Art for everyone: Hamburg Airport unveils affordable fine arts gallery and retail store

GERMANY. Hamburg Airport has opened a 130sq m fine arts gallery and retail store.

Arte Gallery features original, one-off hand productions from German and international artists. It is located in the Airport Plaza.

The artworks range in price from €99 to €10,000 with the aim of being accessible to everyone

The store’s official opening today (7 February) was celebrated with a private exhibition for invited guests.

“With the Arte Gallery we are extending the range of shopping opportunities at Hamburg Airport and opening up the market for a completely new interest group,” said Hamburg Airport Director of Center Management Lutz Deubel.

“This is the first time we have had an art gallery at Hamburg Airport. The tenancy is beneficial to both parties. The Arte Gallery’s works are being presented in a bustling and unusual setting. At the same time, the Arte Gallery enriches the atmosphere at the airport, giving passengers and visitors the opportunity to experience works of art in an international setting.”

Arte Gallery proprietor Anaisio Guedes has selected each artwork. “I only exhibit artworks that I would buy myself,” he explained. “I also place great value on exhibiting art that can be purchased at an affordable price. The aim of my exhibition is to make art mobile and accessible for everyone.”

Arte Gallery proprietor Anaisio Guedes has curated the collection

The artworks range in price from €99 to €10,000, with pieces from Hamburg painters Susanne Wind and U.C. Kutter and sculptor Johannes Koetz featuring.

Arte Gallery will initially exhibit at Hamburg Airport until May 2017.

The airport has also launched a 23sq m pop-up retail space which aims to attract alternating tenants, varying the shopping experience. Samsonite was the first tenant and has been retailing in the space since October.

The pop-up store has been designed to reflect the themes of trade, merchant houses and the city’s warehouse district, with a “bright and transparent” feeling, the airport said. Motifs from the city communicate Hamburg’s identity, while the pop-up store is also directly integrated with the Gate A17 waiting area so that passengers can shop in the immediate vicinity of their boarding gate.

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