PIN. Party 2019: Silent Auction takes off at Germany’s biggest charity auction

MUNICH - Germany’s biggest charity auction in favor of culture and the arts reached top results on Saturday (23 November): Nearly one Million Euro was raised in favor of new acquisitions and the realization of exhibitions and educative projects in Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne and Museum Brandhorst.

Gallery owners, collectors and well-known artists from all over the world had submitted a total of 60 works to be sold during the 17th PIN. Party. After short welcoming notes by Dorothée Wahl (President of the association PIN. Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne e.V.), Prof. Dr. Bernhard Maaz (General Director of the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen) and Bernd Sibler (Bavarian Minister of State for Science and the Arts), 28 of these works were brought under the hammer by Lydia Fenet, Manageing Director at CHRISTIE'S New York.

Miwa Ogasawara’s "Kosmos" achieved a top result of 35,000 Euros.“Iris“ by ZERO-artist Otto Piene was sold for 55,000 Euros. Ulrike Rosenbach’s "Art is a Criminal Action", a diasec quoting an iconic theme by Andy Warhol, was sold for more than twice the gallery price.

Under the supervision of Dr. Rupert Keim (KARL & FABER art auctions), a Silent Auction came to notable results (over 250.000 Euro). The work "Rupprecht Geiger 90" by the artist of the same name reached the highest bid in the Silent Auction with 15,000 Euros (more than three times the gallery price). Two vintage photographs of NASA's Apollo 15 and Apollo 16 missions were sold for twice their gallery price (17,500 Euros).

„Once again, we are beyond grateful for the impressive support of our artists, gallerists and collectors. Without them, it would be impossible to put up an event of this significance and vibrance", says PIN-president Dorothée Wahl. “The significant financial outcome of this auction will help us to improve our educative programs. With this money, we can now conceive to set up further projects in order to make our museums even more attractive to visitors", adds Dr. Angelika Nollert (Director, Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum).

This year, around 800 invited guests with various backgrounds - politics, business, culture, the arts or media - danced the night away in the museum's spectacular entrance hall.

The donations raised in favor of the Pinakothek der Moderne and the Museum Brandhorst at yearly PIN. Parties support new art acquisitions, ambitious exhibitions and educative projects.

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Photos: Daniel Grund & Hannes Rohrer