Sale: 553 / Contemporary Day Sale, June 07. 2024 in Munich Lot 194

Miriam Cahn
liebenmüssen, 2008 + 20.8.19, 2008/2019.
Oil on canvas
€ 60,000 - 80,000

$ 64,200 - 85,600

liebenmüssen, 2008 + 20.8.19. 2008/2019.
Oil on canvas.
Titled on the reverse of the stretcher and inscribed "meine kriegerin". 130 x 100 cm (51.1 x 39.3 in). [AW].

• With exquisite sensitivity, Cahn uses color to give her models a sense of fragility and an inner life.
• In 2023, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris dedicated a major retrospective to the artist, from October 2024, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam hosts the exhibition "Reading Dust".
• In her art, Cahn addresses the peace and women's movements, of which she is also an active advocate.
• Cahn's works are in international collections like the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Tate Modern, London, the Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, and the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich

PROVENANCE: Galerie Meyer Riegger, Berlin.
Private collection Austria (acquired from the above).

Called up: June 7, 2024 - ca. 15.38 h +/- 20 min.

Three figures are at the center of this work, while the human being in general is at the center of Miriam Cahn's artistic work. The fragility of the human body, but also the relationship with nature. She combines observations of the present, family memories and her own experiences with socio-political events. Love, violence, womanhood, gender, sexuality, war, anti-Semitism and migration are recurring themes in her work. Born the daughter of a Jewish numismatist and art dealer in Basel in 1949, Cahn attended the Arts and Crafts School in Basel from 1968, received a scholarship to study in Paris in 1978/79 and was invited to documenta 7 in 1982 and to the Venice Biennale in 1984. An illegal nocturnal art action in the winter of 1979/80, in which she applied charcoal drawings to a Basel highway bridge, also earned her widespread media attention. Miriam Cahn's multifaceted oeuvre is not limited to figurative painting, but also includes writing, photography, film, sculpture, installations and performances. What these expressions have in common is the uncompromising confrontation of the viewer with the contradictions of our world. In "liebenmüssen, 2008 + 20.8.19.", Cahn addresses being a woman and a mother. Although the three bodies are clearly outlined, they seem to merge with their surroundings. The colors of the mother's body seem to fade into the background, just as many women see their own self fade in their role as mothers. The title is just as complex, making the role of the woman as mother and motherly love appear ambivalent. The choice of colors between light pastels and darker grays emphasizes her figures' utter tenderness and helplessness. Cahn executes her oil paintings quickly, with thin paint, while she can maintain body tension, thus avoiding traditional mastery and any possibility of correction. Immediacy also plays a major role in the creation process. The artist deconstructs the social role model of the woman, and challenges the observer, who ultimately also begin to reflect on their own identity, their (female) body and their own sexuality. [AW]

Buyer's premium, taxation and resale right compensation for Miriam Cahn "liebenmüssen, 2008 + 20.8.19"
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.