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Berlin (dpa) - Contemporary art collectors, curators and critics descended on Berlin for the opening of the enlarged tenth anniversary Art Forum show in the German capital Wednesday.
Besides some 1,500 artists, there are 129 galleries from 25 countries participating at the event staged at the Funkturm Fairgrounds.
Sabrina van der Ley, the show's artistic director, talked of the Berlin gallery scene having gone very international in the past decade, and having grown by "leaps and bounds".
With sales rising markedly every year, she claimed the show had become an important contact site in Germany and a "standard setting, pioneer and companion for artist and gallery careers in the international art world".
Berlin had become "the capital of contemporary art in Europe, she said, when noting that at the current Venice Biennial, Berlin had the greatest number of participants.
Besides artists involved, the show also boasts six fine art publishers and 19 different art institutions in the various halls. Among the many galleries represented, 33 are first time participants
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