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NAGEL Auktionen inaugurates the year of its 100th anniversary with the Modern and contemporary art auction on February 23, 2022 with a unique highlight – the sale of the Art Kite collection.

The Art Kite collection features contemporary art from world renowned artists, combined with the Japanese tradition of kite making. Created in 1987/1988 by artists – including Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely, Ilja Kabakow, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter and Frank Stella among others.

Lot 1022|Gerhard Richter | Untitled, Acrylic on Japanese paper | © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Created in 1987/1988
203×203cm
Kite Hamamatsu, Sumitaya

Estimate: €150,000 200,000

Gerard Richter

Lot 1107|Yayoi Kusama | Fire, Acrylic on Japan paper, Mounted on silk

Created in 1988
270 x 154cm
Edo Kite, T. Kashima

Estimate: €20,000 30,000

Yayoi Kusama

Lot 1008|Hisao Domoto | Critical threshold: Water, 1988, Acrylic on pencil on Japanese paper

Created in 1988
240x240cm
Kite Hamamatsu, Sumitaya

Estimate: €4,000 6,000


Art kite collection

NAGEL Auktionen in Stuttgart celebrates its anniversary with the Modern and contemporary art sale on February 23. Great interest will be aroused by 145 art kites from the world art kite collection, which will be auctioned on the same day – from 15:00 CET. Artwork and kites are from the collection of Dr. Paul Eubel, Images for the sky.

These art kites are remarkable large-scale works on paper – designed by world-renowned artists and assembled into traditional kites by Japanese kite makers in Kyoto.

Lot 1017|Robert Rauschenberg | Sky house II, Acrylic and color screenprint on Japanese paper, Mounted on silk | © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Created in 1988
358×229cm
Kite Kaku, T. Kashima

Estimate: €120,000 160,000

Lot 1034|Niki de Saint Phalle | The bird in love, Watercolour, pencil and acrylic on Japanese paper, Mounted on silk | © Niki Charitable Art Foundation / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Created in 1987/1988
260 x 285cm
Freeform, Mr. Yamauchi

Estimate: €40,000 60,000

Lot 1028|Victor Vasarely | Untitled, Acrylic and color serigraph on Japan paper, Mounted on silk | © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Created in 1987/1988
240x200cm
Kite Tsugaru, G. Fukushi

Estimate: €6,000 10,000

In 1987, the former director of the Goethe Institute in Osaka, Dr. Eubel started this project, which is still unique and unprecedented in the world today. He initiated the idea and demonstrated his communication skills and perseverance in implementing this project. Dr. Eubel explained the idea for the project in personal letters to prominent artists around the world, who participated in the documentation in Kassel, Germany; or in the Venice Biennale during the 1980s.

He convinced artists of all major art movements, from the informal, pop art, geometric abstraction, conceptual art to the Junge Wilde (Young Wild Ones) of the 1980s. Names included: Karl Appel , Horst Antes, Arman, Elvira Bach, Daniel Buren, Sam Francis, Gotthard Graubner, Per Kirkeby, Mimmo Paladino, Henri van Herwegen (aka Panamarenko), Gerhard Richter, Robert Rauschenberg, Emil Schumacher, Bernard Schultze, Klaus Staeck, Frank Stella, Antoni Tapies, Jean Tinguely, Gunther Uecker, Emilio Vedova, Raimund Girke, Otto Piene, Yayoi Kusama and Kazuo Shiraga.

Lot 1036|Tadanori Yokoo | Descent and Ascension, Oil on Japanese paper, Mounted on canvas

Created in 1987/1988
272×219cm
Kite Kaku, N. Yoshizumi, T. Okajima, I. Fujieda, O. Okawauchi

Estimate: €12,000 18,000

Lot 1086|Atsuko Tanaka | Untitled, Acrylic on canvas

Created in 1981
162 x 130cm
Kite Tsugaru, T. Kashima

Estimate: €40,000 60,000

Dr. Eubel’s deep knowledge of Japanese culture and traditions, as well as his extensive research into the history of Japanese kite making, have created an original symbiosis of these arts and crafts. The purchase of washi – a handmade Japanese paper traditionally made from the bast of a mulberry tree, was the starting point. He sent these works to artists who enthusiastically agreed to participate in the project.

After choosing one of eight favorite traditional kite shapes, each artist created their own distinctive composition. After the works were sent back to Kyoto, the paper works were then assembled onto kite frames and bamboo structures by renowned kite makers and craftsmen.

Equipped with kite string scales, stabilizing rods and kite tails, the artworks were converted into flying objects. Broad and delicate strokes have been transformed into impressive and robust works of art. Until today, they still testify to the will of the actors to combine artistic and playful aestheticism with traditional know-how and craftsmanship.

