November 11, 2012

Villa Grisebach, Berlin: 200th auction celebrated with seven artworks auctions

Masterpieces of German Expressionism and Twentieth Century Art 
Exceptional Offerings at Grisebach’s Fall Auctions - Inaugural Auction ORANGERIE - Selected Objects From Two Millennia  
At Villa Grisebach Auction House in Berlin, Germany

Villa Grisebach invites to Fasanenstrasse in Berlin to celebrate her 200th auction. From November 28 to December 1, 2012, in seven auctions, each accompanied by a separate catalogue, a total of more than 1,200 works of art with a pre-sale estimate of 17 to 23 million euros will be offered.  

OTTO MUELLER, Zwei Mädchen (Zwei Mädchenakte in Dreiviertelfigur), Circa 1924  
Distemper on burlap. Relined. 120 x 89,5 cm 
Photo Courtesy Grisebach, Berlin

Masterpieces of German Expressionism take the lead with the large-format painting “Zwei Mädchen” by Otto Mueller of 1924 (€ 800,000/1,200,000), Schmidt-Rottluff’s important 1919 double portrait “Frauen am Meer” (€ 400,000/600,000), Max Pechstein’s powerful “Sonnenuntergang am Meer” of 1921 (€ 400,000/600,000), Erich Heckel’s “Blick aufs Meer” at the Flensburg Förde of 1920 (€ 300,000/400,000) and a watercolor, saturated in intensely glowing hues, by Emil Nolde, “Zwei bärtige Männer (Apostel)” (€ 300,000/400,000). 

OTTO DIX, Sonnenaufgang, 1913 
Oil on paper on cardboard. 50,5 x 66 cm
Photo Courtesy Grisebach, Berlin

Another piece of museum quality is “Sonnenaufgang” by Otto Dix (€ 300,000/400,000), created in 1913 it can be seen as an apocalyptic vision of the First World War. Originally in the collection of the Dresden Stadtmuseum, the painting was displayed in the 1937 propaganda show “Degenerate Art.“ Since the 1960s, due to its significance, it has been included in many exhibitions in Germany and abroad. 

WILLI BAUMEISTER, Kessaua statuarisch, 1954 
Oil with resin on masonite. 65 x 81 cm 
Photo Courtesy Grisebach, Berlin

German post-war art is represented by superb works by Willi Baumeister (“Kessaua statuarisch,” 1954,  € 250,000/300,000), Ernst Wilhelm Nay (“Motion,” 1962, € 300,000/400,000), and Emil Schumacher (“Hephatos,” 1959, € 220,000/280,000) leading over to the contemporary art section. 

Here, Andy Warhol’s  large-format “Friedrich der Grosse,” entrusted to Grisebach by the Daimler AG (€ 700,000/1,000,000), and Anselm Kiefer’s “Odin and the World-Ash” (€ 400,000/600,000) take first positions.  

ANDY WARHOL, Friedrich der Grosse, 1986 
Acrylic and screenprint on canvas, 213 x 184 cm
Photo Courtesy Grisebach, Berlin

ANSELM KIEFER, Odin and the World-Ash, 1981 
Oil over woodcut over wove paper on burlap, 170,5 x 190,2 cm 
Photo Courtesy Grisebach, Berlin

On the occasion of Villa Grisebach’s 200th auction the renowed german auction house's program expanded once again: The new department “ORANGERIE” offers selected objects from an Attic stamnos from  the 6th century B.C. (€ 80,000/100,000) to four of Mies van der Rohe’s “MR10” tubular steel chairs of 1927 (€ 10,000/15,000). The 2012 celebrations of Prussian King Frederick the Great’s 300th birthday are reflected in this auction by the rediscovered first marble bust of his descendant, Queen Luise, created by Christian Daniel Rauch in 1804 and believed to be lost until recently (€ 100,000/150,000).

Bernd Schultz: “We are pleased to offer in our 200th auction museum-quality examples of German Expressionism that, in many cases, have not surfaced the market for several decades. The strong offerings in our post-war art section is a sign for the  growing importance of the activities in our contemporary art department. For me, a  personal pleasure is our new department, ORANGERIE, which we designed to entice our clients to collect exceptional objects from ancient times through today.” 

Villa Grisebach's Auction dates 

- 19th Century Art: Wednesday, 28 November 2012, 2:30 pm
Modern and Contemporary Photographs (read previous post): Wednesday, 28 November 2012, 5 pm
- ORANGERIE - Selected Objects: Thursday, 29 November 2012, 11 am
- Selected Works: Thursday, 29 November 2012, 5 pm
- Modern Art: Friday, 30 November 2012, 11 am
- Post-War and Contemporary Art: Friday, 30 November 2012, 2:30 pm
- Benefit Auction for the Max Beckmann Distinguished Visitorship of the American Academy in Berlin: Friday, 30 November 2012, 7 pm
- Third Floor - Estimate up to € 3,000: Saturday, 1 December 2012, 11 AM (Part I) and 2:30 PM (Part II)

All auction catalogues are available at Preview exhibitions will be held in Berlin from November 23 to 27 at three venues at Fasanenstrasse.

Text by Micaela Kapitzky

Villa Grisebach Auktionen GmbH  
Fasanenstrasse 25 • D-10719 Berlin