This year, ART COLOGNE has been in existence for 50 years, making it only a little younger
than Galerie Thomas, which celebrated its 50th anniversary two years ago. From the start,
Galerie Thomas was a presence at the Kölner Kunstmarkt and ART COLOGNE, which it
developed into; indeed, Raimund Thomas was one of the trade fair's founders. It is thus a
special pleasure that, this year, the ART COLOGNE Prize is being awarded to Raimund Thomas.
Plenty of good reasons for a very special art fair presentation: the idea is to celebrate this
year’s major anniversary with small artworks. Galerie Thomas wants to provide a comprehensive
overview of the artists that it has exhibited and dealt in over a period of 50 years. If it is not to
grow out of proportion, of course, this can only be done with small works. The attraction lies not
only in their abundance and variety, but chiefly in the concentration and precision that the small
format demands of artists.