Welcome to Art & Design

Highlights at the Book Fair: Art, Design, Photography, Architecture in Hall 4.1.


  • In Hall 4.1 more than 300 exhibitors and all sorts of interesting people come together: publishers, museum and photo agency representatives, booksellers, designers, collectors, art enthusiasts, writers and many others.


  • Spotlight on photography books: the most innovative actors in this sector present their publications. The presentation is accentuated by a supporting programme that includes tours and events pertaining to new developments in the photograühy and photography book markets.


  • The DAM Architectural Book Award is awarded every year by the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM), the German Architecture Museum. You can find the shortlist and winning titles at the DAM stand in Hall 4.1. This is also where the most renowned architectural publishers in the world can be found.

Book layout and design

  • The Stiftung Buchkunst displays its award-winning titles from the German and international competitions. The exhibition is rounded off with an event programme for designers, typographers, publishers and students.

  • Beauty and the Book invites all fair visitors to vote for the most beautifully designed book. The award ceremony will be hel on the Saturday during the fair.

Independent publishers

  • Small? - Innovative and successful! In this hall, you'll come across numerous independent publishers from the German-speaking world and will discover exciting and surprising content beyond the mainstream. The Kurt Wolff Stiftung and the Arbeitskreis der Jungen Verlage present readings by independent publishers, where you can discover your new favourite authors.


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This year hall 4.1 is a new fair within Frankfurt Book Fair: THE ARTS+ is home to the culture and creative scene, to publishers, museum and photo agency representatives, booksellers, designers, collectors, art enthusiasts, writers and many others. THE ARTS+ is the platform for exchanging new business developments.

The area offers exhibition space, a salon for exclusive talks, a lab for interactive formats, a catwalk-stage for presentations and performances and the stylish Monocle-Café.
Learn more about THE ARTS+ here

Moon - collaborative project of the artists Ai Weiwei and Olafur Eliasson

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Collaborative project "Moon" is brought to Frankfurt Book Fair 2016. “The instant a touch is made, things are set in motion. Make a drawing to reach out and be touched. Drawing together we are drawn together. This is how we make a difference in the world, on micro and macro levels, individually and collectively. By connecting in spaces for imagination – by determining what to share and how to share it – we can create a greater outcome.” This is how Ai Weiwei and Olafur Eliasson describe the idea behind the collective imagination project changing the future.

In order to stage the “Moon” at Frankfurter Buchmesse, Netherlands and Flanders (the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair’s guest of honour) teamed up with THE ARTS+ and Studio Olafur Eliasson. “This is what we’re sharing” is the 2016 motto of the book fair’s guest of honour, thus artists from the region were approached to ask them to draw or write on the virtual moon and share their wishes with future generations.

The results of the collaboration will be shown in 9 short video clips to 2,500 guests at the book fair’s prestigious opening – among them members of the royal families of Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as politicians, writers, publishers and artists.

Studio Olafur Eliasson will also set up a Moon drawing booth in the exhibition area THE ARTS+, where everybody can take part in this collective and inter-terrestrial art experiment.

Visit moonmoonmoonmoon.com to make a drawing. Tag it with #FBM16 to join the community!

Become an exhibitor or organise an event

Contact us!

You want to exhibit in this area or cooperate with us?
Click here for the team of the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Target groups

Industry professionals

  • Rights representatives from publishing houses (international)
  • Sales representatives (international, particularly from the Asian region)
  • Booksellers, buyers from museums and libraries
  • Desgners, architects, photographers, illustrators, graphic designers
  • Students in the fields of book design, illustration, photography, architecture, etc.
  • Art collectors, gallerists, curators

Ultimate audience

  • Literary-minded audience
  • Bibliophile audience
  • Book lovers and collectors

Home of the arts at the Frankfurt Book Fair

The Beauty and the Book Award

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In 2016, the Beauty and the Book Award was presented for the third time. We were overwhelmed by the amount of entries and will repeat the competition in 2017. Do you think YOUR favourite book is the most beautiful one? Submissions are possible starting spring 2017 at www.beautyandbook.com. Be there in October when the winner is announced live on stage at the Frankfurt Book Fair!

Media Partner

The Frankfurt Book Fair is a member of the Foundation "German Design Council"