Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Two in One

Ann Demeester, director of De Appel and Nicolaus Schafhausen, director of Witte de With jointly present, in collaboration with Christie's Amsterdam: Two in One a benefit auction of more than 100 works by internationally acclaimed contemporary artists to benefit new projects.

The collaboration between de Appel, Witte de With and Christie's is unique within the Netherlands. In addition to the need to keep the institutions vital in a changing socio-economic landscape, it is just as much a call to shake hands at the institutional level on a regular basis.

Moreover, this benefit auction offers a rare retrospective view of Witte de With's and de Appel's ongoing commitment to contemporary art, as the list of artists involved traces the rich, international networks and trajectories forged by both institutions for over three decades.

Both institutions thus take this opportunity to thank the following artists who have shown their trust in their programming by so generously donating unique works of art for this fundraising initiative:

Marina Abramović, Lara Almarcegui, Carlos Amorales, Tiong Ang, Atelier van Lieshout, Sven Augustijnen, John Baldessari, Stephan Balkenhol, Thomas Bayrle, Charif Benhelima, Michael Beutler, Guillaume Bijl, Marc Bijl, Pierre Bismuth, Henning Bohl, Tobias Buche, Yael Davids, Mariana Castillo Deball, Edith Dekyndt, Honoré d'O, Elspeth Diederix, Stan Douglas, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Elmgreen & Dragset, Marius Engh, Jan Fabre, Geoffrey Farmer, Ian Forsyth & Jane Pollard, Michel François, Peter Friedl, Meschac Gaba, Dora García, Isa Genzken, Jef Geys, Liam Gillick, David Goldblatt, Tue Greenfort, Katharina Grosse, Andreas Gursky, Sascha Hahn, Ni Haifeng, Henrik Håkansson, Jeanne van Heeswijk & Martin Winters, Pieter Hugo, William Hunt, Runa Islam, Christian Jankowski, Gerald van der Kaap, Ilya / Emilia Kabakov, Annette Kelm, Joachim Koester, Terence Koh, Joseph Kosuth, Zofia Kulik, Louise Lawler, Henrietta Lehtonen, Gabriel Lester, Erik van Lieshout, David Lieske, Rudy Luijters, Ken Lum, Jill Magid, David Maljkovic, Mark Manders, Jonathan Meese, Bjarne Melgaard, Alberto de Michele, Gareth Moore, Damian Moppett, Sarah Morris, Carsten Nicolaï, Willem Oorebeek, Ulrike Ottinger, Vanessa Jane Phaff, Henrik Plenge Jakobsen, Bik Van der Pol, Ulay, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Hannah Rickards, De Rijke/ De Rooij, Martha Rosler, Jan Rothuizen, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Julião Sarmento, Markus Schinwald, Carolee Schneemann, Gregor Schneider, Efrat Shvily, Nedko Solakov, Matt Stokes, An Te Liu, Jennifer Tee, Grazia Toderi, Salla Tykka, Kostis Velonis, Francesco Vezzoli, Barbara Visser, Silke Wagner, Richard T. Walker, Ian Wallace, Lawrence Weiner, Tobias Zielony.

Take the Money and Run
At the location where Wies Smals initiated de Appel in 1974, thirty artists are reflecting within the context of the auction, upon the relationship between the economic and the symbolic value of art. The artists have been invited to make a new work on A4, in which the changed value system within the art world in these times of financial crisis is being brought up for discussion. After being exhibited, the conceptual works, texts, drawings, promises, understatements, ideas, visions and performances will be part of the Two in One auction. The project is an empathetic critique from within, in which de Appel and the artists assume the simultaneous role of contemporary collaborator and critical inquirer.

Participating artists: Sven Augustijnen, Maria Barnas, Erick Beltrán, Barbara Bloom, Monica Bonvicini, Daniel Buren, Maurizio Cattelan, Marlene Dumas, Coleen Fitzgibbon and Robin Winters, Claire Fontaine, Meschac Gaba, Dora García, Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Jens Haaning, Christian Jankowski, Job Koelewijn, Harrie de Kroon, Louise Lawler, Ahmet Ögüt, Roman Ondák, Tomo Savić-Gecan, Sean Snyder, Nedko Solakov, Mladen Stilinović, Apolonija Šušteršić, Lawrence Weiner, YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES.

Curators: Danila Cahen, Nell Donkers and Edna van Duyn i.c.w. Ann Demeester