The Initiators

United Artists for Europe is an exhibition, cultural event and a charity auction based on an original idea by Bernard-Henri Lévy, hosted at Ely House in London and organised by The Hexagon Society with Tancrède Hertzog and Léopold Legros. The charity auction will be conducted by Simon de Pury.

Bernard-Henri Lévy

The French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy is among the leading European intellectuals. In January 2019, he initiated a Manifesto signed by thirty European writers, to warn of the dangers incurred by the rise of nationalism in Europe. Simultaneously, he began a European tour for his play Looking for Europe, a plea for a united Europe, and a remedy against populism and extremism. Curator of the exhibition The Adventures of Truth in 2013, and author of publications about Mondrian and Frank Stella, he is one of the initiators of the United Artists for Europe Manifesto.

Guiseppe PENONE
Avvolgere la terra, 2014
Alluminium, plaster, terracotta
45 x 60 x 15 cm
© Archivio Penone
Estimate 60,000 - 80,000 GBP

The Organisers

The Hexagon Society

The Hexagon Society is a pro-European Franco-British Foundation that promotes artists and intellectuals across artistic disciplines, to disseminate and promote the values of intelligent democracy and creative enlightenment through a range of meaningful cultural projects.

Its president and founder Sophie Wiesenfeld, a French legal expert established in London, is one of the initiators of the United Artists for Europe project.


Tancrède Hertzog & Léopold Legros

Tancrède Hertzog and Léopold Legros are two young Paris-based gallerists, curators and art critics, contributing to various art reviews.

They organise gallery shows as well as exhibitions in institutions such as the Donjon de Vez, with a particular focus on postwar art and emerging European artists.

They are the curators of the United Artists for Europe exhibition.

Francesco CLEMENTE
One Whose Name was Writ in Water, 2019
Oil and pastel on linen
125,09 x 175,89 cm (49 1/4 x 69 1/4 in) - framed
Courtesy of Francesco Clemente © Nathalie Gayda
Estimate 130,000 - 160,000 GBP

The Host

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

Founded in 1983, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac has galleries across Europe, in London, Paris and Salzburg, and an expanding team in Asia. Specialising in contemporary art and representing over 60 artists, the gallery supports and showcases the careers of some of the most influential artists today with a wide-ranging programme of over 40 exhibitions each year across its five extensive and historic gallery spaces.

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac also represents a number of renowned artist estates and continues to build on their legacy, as well as providing curatorial expertise, acting as consultant to major museums and public institutions and advising private and corporate collections. Active in both the primary and secondary markets, Ropac also represents its artists at all major international art fairs. The gallery runs its own publishing house that produces catalogues and books to accompany its exhibitions, contributing to new scholarship and a wider art-historical discourse by inviting prominent art historians, curators and writers to collaborate.

The Auctioneer

Simon de Pury

Simon de Pury is one of the most celebrated auctioneers worldwide. Sometimes called the ‘Mick Jagger of Art Auctions’, he applies his incisive and cheerful style to his auctions. An expert on the art market, he was the Director of Sotheby’s Europe and of the auction house Philips. He is today the head of de Pury de Pury and wields the gavel for the most prestigious charity auctions around the world. Committed European and Europeanist, he is one of the initiators of United Artists for Europe, and will be the auctioneer of the sale.