Lot 1100|Rosalie Gascoigne | Highway to Heaven, Acrylic on Japanese paper, Mounted on silk | © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Created in 1994
167×133cm
Kaku Kite, Nobuhiku Yoshizumi

Estimate: €10,000 15,000

Lot 1071|Frank Stella | Frank Stella Art Kite, Acrylic on Japanese paper | © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Created in 1987/1988
205x205cm
Kite Hamamatsu, Sumitaya

Estimate: €20,000 30,000

Lot 1002|Guenther Uecker | Sturz, Tempera on Japanese paper with silk ribbons | © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Created in 1987
160 x 160cm
Kite Hamamatsu, Sumitaya

Estimate: €30,000 50,000

Lot 1078|By Kirkeby | Brise, Charcoal, pencil and ink on Japanese paper

Created in 1988
208 x 208cm
Kite Hamamatsu, Sumitaya

Estimate: €8,000 12,000

In April 1989, many of these kites flew into the sky during a vernissage – in front of Himeji Castle. The recordings of this show evoke the joy of Japanese kite clubs and the great enthusiasm of the artists.

After being exhibited in Japanese museums, the Collection has toured the world. During festivals and exhibitions in Asia, Europe, the Americas and Australia, the Art Kite collection has been continuously enriched with works by local artists. Many visitors enjoyed the Collection’s vibrating kites.

As part of Expo 2000 in Hanover, a former British forces helicopter hangar was turned into a museum in Detmold, western Germany. The Collection found a temporary home for five years from 1999 to 2005. After resuming plans for another world tour, the Collection moved on.

Lot 1058|Kazuo Shiraga | Violet, Oil on Japanese paper, Mounted on silk

Created in 1987/1988
250 x 190cm
Kite Tsugaru, G. Fukushi, T. Kashima, N. Yoshizumi

Estimate: €300,000 500,000

Lot 1038|Kazuo Shiraga | Flight at altitude, Japanese ink and acrylic on Japanese paper, Mounted on silk

Created in 1987/1988
282 x 282cm
Tosa Kite, Toso Kite Association

Estimate: €15,000 20,000

Lot 1045|Daniel Buren | Untitled, Acrylic on Japanese paper | © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Created in 1987/1988
208 x 208cm
Kite Hamamatsu, Sumitaya

Estimate: €8,000 12,000

Lot 1119|Antoni Tapies | Missatge Catala, Acrylic on Japan paper, Mounted on silk | © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Created in 1987/1988
188 x 360cm
Kerori-Drachen, T. Kashima

Estimate: €15,000 25,000

In July 2010, Dr. Eubel died in Palermo, Sicily. He bequeathed the Collection to his wife and their two children. For a long time, the works on paper were stored and intact in a warehouse. After more than 35 years, the entire Collection is now accessible on the art market and auctioned by NAGEL Auktionen.

In the spirit of the original project idea, a portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit disaster relief and aid around the world.

The compositions, techniques and artistic intentions are as diverse as the illustrious circle of artists involved. Due to the great diversity, the valuations of the works range from 500 to 300,000 euros (approximately 4,500 to 2,700,000 HK dollars).

The craftsmanship is similar among all the kites offered, but the descriptions found in the catalog indicate that the kites differ in size and format. The smallest kite measures about 80 by 60 centimeters, while the largest measures almost 6 by 4 meters.

For more information about the objects and the auction, click here: www.auction.de.

Lot 1077|Toshimitsu Imai | Full moon, Acrylic, gold and silver color on Japanese paper, Mounted on silk

Created in 1989
207×400cm
Kite Oogi, T. Kashima

Estimate: €4,000 6,000

Lot 1091|Karel Appel | So close and yet so far, Mixed media: Oil, acrylic, gouache and ink on Japanese paper, Mounted on silk | © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Created in 1987
375 x 233cm
Edo Kite, T. Kashima

Estimate: €8,000 12,000

Lot 1021|Fernandez Arman | Untitled, Acrylic on Japan paper, Mounted on silk | © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Created in 1988/1989
230 x 182cm
Rokkaku kite, T. Kashima

Estimate: €3,000 5,000

Lot 1113|Kumi Sugai | Wind – Sun – Sugai, Acrylic on Japanese paper, Mounted on silk | © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Created in 1987
240 x 186cm
Kite Rokkaku, K. Tamura, S. Ogasawara

Estimate: €5,000 7,000


Sale details:

Auction house: NAGEL Auktionen Stuttgart

Sale: 802 | Modern and contemporary art, Design

Address: Neckarstrasse 189-191, 70190 Stuttgart, Germany

Exhibition/viewing dates: February 18-21, 2022 | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sale date: February 23, 2022

Contact:

Ms Gerda Lenßen-Wahl
Tel: +49 (0) 711 – 6 49 69-340
Email: [email protected]

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