200 Years of Kunstverein in Hamburg

9/14/2017, 7 pm (Admittance: 6 pm)
Preview: 9/11 – 9/13/2017, noon – 9 pm

Auction catalogue available for download (PDF)

The Kunstverein in Hamburg is celebrating its 200th anniversary and takes a look back on a long and eventful history during which it not only crucially contributed to establishing and shaping art activities in Hamburg, but also made a lasting impact both nationally and internationally. To honor this occasion and to secure the next 200 years of the Kunstverein in Hamburg, an anniversary auction will be held on September 14.

Numerous artists, who are closely associated with the Kunstverein and have exhibited here, have contributed a work to the auction. Over the past decades, many deep connections have been established that stand for the institution’s national and international appeal and also for its early support of experimental art. Today we discover tomorrow’s Caspar David Friedrichs and present them to a dedicated audience. The Kunstverein’s success story was only made possible through the extraordinary civic engagement of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Even after 200 years, the basic parameters have not really changed, for it is still the case in 2017 that without civic commitment, the Kunstverein cannot sufficiently fulfill its mission.

The aim of the anniversary auction is to make an important contribution to funding the artistic program in the coming years and enhance the infrastructure existing since 1993 that has to be successively renewed. This auction is necessary for the Kunstverein to continue its high-standard work in the coming years as well. Without populist ambitions, we would like to keep providing a space of potentiality for artistic experimentation and discourse.

The auction is supported on a voluntary basis by Sotheby‘s Germany.
Auctioneer: Dr. Philipp Herzog von Württemberg, Chairman Sotheby’s Europe

A registration form for placing written bids or bids by phone is available HERE.

Written bids until: 9/14/2017, noon
Bids by phone until: 9/13/2017

For the registration of written bids or bids by phone and further questions and information on the individual works, please contact Ms Anjuta zu Schlewig-Holstein:

List of Artists
Jan Albers, Michael Bauch, Nina Beier, Joseph Beuys, Alexandra Bircken, Karla Black, Christoph Blawert, Monica Bonvicini, Birgit Brenner, Michael Conrads, Henrik Eiben, Maria Eichhorn, Geoffrey Farmer, Katharina Fritsch, Liam Gillick, Ivo Hauptmann, Katie Holten, Arthur Illies, Stefan Kern, Jonathan Meese, Andreas Mühe, Olaf Nicolai, Meret Oppenheim, Lisa Oppenheim, C.O. Paeffgen, Jorge Pardo, Raymond Pettibon, Bernhard Prinz, Josephine Pryde, Tobias Rehberger, Daniel Richter, Michael Riedel, Pipilotti Rist, Armin Sandig, Wilhelm Sasnal, Norbert Schwontkowski, Andreas Slominski, Paul Spengemann, Thomas Struth, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Gert und Uwe Tobias, David Tremlett, Franz Erhard Walther, Christopher Williams, Ralf Ziervogel

We cordially thank the artists and their galleries for their generous response. We also thank Dr. Philipp von Württemberg and Dr. Katharina zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and their colleagues at Sotheby’s Deutschland for their voluntary work, as well as Anjuta zu Schleswig-Holstein who has substantially supported this auction with great circumspection and commitment. Moreover, we extend our gratefulness to André Karwath of Berlichingen Steuerberatungsgesellschaft, and all the supporters who in many different ways have made this auction possible.


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