It is a very special pleasure and honor for us to announce the auction of the important Lauffs Collection. Around 200 works by renowned artists such as Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, Tony Cragg and Joseph Beuys will be presented and offered in a special catalogue as part of the Modern Week in June 2021.
The collection of the couple Helga and Walther Lauffs was one of the most important collections of European and American post-war art of the 1960s and 70s. In addition to significant groups of works by Yves Klein and Joseph Beuys, the collection stood especially for American Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, and Arte Povera. From the very beginning, Dr. Paul Wember, then director of the Krefeld Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, supported the collectors. Wember was known for his ambitious program of showing progressive positions, establishing Krefeld as one of Europe's most respected centers for contemporary art. When Walther Lauffs died in 1981, the art collection initially remained on loan to the Krefeld Museum. Helga Lauffs remained true to her passion for collecting and continued to expand the private collection. When the majority of the initial Helga and Walther Lauffs Collection was dissolved in 2008, the essential works went partly as gifts or on loan to museums, partly they were sold to galleries and via auctions.
Following the death of Helga Lauffs in 2015, the second part of the Lauffs Collection is now being offered for sale at Van Ham.
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