Paris, 20 February 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
British collector Frank Cohen is putting on sale at Pierre Bergé & Associés a part of his collection. The auction is scheduled for 25 February 2013.
The sale should fetch at least €865,000 and includes works by young artists such as Jonathan Callan, Nathaniel Mellors and Jane Simpson, Ian Monroe, Baker, Armen Eloyan as well as designers Zaha Hadid, Thomas Heatherwick, Ron Arad and Campana brothers. The special highlight of the sale is a sculpture of Frank Cohen himself produced by Japanese artist Suwuki Tomoaki estimated between €4,000 and €6,000. Altogether 143 artworks will be offered on auction. Cohen seems to be turning away from contemporary art. Last year, he declared to The Daily Telegraph: “The world of contemporary art became crazy. There are too many artists or future artists whose prices are artificially elevated”.
Frank Cohen is often called the “Northern Saatchi”, in reference to famous gallery owner of Iraqi origin. Currently, the collector living in Manchester, is interested in British Modern art.
Paris, 18 January 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The Pierre Bergé & Associés auction house organises graciously a charity auction in support of the victims of the Syrian conflict on 21 January evening at the Institut du Monde arabe in Paris.
Dozens of artists from the Arab world — of which a considerable number of women among which Meriem Bouderbala and Lalla Essaydi — have given one or more of their creations: paintings, drawings, photographs… Altogether, 66 artworks have been gathered for the sale and they are exhibited to public from Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 January.
This initiative came from a former journalist of Libération, José Garçon and Agnès Levallois, specialised on the area. “Our idea is double. Make a humanitarian action in aid of the civil victims in Syria to fight indifference. Rally together artists originally from the Arab world to reject the stasis and underline our support to the country”, explained José Garçon, interviewed by the AFP.
According to the AFP, 40% of the sale ‘s revenue will be given to the Fédération internationale des Ligues des Droits de l’Homme (FIDH) for actions in Syria. The rest will be split among three Syrian ONG, mainly in support of medical aid.
Paris, 23 September 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Following the auction house’s creation in 2001 by Pierre Bergé, Pierre Bergé & Associés is now looking to slow down its French activity in order to benefit its antenna in Brussels.
The company will soon be leaving its offices on rue Drouot for a private hotel on avenue Iena. Its vice–president, Frédéric Chambre, explained to the media that there was one sole reason for this relocation: to have a bigger impact in both the modern and contemporary art and design sectors in Brussels. Nevertheless, the auction house wishes to finish its sales already planned at Drouot in 2011. Pierre–François Dayot, previously furniture expert at Sotheby’s, will handle the French clientele.
Pierre Bergé & Associés moved to 12 rue Drouot in 2002 and organises several auctions every month in various specialities, including modern and contemporary art; art deco and design; tribal art; books; jewellery; photography and much more.
Munich, 23 August 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The Karsten Klingbeil Collection is to be auctioned in Brussels and Munich
Karsten Klingbeil was born in Stettin in 1925 and moved to Berlin in 1936. He had always wanted to become a sculptor and finally achieved his dream after selling his construction company in Berlin at the age of 60. He soon started to assemble collections of works and curious objects and, he and his wife, became involved in charities.
Karsten Klingbeil chose to display his pieces in an ambitious private museum with the appropriate scenography. With this collection, he aimed to document the evolution of weapons and armour from the fifth to seventeenth century.
Nevertheless, the collector has finally decided to sell his collection and has chosen two specialised auction houses to organise the sale. The first sale will take place in December 2011 at Pierre Bergé & associés in Brussels. The second auction will occur in June 2012 at Hermann Historica oHG in Munich. More than 600 significant objects will be put up for sale. The items that Klingbeil has been collecting for fifty years include forty sets of armour from various different centuries, as well as 120 helmets, swords, daggers and shields from the seventh century. The event will be the most important sale of ancient weapons and armour since the Château de Hever sale at Sotheby’s London in 1983.