60 Years VAN HAM

VAN HAM celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2019. In 1959, Carola van Ham-Eisenbeis ventured to become the first auctioneer of the company.orin Europas selbstständig zu machen.

With the generation change in 1996, it was possible not only to successfully transfer professional competence and tradition, but also to leave enough room for new ideas and concepts for the future. 

For our anniversary year, we have put together an extensive programme of art events for you.

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Thonet - Perfect Design

More than 200 bentwood furniture items will be auctioned off in the "Thonet - Perfect Design" auction. The collector, author and curator Wolfgang Thillmann has built up this impressive collection of furniture in recent decades, primarily furniture from the Thonet company. The preview will take place as part of the Passagen Interior Design Week Cologne. 


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Sarah Schumann - Wirkliche Welt. Collagen und Gemälde von 1958 bis 2008

From 5 - 28 April 2019 Van Ham Art Estate presents with the exhibition "Sarah Schumann. Real world. Collages and Paintings from 1958 to 2008" the first comprehensive retrospective of the German post-war artist Sarah Schumann. As part of the 60th anniversary of Van Ham Kunstauktionen and parallel to the 53rd Art Cologne, eighty selected paintings, gouaches, photo collages, and book illustrations from five decades will for the first time illustrate the broad spectrum of the artist's work. In addition, Sarah Schumann will be presented to the public in film portraits of Harun Farocki and Bettina Böttinger.


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Symposium "Der Faktor Mensch"

On April 9, 2019, Van Ham Fine Art Auctioneers in Cologne will be hosting an interdisciplinary symposium entitled "The Human Factor - How to Successfully Pass Generations with Art". For the first time, speakers from the fields of psychology, sociology, law and the art trade will address the current topic in a solution-oriented and practical manner by illuminating the generation change from different perspectives. The symposium will take place parallel to the 53rd Art Cologne and as part of Van Ham's 60th company anniversary.


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Auction house Bongartz visits VAN HAM

Another highlight of our anniversary year will be the guest performance of our colleague Georg P. Bongartz from Aachen. David Garrett's father and his auction house have specialised in string instruments.


Press Release

Collection Gerhard F. Reinz

It is a very special honour for VAN HAM to be able to offer works from the estate of the legendary Cologne gallery owner Gerhard F. Reinz. His services to the German art trade continue to this day. He was the founder of Art Cologne, a participant in Art Basel from the very beginning, long-standing chairman of the German Association of Gallery Owners (BVDG), and in this capacity founded the Central Archive of the German Art Trade (ZADIK).