Announcement - VAN HAM Kunstauktionen

Announcement - VAN HAM Kunstauktionen

Press Release May 2011

Announcement, Sale 300 “Modern Art”

Announcement, Sale 300 “Contemporary Art”

On May 31st 2011

Preview from 25th to the 29th May, 2011

From Solomon Guggenheim’s Bedroom


Highlight in the sale “Modern Art” is once again a major work by Rudolf Bauer from the years 1930 to

1934 (Lot 336/ estimate: € 250,000 - 300,000/ format: 140 x 165cm). Van Ham’s holds two Rudolf Bauer sale

records. A third could now be added to this series. A special feature of the painting “Triptych Symphony

Third Movement No. 134” is the provenance: it comes from Guggenheim’s collection, where it hung in his

private bedroom. In the sale “Contemporary Art” primarily large sculptures are featured as highlights, for

instance an eagle sculpture by Georg Baselitz (Lot 18/ estimate: € 150,000 - 200,000).

Sale „Contemporary Art“

Our highlight is a Georg Baselitz eagle sculpture from 2007. Made from bronze and steel its outstanding size

measures 250 x 80 x 80cm (Lot 18/ estimate: € 150,000 - 200,000). Due to his recognition, Georg Baselitz

continuously showcases new exhibits, most recently in 2010 in Baden- Baden “50 Jahre Malerei und 30 Jahre


In the spring numerous pieces from Sigmar Polke will be called. One of them is a blue interference painting on

paper, estimated at: € 100,000 - 150,000 (Lot 204), among others is a very interesting collection on church window

designs for St. Mary’s Assumption in Wesel on the Rhine (Lots 206- 212/ estimated altogether at: € 8.0000 - 60.000).

Encouraged by the re-construction architect, Karl Wimmenauer, Polke created the window designs of the church

narthex. Wimmenauer was professor for architectural history at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf from 1962 until 1979

where he met Polke, who was studying at the academy from 1961 until 1967. In 1968 Polke’s designs were rejected

by the Art Commission of the Episcopal General Vicariate in Münster, in a statement: They “are… dilletantly playful

and without any artistic meaning.” (The original letter is available by Van Ham). Because Polke’s paintings at the time

were controversial and there were no general discussions about his work as a whole, the decision makers were

incapable of appreciating the artist's profound and witty art.

After Markus Lüpertz had introduced his “Dithyramben” into his symbolic vocabulary at the beginning of the

1960’s, he focused on simple and ordinary objects. An interesting painting from this time period is “Dachpfanne” by

Markus Lüpertz. The painting is 146 x 146cm in size and estimated at € 40,000 - 60,000 (Lot 145). An outstanding

informal work is the painting by Peter Brüning. The piece “Untitled” from 1960/61 is 120 x 145cm in size and will

be called at: € 40,000 - 60,000 (Lot 31).

Of great interest is also an early assemblage by Antoni Tàpies: “Forma verde sobre negro”, 1962 (Lot 266/ estimated

at: €70,000 - 100,000).

Thomas Rentmeister is rarely represented on the auction market. With this said, three of his sculptures with

fascinatingly shiny surfaces will be called by Van Ham. The largest sculpture is estimated at: € 15,000 - 20,000

(Lot 220). The slightly smaller, nevertheless due to his variety of curves very decorative object measures 38 x 124 x

97cm and is available for: € 10,000 - 15,000 (Lot 221). It was last displayed at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

in Rotterdam. Today, Rentmeister is professor in Braunschweig and will be showing a large exhibition in the fall in the

Kunstmuseum Bonn.

Bei Rückfragen Van Ham Kunstauktionen KG Beirat

Kristina Echterling Schönhauser Str. 10-16 Wilhelm Karl Prinz von Preußen

Öffentlichkeitsarbeit 50968 Köln (Vorsitzender)

Prof. Ottmar Braun (Sprecher)

Tel. +49 (221) 92 58 62-81 Tel. +49 (221) 92 58 62-0 Prof. Dr. Albert Mayer Fax +49 (221) 92 58 62-4 USt-ID Nr. DE 122 771 785 HRA Köln 375


A cherished subject at Van Ham is: ZERO. The large-scale mirror object from Adolf Luther from 1981, consists of

602 square, blue tinted mirrors, which are arranged in a concave arch set in a cabinet frame (Lot 154/ estimate:

€ 25,000 - 35,000 | size: 87.5 x 16.5 cm). Also in the program: Lucio Fontana. From his “Concetto spaziale –

Teatrino” three pieces have been selected, “rosso”, “nero” and “blanco” (Lot 56/ estimated: € 25,000 - 30,000|

Multiples from a 6-part series). Seldom are three pieces from the same series offered altogether. The plaster object

“Weiße Struktur” from Gerhard von Graevenitz is available for: € 10,000 - 15,000 (Lot 78).

