – they are trying to attract traditional collectors looking for sensibly priced works of art.


Highlights International Art Fair

Compared to Kunst & Antiquitäten, the other fair being held in Munich this autumn is a relative newcomer. Highlights International Art Fair is staging its eighth edition from October 25-29 in the Residenz, the one-time town palace of the Bavarian royal family in the heart of the Bavarian capital.

As in previous years, the design of the fair is in the capable hands of Tom Postma, whose style is well known to TEFAF Maastricht visitors. Thirty-eight dealers have signed up for the 2017 event, five of whom are taking part for the first time. Among them is veteran dealer Walter Senger of Bamberg, who exhibited at Kunst & Antiquitäten last year, but is now joining fellow Bamberg dealer Christian Eduard Franke-Landwers at Highlights.

At the beginning of this year, Franke-Landwers was appointed joint manager of the event, taking over from Highlights’ founding member and major driving force, Konrad Bernheimer. As he puts it, his intention is to “ensure that Highlights remains a top fair of international interest, with a vital, exciting mixture of old and contemporary art, which will fascinate the visitors”.