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Striking contemporary document by Otto Dix to be auctioned
"Stock Market Gamblers"
Otto Dix
Börsenspekulanten. 1923
Watercolor, India ink, pencil and chalk
59 x 50,8 cm (23.2 x 20 in))
Estimate: € 100.000-150.000
Munich, 4 November, 2013, (kk) – It was in 1923, perhaps even 90 years ago today, that Otto Dix created the outstanding work "Börsenspekulanten". And it may just have been made today, as the issue it touches on is more current than ever. The unique contemporary document will be called up at Ketterer Kunst in context of the auction of "Modern Classics" in Munich on 6 December.
"In the face of the latest financial crisis, the resulting inflation rates and burst bubbles, the theme of Otto Dix's work could not be more up-to-date", said Robert Ketterer.

Otto Dix, one of his days' most important chroniclers, uses his work "Börsenspekulanten" to criticize a group that had lost all sense for the right measure. It is striking how much these times resemble ours: whilst current means of conversation may be more modern and efficient, the will to unceasing growth of wealth by means of speculation is just as strong as it was 90 years ago. And the appearance has not changed much either. The artist lets his post-war gamblers appear like serious businessmen seeking to increase their wealth through the telephone. More generally, from today's perspective the phone seems to add yet another level of interpretation, especially with regards to the recent phonetapping affair. It would seem that people are just as much concerned about economic profit and power as they were then. The question that remains unanswered is whether history always has to necessarily repeat itself.

05/06 November,   Ketterer Kunst               Am Holstenwall 5   20355 Hamburg*
16/17 November   Galerie Barbara
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Auction in Munich

6 December        12:30 p.m.        Modern Art-part II
                             03:00 p.m.       Sidelines of the German Avant-garde
                             04:30 p.m.        Modern Art – part I
7 December        12:00 noon       Post War Art – part II
                             04:00 p.m.       Contemporary Art
                             05:00 p.m.        Post War Art – part I

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