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Preiview of the Ahrenshoop art auctions on 3 August 2024

Strandhalle and Kunstkaten
Ahrenshoop, GER
12.7. - 2.8.2024

50th anniversary of the Ahrenshoop art auctions on 3 August 2024

Preview of the auction from 12 July to 2 August 2024 in the Baltic seaside resort of Ahrenshoop.

On 3 August 2024, the “Ahrenshoop Art Auction” will take place for the 50th time in the Strandhalle in Ahrenshoop – a small anniversary! In addition to the summer auction, there will also be a winter auction in the anniversary year. The works of art for sale can be previewed daily from 12 July 2024 at the Kunstkaten and the Strandhalle Ahrenshoop.

When the first “Ahrenshoop Print Auction” took place in 1972, nobody could have guessed that this format would one day become an event firmly anchored in the tradition of Ahrenshoop as a centre for artists.

The beginnings in 1972 were, unthinkable today, sympathetically improvised. In the first auctions, the art was still hung on washing lines. The fun factor was clearly in the foreground. At that time, only prints by artists from the GDR were auctioned.
The response was tremendous and the summer auction evening quickly established itself as a regular event.

In the 1970s, this initially private initiative quickly became the focus of the Kulturbund, which was present in Ahrenshoop, and the State Art Trade of the GDR, which placed the Ahrenshoop Print Auction under its umbrella – but without ever influencing its content.

With the fall of communism, everything changed and the state art trade and the cultural association ceased to exist. So an association in the town tried to keep this popular summer event alive. After a few attempts in the early 1990s, the auction was actually cancelled for two years – hence the 50th anniversary year in 2024. From 1998, the Berlin collector and publisher Günther Roese took the initiative and revitalised this summer auction format. He changed the name to “Ahrenshoop Art Auctions” and focussed on the entire artistic spectrum of the Ahrenshoop artists’ colony, the subsequent classical modernism and art from the GDR.

At this time, paintings, drawings, collages, watercolours and sculptures that were particularly associated with the artists’ colony and Ahrenshoop were auctioned off in the “Ahrenshoop Art Auctions”. The search for suitable objects often turned into a veritable research project, in which new names, connections and stories kept coming to light.
With Robert Dämmig, who made an even more specific selection of the works of art to be auctioned and initiated the introduction of a second auction, the “Ahrenshooper Winter Auction” in 2017, a generational change in the management of the “Ahrenshooper Kunstauktionen” took place in 2013.

The auctions attract national attention. They are accompanied by elaborately researched catalogues and offer an excellent overview of the art of the artists’ colonies. In addition to Ahrenshoop, the auction also focuses on the neighbouring artists’ colonies in the north, such as Schwaan, Hiddensee, Nidden (East Prussia), Usedom and Worpswede.

The “Ahrenshoop Art Auctions” have been instrumental in helping to build up the collection of the Ahrenshoop Art Museum, which opened in 2013. They support museums and art historians with research, arrange loans for museum exhibitions and develop important exhibition concepts on their own initiative.

Preview of the auction
12 July to 2 August 2024, daily from 10:00 to 18:00
Kunstkaten Ahrenshoop, Strandweg 1
Ahrenshoop beach hall, Dorfstraße 16 b
Admission €4, free admission with auction catalogu

3 August 2024, 19.00 hrs
Strandhalle Ahrenshoop, Dorfstraße 16b
Admission: 5.30 pm

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Bernhard Heisig, Painter’s summer in the village, 1990, 920 x 720 mm
Rudolf Bartels, Lantern Children, 1922, oil on cardboard, 425 x 525 mm