Sale: 545 / Evening Sale, Dec. 08. 2023 in Munich Lot 20

Per Kirkeby
Ohne Titel, 2011.
Oil on canvas
€ 150,000 - 250,000

$ 157,500 - 262,500

Ohne Titel. 2011.
Oil on canvas.
Monogrammed and dated on the reversse. 200 x 160 cm (78.7 x 62.9 in). [JS].

• Kirkeby's painting conveys atmospherically condensed landscape impressions and gains inspiration from nature and the landscape painting of Romanticism.
• This powerful and radiant colorfulness is very rare in Kirkeby's ouevre.
• Large-format paintings in radiant colors from this creative period are considered the artist's most sought-after works.
• The exhibition "Wildnis" at Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt a. Main (2018), featured Kirkeby's work alongside works by Max Ernst, Henri Rousseau, Giorgia O'Keeffe, and Gerhard Richter.
• Kirkeby's paintings are in renowned museums like the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Tate Modern, London, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

PROVENANCE: Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne (directly from the artist, with the label on the stretcher).
Private collection Germany.

EXHIBITION: Per Kirkeby. Maler-Forscher-Bildhauer-Poet, MKM Museum Küppermühle, Duisburg March 16 - May 28, 2012, fig. p. 133.
Kirkeby. Epiphany, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, September 7 - December 30, 2012, fig. p. 30.

"I understand my paintings as a summation of structures. A sedimentation of razor-thin layers. [..] But what is striking is that the underlying structure always breaks through, even if a new layer has a completely different motif and color."
Per Kirkeby, ex. cat. Tate Modern, London et al, 2009/10, p. 10

Called up: December 8, 2023 - ca. 17.38 h +/- 20 min.

Per Kirkeby, who died in his hometown Copenhagen in 2018, is considered the most internationally renowned Danish artist of his generation and one of the most important European contemporary artists. The style of the trained geologist is inimitable. Kirkeby's paintings, which he often starts from the edges, have no real center and negate any hierarchy of pictorial elements. In their creation, the artist rather seems to follow the unpredictable course of his intuition, which allows the composition to grow and emerge like a thought. In his article for the catalog of the exhibition at the Museum Kunst Palast and Tate Modern in 2009/10, Richard Shiff described Kirkeby a "reverse Picasso". Unlike Picasso's analytical Cubism, Kirkeby's paintings do not formally dissect an object and break it down into a multitude of perspectives, but rather write down a thought as if on a blackboard or notepad from the combination of individual elements. The present large-format work in a radiant color scheme that is rare in Kirkeby’s oeuvre, is a wonderful testimony of his creative play with inspirations from nature and atmospherically condensed landscape impressions, which he primarily found in his Nordic homeland. In part, however, Romantic landscape painting also served him as an important source of inspiration. The structures borrowed from nature, such as water, trees, mountains, stones, and caves, do not result in a homogeneous landscape painting. They are rather laid out two-dimensionally according to the principle of all-over painting, thus leaving room for a variety of associations. Kirkeby's paintings demand an absolute devotion to the colorful optical impression, they make us close observers of those unique colored sediments, those dynamically rendered and mutually overlapping sensory impressions and emotional worlds. The geologist Per Kirkeby was an extremely sensitive observer and he expects this exact calmness and devotion from the recipients of his work. [JS]

Buyer's premium, taxation and resale right compensation for Per Kirkeby "Ohne Titel"
This lot can only be purchased subject to regular taxation, artist‘s resale right compensation is due.

Regular taxation:
Hammer price up to 800,000 €: herefrom 27 % premium.
The share of the hammer price exceeding 800,000 € is subject to a premium of 21% and is added to the premium of the share of the hammer price up to 800,000 €.
The share of the hammer price exceeding 4,000,000 € is subject to a premium of 15% and is added to the premium of the share of the hammer price up to 4,000,000 €.
The statutory VAT of currently 19 % is levied to the sum of hammer price and premium. As an exception, the reduced VAT of 7 % is added for printed books.

Calculation of artist‘s resale right compensation:
For works by living artists, or by artists who died less than 70 years ago, a artist‘s resale right compensation is levied in accordance with Section 26 UrhG:
4 % of hammer price from 400.00 euros up to 50,000 euros,
another 3 % of the hammer price from 50,000.01 to 200,000 euros,
another 1 % for the part of the sales proceeds from 200,000.01 to 350,000 euros,
another 0.5 % for the part of the sale proceeds from 350,000.01 to 500,000 euros and
another 0.25 % of the hammer price over 500,000 euros.
The maximum total of the resale right fee is EUR 12,500.

The artist‘s resale right compensation is VAT-exempt.