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Munich June Auctions with XXL Contemporary Art
Tony Cragg
Point of View
Bronze with black-brown patina, 2002
104.3 x 57 x 90.5 inches
Estimate: € 300.000-400.000
Victor Vasarely
Acrylic on canvas, 1977
78.7 x 78.7 inches
Estimate: € 200 000 - 300 000
Munich, 3 May 2018 (kk) - They are simply breathtaking - and that is on two accounts - as the around 40 artworks by acclaimed artists such as Tony Cragg, Robert Rauschenberg and Victor Vasarely are striking for both their quality and their size. With dimensions of up to 3.5 by nearly 5 meters (137.7 x 195 inches), the colossal masterpieces will be called up at Ketterer Kunst in Munich as part of the auction from 7-9 June with estimates ranging between € 3,000 and 400,0000.

The array is led by Tony Cragg's giant bronze "Point of View" with the most remarkable dimensions, making it the artist's biggest sculpture ever offered at auction in the German language region***. The massive sculpture from the artist's late period of creation wavers between abstraction and biomorphism in unique manner. It explores the boundaries of abstraction and materiality, as well as the realms of free design and figurative associations. The spacious work with its stunning presence leads the sculpture section with an estimate of € 300,000-400,000.

Robert Rauschenberg's "County Sweep (Galvanic Suite)" will enter the race with an estimate of € 250,000-350,000. The mixed media work with dimensions of 123 x 305 cm (48.4 x 120 inches) is impressive, however, not only for its imposing length. It is a prime example of Rauschenberg's silkscreen paintings from the 1980s, which he transfers onto large mirroring metal surfaces. Conserving and transforming reality, this panorama work, which appeals to the observer's socio-political conscience, is a fascinating document of how nothing in Rauschenberg's art is incidental, while everything is possible.

Next to Katharina Grosse, who is represented with two large-size works up to 280,5 cm (110.4 inches) wide and with estimates of up to € 120,000), Victor Vasarely hypnotizes the observer with his "Dauve" from 1977. The 2 x 2 meter (78.7 x 78.7 inches) acrylic work with an intriguing dynamic spherical shape takes us to another dimension for an estimate price of € 200,000-300,000.

Big Art Small Prices
The auction also offers large sizes at relatively small prices. Estimates for the largest works are in four- and five-digit realms: While Markus Oehlen's "Mala Fama" with dimensions of 350 x 250 cm (137.7 x 98.4 inches) has been estimated at € 12,000-15,000, Armin Boehm's 210 x 300 cm (82.6 x 118.1 inches) big "Birkenwald II" can be obtained for € 3,000-5,000.

Besides the 240 x 200 cm (94.4 x 78.7 inches) large teamwork "Seiltänzer (Diptychon)" from Salomé (that is Wolfgang Cihlarz) and Luciano Castelli (estimate: € 15,000-20,000), two similarly big works from Rainer Fetting (estimates from € 25,000) promise exciting bidding races.

Other striking works cone from artists such as Norbert Bisky, Martin Eder, Günther Fruhtrunk, A.R. Penck, Georg Karl Pfahler, Fred Thieler and Lambert Maria Wintersberger.

Further significant, however, less spacious works in the auction come from, among others, Ernst Barlach, Lovis Corinth, Otto Dix, Lyonel Feininger, Conrad Felixmüller, Günther Förg, Karl Hofer, Alexej von Jawlensky, Gustav Klimt, Max Liebermann, August Macke, Roberto Matta, Gabriele Münter, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Emil Nolde, Hermann Max Pechstein, Pablo Picasso, Sigmar Polke, Egon Schiele, Fred Thieler, Alfons Walde and, of course, Andy Warhol (see separate press release).

May 3/5           Ketterer Kunst Holstenwall 5,  20355 Hamburg*
May 8-10         Galerie von Vertes Bahnhofstrasse 16,  8001 Zuerich, CH*
May 15/16       Galerie Schwind Fahrgasse 8 ,  60311 Frankfurt*
May 18-21       Ketterer Kunst Malkastenstr. 11,  40211 Düsseldorf*
May 25-31        Ketterer Kunst Fasanenstr. 70,  10719 Berlin*
June 2-8           Ketterer Kunst Joseph-Wild-Str. 18,  81829 Munich**
* selected works ** all works *** source:

Theme Nights
May 23, 7-8 p. m. Ketterer Kunst Berlin "Fred Thieler: Malen als Antwort auf die Welt"
Introduction by Sigrid Melchior M.A., art historian and author of Fred Thieler's catalog raisonné

June 4, 6 – 7 p. m. Ketterer Kunst Munich "Gerhard Richters Unikate in Serie"
Introduction by Hubertus Butin, author, curator and Gerhard Richter‘s former assistant, as well as publisher of the new catalog raisonné of Gerhard Richter‘s editions

Auctions in Munich
June 7-9       Modern Art / Post War Art /Contemporary Art

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