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Going Once, Going Twice…
Deutsche Bank Supports Benefit Auction for the Kunstforum Seligenstadt

Philip Augustin of the Auction House Döbritz
at the auction

For Sale – the title of Gerhard Sprey’s color photograph could hardly be more appropriate. Together with 48 other works of art, it was auctioned off on November 25 2005; the proceeds are going to the Association "Old House – Galerie Kunstforum Seligenstadt." At the auction in St. Josephshaus, visitors could select their favorite piece from a wide variety of contemporary art works. Many of the works were donated by Deutsche Bank, which, along with its funding of international exhibitions, places high value on the support of regional projects. In addition, private individuals and artists that had already previously exhibited in the gallery offered paintings, drawings, and graphic works up for bidding.

The Kunstforum Seligenstadt was founded in 1987. Since then, the association has been taking care that contemporary art also finds a place in the small historical city on the Main, which is more than 1,000 years old. Today, in addition to the Carolingian Einhard Basilica and the numerous pretty latticework buildings in Seligenstadt, the city’s inhabitants and guests can also experience modern art. In early 2005, the high-caliber exhibition Dialog Skulptur was on show at the Kunstforum and included around 100 selected works from the Deutsche Bank Collection. By juxtaposing the works of international artists such as Max Beckmann, Bruce Nauman, Tony Cragg , and Andrea Zittel, the show traces the relationships between the media of drawing and sculpture to the present day.

Ariane Grigoteit, Director Deutsche Bank Art,
in Seligenstadt

This mutual commitment to art continues. Since last year, the Kunstforum has had to manage without public funding; for this reason, it is increasingly dependent on private and institutional support. Hence, the idea was born to hold an auction to help establish the gallery long-term in the Altes Haus, a carefully restored latticework building from the year 1327. Deutsche Bank already supported the premiere auction with works from its collection, while this year it donated more than half of the auctioned works of art, including the large-scale color lithography Job by Walter Libuda, the Bernd Heisig student who represented Germany in 1990 at the Venice Biennial. On the other hand, the expressive, bright turquoise forms in Veit Hofmann’s silkscreen Z’Urgottland recall the spontaneous "color spot painting" of the Tachists – a bank donation, like Andreas Weishaupt’s gouache of a dilapidated bicycle, an almost monochrome still life in cool blue and grey tones.

The proceeds of the auction under the direction of Philip Augustin from the Frankfurt Auction House Döbritz, together with a generous check from the local Lions’ Club, will enable the gallery to remain in the Altes Haus. Next year, there will be another highlight in the program of the Kunstforum Seligenstadt: an exhibition planned for March will be offering new insight into the Deutsche Bank Collection.