The Auction, 3 June

Following the exhibition (21-24 May, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Ely House), the artworks will be sold at a charity auction conducted by renowned auctioneer Simon de Pury on June 3, at Hotel Café Royal, Regent Street, during a special evening featuring a discussion between Bernard-Henri Lévy and Simon de Pury (starting a 6 PM).
Several of these artworks will also be displayed during the day.

Funds raised by the auction will be distributed to European cultural projects including Europa Nostra, the main European NGO defending and enhancing Europe’s cultural heritage, and Artagon, who support the careers of young emerging artists throughout Europe.

View of the Preview Exhibition at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac © Nathalie Gayda

The Preview Exhibition

Hosted at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Ely House, the preview of the auction will take place from May 21 to 24. It will gather a selection of artworks by artists from Europe or living in Europe such as Marina Abramović, Grayson Perry, Marlene Dumas, Sylvie Fleury, Daniel Buren or Pascale-Marthine Tayou and Giuseppe Penone. Featuring several original commissions, works such as Jan Fabre’s diptych or Francesco Vezzoli’s montage explore European identity and the current challenges it faces today. Other artists, like Grayson Perry or Elmgreen & Dragset who frequently address the European situation in their work, reflect with anxiety and irony their concern about the future of Europe. Following the exhibition, these artworks will be sold at a charity auction in aid of European cultural projects.

Pascale Marthine TAYOU
Fresque de craies L, 2015
Chalks, mixed media
240 x 330 cm
Courtesy the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana. Photography © Veronica Tronnolone
Estimate 60 000 - 100 000 GBP

B.H. Lévy’s performance of Looking for Europe

A highlight of the initiative will be the evening of May 22 with the one-off performance of Bernard-Henri Lévy's new one-man play, Looking for Europe, at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Ely House. Occurring one day before the European elections, the French philosopher will perform his final representation of the play surrounded by the United Artists for Europe artworks, following a successful tour of twenty European cities. The play is rewritten for each show in order to address the political context of each European country, making it a one-of-a-kind performance.

Daniel BUREN
Peinture sur medium - E - Jonquille
Travail situé, 1991
Painting on medium, 200.1 x 200.1 cm
© Daniel Buren/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Anna Fouqueré
Estimate upon request

The Talks

During the exhibition, artists and thinkers will create a forum for debate and discussion on the state of Europe today and the place of art and culture in our disorientated continent, caught in the midst of a severe identity crisis.


-May 22, 5-6 PM, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Ely House: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries, in conversation with novelist Adam Thirlwell about literature as a multilingual art form, créolisation, portable Europes, and the construction of multiple identities. In partnership with ArtReview

Further discussions about Art, Europe and Democracy will take place on May 23 at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Ely House:

-May 23, 12 PM: Tancrede Hertzog and Leopold Legros (United Artists for Europe curators) with Artagon founders, Keimis Henni and Anna Labouze about their project, The Artagon Museum for young European artists and new ways of supporting emerging artists.

-May 23, 1 PM: "How digital art could impact the politics of big data and artificial intelligence" with Sarah Meyohas (digital artist) and Sophie Wiesenfeld (Hexagon Society president and United Artits for Europe organiser).

-May 23, 2 PM : João Correia, Brazilian art expert, Founder and Director of Collezionista Art Consultancy, which supports the research and understanding of Pixo, a social and activist art movement practiced by an estimated of 10,000 marginalised youth in the main cities of Brazil.

-May 23, 3 PM: Shezad Dawood (participating United Artists for Europe artist) and Jonathan McAloon (The Guardian) in discussion about the art world response to the current political climate in Europe.

"In the current century, artists, curators and gallerists have gained visibility and mediatic power as never seen before. What do we make of all this influence we supposedly do have? We should get together, raise funds and awareness for the causes that deserve so.Europa unita at the moment must be our first priority."
Francesco Vezzoli