Serpentine Auction to Raise Millions At Sotheby’s

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Works Generously Donated by Artists Including: Gilbert & George, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami Chris Ofili, Richard Prince, Paula Rego and Cindy Sherman are predicted to raise unprecedented funds for the new Serpentine Sackler Gallery on 30 June.


The Serpentine Sackler Gallery, opening in 2012, will be renovated and designed by Pritzker-Prize winning architect Zaha Hadid. It is named in recognition of a transformative lead gift from the Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation. This historic,1805 Grade II listed building in Kensington Gardens (The Magazine), will turn the former munitions store into an innovative public venue for contemporary culture, doubling the Serpentine’s programming space. The Serpentine will present the best emerging international talent from the worlds of art, architecture, dance, design, fashion, film, literature, music, performance, science and technology. Commissioning new work will be at the heart of these programmes.

The Serpentine Gallery will continue to present its current range of pioneering exhibitions of art, architecture and design, for which it has gained an During the Serpentine Gallery’s 41-year history we have had the great honour of working with an ever-growing group of extraordinary artists, architects and designers who have made visionary exhibitions and projects at the Gallery. It is these close relationships that have made the Serpentine what it is today. The Serpentine treasure these friendships that have been built up over many decades and cannot thank enough these leading practitioners for their generosity to this auction in aid of the Serpentine’s expansion. With donations from Brazil, the Caribbean, China, Europe, India, Japan and the United States, these extraordinary works reflect the Gallery’s international programme. These donations, many of which are new works, have been made to enable the Gallery to embark on the creation of a new cultural destination for London. international reputation for excellence. Since it was founded in 1970, it has become one of the best loved galleries for the arts, attracting up to 800,000 visitors in any one year. It is the only publicly funded modern and contemporary art gallery in central London, with cultural learning at it’s heart, to consistently maintain free admission. The Serpentine are immensely indebted to all those who have made this auction possible and significantly to the artists who have donated such remarkable works. Sotheby’s have provided the Serpentine with this unparalleled opportunity and have championed this cause from the outset. We are deeply indebted to them for this invaluable support.

The Serpentine along with the support of Sotheby’s will offer for sale around 40 contemporary works of art by leading international artists. The works have been generously donated by the artists, many of whom have been included in historic one-artist or group exhibitions, in aid of the Serpentine Gallery’s new space, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery which will open in 2012 in Kensington Gardens, a stone’s throw from the Serpentine Gallery.
Artists include: Ron Arad, Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Phyllida Barlow, Matthew Barney, Louise
Bourgeois, Cecily Brown, Glenn Brown, Anthony Caro, John Currin, Thomas Demand, Olafur Eliasson,
Fischli & Weiss, Yang Fudong, Gilbert & George, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Douglas Gordon, Antony
Gormley, Subodh Gupta, Andreas Gursky, N.S. Harsha, Susan Hefuna, Damien Hirst, M.F. Husain, Jitish
Kallat, Anish Kapoor, Ellsworth Kelly, Bharti Kher, Jeff Koons, Yayoi Kusama, Maria Lassnig, Annie
Leibovitz, Takashi Murakami, Shirin Neshat, Chris Ofili, Gabriel Orozco, Richard Prince, Paula Rego,
Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Do-Ho Suh, Wolfgang Tillmans, Gillian
Wearing and Rachel Whiteread.
The building will be fully renovated by Pritzker Prize winning architect Zaha Hadid who will create a new destination for contemporary culture. Plans include an adjoining pavilion to be used as a social space and restaurant, creating a permanent architectural landmark in the heart of London. The Auction takes place

To be sold by Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Day Auction Thursday 30 June
2pm 34–35 New Bond Street London W1A 2AA

Photo: Richard Prince Untitled 2010 Collage and acrylic on canvas 152.4 x 114.3 cm Donated by the artist. Estimate: