A number of artists and galleries of international format donated more than 30 works for the auction. Artists represented with works at the auction included world-renowned names such as Anish Kapoor, Martin Kippenberger, Tony Cragg, Marina Abramović, George Condo, Lari Pittman, Elmgreen & Dragset, Jeppe Hein, Ilya Kabakov and Wilhelm Sasnal.
All artworks were sold, and the three most successful were:
1. Marc Quinn, NOK 2.6 mill
2. Anish Kapoor, NOK 2.0 mill
3. George Condo, NOK 1.9 mill
The amount raised will help finance Kistefos-Museet’s new museum building, "Twisted", designed by the architectural firm BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group in Denmark.
The auctioneer for the evening, Francis Outred, who is Head of the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department in Europe at the world’s biggest auction house, Christie’s, states that, "It has been a great pleasure and honour for Christie’s to work with the Kistefos Museum on the Twisted benefit auction. The terrific results of tonight’s sale are a tribute to the quality of the works, the generosity of the donors and buyers, and the importance of the Kistefos Museum for contemporary art in Norway."
Kistefos-Museet expresses its sincere gratitude to all artists and gallery owners for their wonderful donations, and they also thank all bidders and buyers warmly.
Illustration: BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group