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Kunsthalle Zurich holds a charity auction at Christie's; raises £2,447,000 for new home
Rosemarie Trockel, Surprise. Wool and food colouring on canvas, 300 x 300 cm. Executed in 2012. Donated by the artist. ©Rosemarie Trockel, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2012.

LONDON.- Following a charity auction at Christie’s in London on 28 June 2012, 2,447,000 pounds sterling in auction proceeds and 250,000 pounds in the form of a generous donation by Christie’s will be paid to the Kunsthalle Zürich as a contribution to its share of the purchase price of the Löwenbräukunst-Areal, the Kunsthalle Zürich's now permanent home.

The outstanding works were donated to the Kunsthalle Zürich by artists involved in over 27 years of exhibition history at the institution. The works were presented for viewing at an exhibition entitled “Looking Back for the Future”, which was staged at the Kunsthalle Zürich from 10 to 17 June.

Christie’s added an additional gift of 250,000 pounds sterling to the generous contribution made by the artists. Hence, the total sum to be received by the Kunshalle Zürich is 4 million Swiss Francs.

The foundation stone for the Kunsthalle Zürich’s new home was laid in 2010, the 25th anniversary of its establishment. After years of uncertainty and moves from one temporary premises to another, the Kunsthalle Zürich can now look forward to a secure future in the optimal design and structural conditions of its permanent new premises. The future of the Löwenbräukunst-Areal is secure thanks to a unique public-private partnership between the City of Zurich, the Migros-Genossenschaft-Bund and the Kunsthalle Zürich Foundation as the joint owners of this unique art complex.

The Kunsthalle Zürich’s regular exhibition programme will resume at the newly constructed and renovated premises from late August 2012 with exhibitions by Wolfgang Tillmans and Helen Marten.

The artists who contributed works for the Kunsthalle Zürich’s charity auction include: Darren Almond, John M Armleder, Kerstin Brätsch, Valentin Carron, Verne Dawson, Thomas Demand, Peter Doig, Trisha Donnelly, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Isa Genzken, Liam Gillick, Rodney Graham, Andreas Gursky, WadeGuyton, Georg Herold, Sean Landers, Elad Lassry, Sherrie Levine, Sarah Lucas, John Miller, Sarah Morris, Gabriel Orozco, Laura Owens, Philippe Parreno, Manfred Pernice, Richard Phillips, Seth Price, Richard Prince, Neo Rauch, Anselm Reyle, Pipilotti Rist, Thomas Ruff, Wilhelm Sasnal, Adrian Schiess, Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, Andreas Slominski, Josh Smith, Reena Spaulings, Rudolf Stingel, Jessica Stockholder, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rosemarie Trockel, Keith Tyson, Kelley Walker, Rebecca Warren, Christopher Williams, Doug Aitken, Allora & Calzadilla, Kai Althoff, George Condo, Nicole Eisenman, Elmgreen & Dragset, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Pierre Huyghe, Annette Kelm, Karen Kilimnik, Terence Koh, Olivier Mosset, Albert Oehlen, Walid Raad, Elaine Sturtevant, Nicola Tyson, Jordan Wolfson.

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