United Artists for Europe

Based on an original idea by Bernard-Henri Lévy, this unprecedented initiative will take place in London on May 21-24 and June 3 2019, to coincide with the European elections. It seeks to affirm artists’ devotion to European ideals, values and culture, and to benefit European cultural initiatives.

Anger Management, 2018
Punching bag, leather thread, stainless steel
189.2 x 100 x 83 cm (74 1/2 x 39 3/8 x 32 5/8 in)
© Elmgreen & Dragset. Courtesy the artists and Victoria Miro, London/Venice
Estimate 30,000 - 50,000 GBP

A selection from thirty artworks donated by leading contemporary artists from all over Europe will be exhibited at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Ely House, from 21-24 May and then auctioned for charity auction on 3 June at Hotel Café Royal, under the gavel of Simon de Pury.

Funds raised by the auction will be allocated by The Hexagon Society Foundation to European cultural projects related to art including Europa Nostra and Artagon.

-Consult the auction catalogue and/or bid online

-For any inquiry regarding the live auction on 3 June, please write to contact@artistsforeurope.org or consult the "Contact and Bids" section of the website.

The initiative will also launch an artists’ appeal for a united Europe. In signing the appeal, Europe’s contemporary artists will affirm that, for them, Europe is not a vain ideal but one that they are committed to defend, in the interests of all, against the peril it faces today.

On 22 and 23 May , during the public exhibition at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Ely House, talks will be held about art and culture and its place in today's Europe, with the participation of Hans Ulrich Obrist and Adam Thirlwell.

On the evening of 22 May, Bernard-Henri Lévy will perform a one-off representation of his new one-man play about Europe, Looking for Europe, written for the occasion of the European elections.

The charity auction will take place on 3 June at Hotel Café Royal, Regent Street, in London. Bernard-Henri Lévy, Simon de Pury and Thaddaeus Ropac will attend the auction, along with artists who have signed the United Artists for Europe Manifesto.

United Artists for Europe is a committed event that brings together contemporary artists who are devoted to a generous and open Europe.
This is more than a charity auction: it is an artistic message of hope for a continent in the midst of an identity crisis.

In Varietate Concordia (Stamp I), 2019
Jewel beetle wing-cases on dibond
H 155 x W 105 x D 3,1 cm.
© Photo. Lieven Herreman
Courtesy Angelos bvba.
Estimate 80,000 - 120,000 GBP

"I am a nomadic artist. Travel and the exploration of new places has always been essential to making art and to my way of life. Europe was my first destination, and it represented a type of freedom which was entirely new to me coming from Ex-Yugoslavia. The memories I have of living in Amsterdam with Ulay and traveling the continent in our old Citroen police van are what drives my passion to help support the European ideals of today."
Marina Abramović