The June 4th evening sale is divided into two sectionsin part because of the remarkably successful acquisition within the contemporary segmentwith two corresponding catalogs: Selected Works and Contemporary Art.
Works presented in the section of modern art span from important examples of German Impressionism and Expressionism to art made during the postwar era. Paula Modersohn-Becker is represented with two spectacular paintings: a rare Self-Portrait with Yellow Wreath circa 1901 (estimate of 200,000/300,000) and an atmospheric still life entitled White Roses in Front of the Studio Window estimated at 100,000/150,000. One hundred years ago, Max Liebermann moved into his summer residence at Wannsee in Berlin. A depiction of the artists renowned garden (The Kitchen Garden at Wannsee Toward Northeast) is up for auction with an estimate of 100,000/150,000. A jewel coming up for auction is Franz Marcs color-intensive work Red and Blue Horse from 1912, whose works such as this are extremely rare and highly sought after. A study for the painting belonging to the Lenbachhaus in Munich, the mixed technique applied in Marcs Red and Blue Horse has never been offered on the art market. Coming from a private collection in Munich, the work is estimated at 150,000/200,000. Further remarkable highlights are by, among others, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Gabriele Münter, and Otto Mueller. Outstanding is furthermore Alexej von Jawlenskys impressive, large-format Abstract Head: Last Irradiance from 1931, which is estimated at 250,000/350,000. A significant convolute of expressionistic graphic works includes extremely rare incunables from the early period of Brücke Expressionism by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel, Karl Schmidt-Rotluff, and Emil Nolde. Among the notable offering of sculptures is Gerhard Marcks famous Swimmer II (estimate of 70,000/90,000) of which another example is currently included in the new exhibition of the permanent collection at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin.
The evening sale Contemporary Art commences with Konrad Klaphecks large-format bell motif Four Life Styles from 1962 (estimate of 100,000/150,000) and different works by Günther Uecker, for example, Clock from 1969 with an estimate of 150,000/200,000, and works such as Skinned from 1970/71 by Gotthard Graubner (estimate of 50,000/70,000). The 1980s are well-represented by Albert Oehlens powerful painting O.T. from 1988 (estimate of 150,000/200,000) and Per Kirkebys widely exhibited Hest from 1981 (estimate of 120,000/160,000). Gerhard Richter is present with three paintings: Grey from 1974 (estimate of 80,000/100,000), Abstract Study from 1988 (estimate of 70,000/90,000) and Abstract Painting from 2004 (estimate of 300,000/400,000). Concurrently with the grand exhibitions honoring the fiftieth birthday of Neo Rauch in Leipzig and Munich, Villa Grisebach is offering Rauchs large scale painting Main Building from 1997 (estimate of 200,000/300,000). The evening sale ends with Olafur Eliassons sculpture 3D Fivefold Symmetry from 2001 (estimate of 60,000/80,000) as well as major works by Anselm Reyle, Daniel Richter, and Dirk Skreber.
Villa Grisebachs traditional preview exhibition with selected works tours to Hamburg via Dortmund, Zurich, Düsseldorf, and Munich from May 6th through May 26th, 2010. For the first time, all works from the contemporary art evening sale will be exhibited at Villa Grisebach in Berlin from May 3rd through May 27th, 2010. Hereby, the auction house intends to emphasize the continuously growing significance of Berlin as a center of contemporary art. Beginning on May 29th, all works of Villa Grisebachs spring auctions can be viewed at Fasanenstraße 25, 28, and 73. Additionally, the five auction catalogs are available online at www.villa-grisebach.com