Code Art Fair 2016

Code Art Fair’s 2nd Edition – Five Things to Look Forward To

The second edition of the new Scandinavian international art fair, Code 2, returns to Bella Center from 31 August to 2 September 2017, with a special event day of performances held in the heart of Copenhagen on Sunday, 3 September 2017. Here are five noteworthy features of the upcoming fair.


New Curatorial Team

Code 2 is curated by an international team consisting of Caroline Bøge, art advisor and former gallery director at Nils Stærk, and Saskia Draxler, co-owner of Nagel Draxler Gallery (founded 1990 as Galerie Christian Nagel), based in Berlin and Cologne, Germany. Irene Campolmi, PhD Fellow from Aarhus University/Louisiana, independent curator and researcher, will curate the 2017 Film, Talks, and Performance Program. Continuing Code’s mission to showcase exceptional art in Copenhagen, this year’s team will curate a selection contemporary art galleries from all over the world, presenting artworks by internationally established and emerging artists.

Talks, Film and Performance Program

Art ReActs is the title of the 2017 Code Art Fair Talks, Film and Performance Program. It explores how artistic and curatorial practice reacts to social, political, ecological and technological changes, creating new structures and reinventing the existing ones. By responding to the world’s changes creatively, art plays an active role, and conceives new languages to communicate and contexts to inhabit. The Film Program will consist in daily screenings projected in a large-scale movie theatre located at the fair. Sections of this program will be arranged and co-curated in collaboration with leading local art museums and cultural institutions. The program will be free and open for everyone.

Code on Sunday

Our entirely new initiative, Code on Sunday, represents an unconventional fair day. The event is open to the public and free of charge for everyone. Code on Sunday will consist of site-specific commissioned performances and special events that will take place in crucial areas of the city. The initiative wishes to create a relaxed platform for networking, connecting local and international art professionals in a lively, informal setting. Code on Sunday is made in collaboration with Cph Art Week and other institutions in Copenhagen.

VIP Program

The Code Art Fair VIP Program is offered to international art collectors and dealers. The 2017 VIP Program is realised through unique partnerships with various cultural institutions in Copenhagen and other cities in Denmark. For more information, please contact us via

Key Dates

Code Art Fair: 31 August—2 September 2017

Code on Sunday: 3 September 2017

VIP Preview: 31 August 2017, 12:00 PM-4:00 PM

Official Opening: 31 August 2017, 4:00 PM-8:00 PM

Galleries can apply from 8 February 2017

Early bird application deadline: 4 April 2017

Notes to Editors

Code Art Fair was founded in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2016 with the ambition to create an international art fair in Scandinavia, that could become a platform for leading and emerging contemporary galleries from all over the world. The mission was and still is to bring fascinating and thought-provoking artworks by some of today’s most exciting established and young artists to the vibrant city of Copenhagen. The first edition of Code presented a total of 48 contemporary art galleries representing 13 countries and 22 cities from around the world. Countries represented: Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Sweden, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom and the USA. For its second edition, Code expects an increased number of galleries and participating museums and media. Code Art Fair is an important partner for Cph Art Week.