SØR Rusche Collection

SØR Rusche Collection at Van Ham –
Largest contemporary art auction in Germany

Auction dates:
Part I: 29 May 2019
Part II: 2 October 2019
Part III - Online Only: 27 September - 10 October 2019

The SØR Rusche Collection was assembled by four generations of the Rusche fashion house family. It consists of paintings by Dutch masters of the 17th century, juxtaposed with works by contemporary artists. Now the collection is being auctioned by Van Ham in Cologne and Sotheby's in London. While Sotheby's is offering the old masters, the more than 4,000 works of contemporary art will be on display in Cologne. This is the largest auction of contemporary art in Germany.

"We have decided to sell the SØR Rusche GmbH company collection in order to finance the company's digital transformation and secure the jobs of its employees in the long term," says Thomas Rusche, Managing Director of SØR Rusche GmbH, explaining the sale of the artworks. The decision in favour of Van Ham was made not least because of the successful auction of the legendary Rheingold Collection at the Achenbach Art Auction, which was followed with great attention by the media and whose size and volume are now once again exceeded. For Thomas Rusche, the implementation in this dimension could only be realized through the expertise, infrastructure and the various auction variants at Van Ham.

The more than 4,000 works of art will be auctioned in various auctions in the course of 2019. On 29 May 2019, around 150 works from the collection will kick off the auctions, which will be presented and offered in a special catalogue as part of the "Modern - Post War - Contemporary" auctions. This will be followed by curated auctions, which among other things will focus on the themes of the numerous exhibitions in which the works of the SØR Rusche Collection have already been presented.

The collection includes works by Stephan Balkenhol, Norbert Bisky, George Condo, Leiko Ikemura, Sven Kroner, Alicja Kwade, Jonathan Meese, Neo Rauch, Daniel Richter, David Schnell and others. As in his company, Thomas Rusche always puts quality first when it comes to collecting. "Every new acquisition should be of such high quality that it raises the level of the entire collection and complements it in a relevant way," says Thomas Rusche, commenting on his strategy for building up the collection.