In February 2017, MCH Group acquired a 25.1 percent holding in art.fair International GmbH in Cologne, the organiser of the new art fair ART DÜSSELDORF. 74.9 percent of the company are held by the co-owners Andreas Lohaus and Walter Gehlen. MCH Group has the option of acquiring a majority stake in the next years.
ART DÜSSELDORF will establish itself as new and innovative platform for collectors, gallerists and partners. By selecting Duesseldorf’s Areal Böhler as the venue of ART DÜSSELDORF, the fair has positioned itself at the junction of the Rhineland and the Ruhr Valley: in the heart of a metropolitan region that has ten million inhabitants and is, with regard to art and culture, at the center of one of Western Europe’s most vibrant regions. Responsibility for ART DÜSSELDORF will remain in the hands of the existing team at art.fair International GmbH under the leadership of Andreas Lohaus and Walter Gehlen. ART DÜSSELDORF will take place for the first time from 17 to 19 November 2017 and will be accompanied by its "sister fair" of BLOOOM and the international art competition BLOOOM Award by WARSTEINER.