Also among the collection is a celebrity: The watercolour “Schädel, Urschlitten und Bewusstseinszeichen” from

Joseph Beuys was exhibited last year in the largest Beuys exhibition at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in

Düsseldorf (Lot 25/ estimate: € 20,000 - 30,000) which significantly indicates the great role watercolours and

drawings played in his oeuvre.

As usual Van Ham will present an extensive offer of graphic prints by Andy Warhol (Lots 293-310). A rare screen

print “Hesse” will be sold for € 25,000- 30,000 as well as “Freud”, “Goethe” and “Truck”. Furthermore, all existing

versions of the Cologne Cathedral will be called: the 4-sheet series (estimate: € 25,000 - 30,000), a trial proof

(estimate: € 20,000 - 30,000) and the black-in-black version (estimate: € 6,500 - 8,500).

Sale “Modern Art”

Raoul Dufy was a French painter from Fauvism. From April 14th until June 26th 2011, an exhibition in Paris at the

Museum Marmottan Monet will be dedicated to him: “Raoul et Jean Dufy – Complicité et rupture”. In spring one of

his works, Falaise from 1902, is offered by Van Ham for € 50,000 - 80,000 (Lot 388).

Three paintings by Lesser Ury are included in the sale. One of the paintings “Unter den Linden”, depicts a view of

the university (Lot 538/ estimate: € 80,000 - 120,000), the other painting depicts the Brandenburg Gate

(Lot 539/ estimate: € 30,000 - 40,000).

In the art market there is much demand for Emil Noldes’ watercolours, of which two will be offered. His Red Peonies

are available for: € 80,000 - 120,000 (Lot 487). A few years earlier, in 1917, there was a beautiful watercolour from

Helga and Eva Goerger painted by Otto Müller (Lot 486/ estimate: € 40,000 - 50,000). The watercolour from

George Grosz depicts a women’s hair salon and was exhibited at the Alfred Flechtheim Gallery in 1926 (Lot 409/

estimate: € 80,000 - 120,000). Via the Stettin Museum it was eventually given to a private family collection in the

Rhineland. At the moment there is a Max Liebermann exhibition “Wegbereiter der Moderne” at the

Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn (from April 21st until September 11th 2011). A summerly pastel done by the artist,

“Blumenterrasse im Wannseegarten”, is available for € 50,000 - 70,000 and will not only impress Berlin lovers

(Lot 444). Until recently it hung in the Liebermann’s villa at the Wannsee lake.

Top lot among the sculptures is “Allegro” by Georg Kolbe (Lot 437/ estimate: € 80,000 - 120,000). It is one of rare

pieces which were cast during the artist’s lifetime and exported to the United States of America before the Second

World War.

Further Information

You will find a fully illustrated online catalogue in English on our homepage Furthermore,

you find this article as word document under „Presseservice“. For pictoral data please contact us.

Van Ham Fine Art Auctions is a family business, founded in 1959, and currently in the second generation managed by Markus

Eisenbeis as general partner. In 2010 a turnover of € 24 million was achieved. This made Van Ham one of the leading auction houses

in Germany, conducting circa 12 internationally acknowledged sales each year in which new world sales records are regularly


Sales are conducted in following categories:

Fine Art | European Applied Arts and Jewelry | Modern Art | Contemporary Art | Photography | Carpets | Decorative Art

Bei Rückfragen Van Ham Kunstauktionen KG Beirat

Kristina Echterling Schönhauser Str. 10-16 Wilhelm Karl Prinz von Preußen

Öffentlichkeitsarbeit 50968 Köln (Vorsitzender)

Prof. Ottmar Braun (Sprecher)

Tel. +49 (221) 92 58 62-81 Tel. +49 (221) 92 58 62-0 Prof. Dr. Albert Mayer Fax +49 (221) 92 58 62-4 USt-ID Nr. DE 122 771 785 HRA Köln 375

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