Curator Wolfgang Sohn and Mayor Josef Hinkel auction off almost 25,000 euros for the Düsseldorf Community Foundation

63 pictures, a mayor as auctioneer, a curator with a great idea - and over 200 guests who bought a lot of art. The large-format unique photo art pieces were printed using a VUTEK h3 super-large format printer, which impresses with its high-quality and brilliant print quality at an industrial level. The motifs were produced using UV direct printing on 3 mm thick aluminum composite panels measuring 2 x 2 m.

In an exciting bidding duel, the painting "Autobahn" by artist Kai Schäfer secured the top spot by achieving the highest bid. Schäfer's artwork impressed the bidders with its unique depiction and attracted a lively auction. After training with the well-known photographer René Staud, he achieved success as a freelance photographer. Since 2011, the Düsseldorfer-by-choice has dedicated himself to his art project "worldrecords", which portrays legendary albums from music history in oversized formats on record players.

Renowned curator Wolfgang Sohn, ambassador of the civic foundation's "Düsseldorf sets an example" program, developed the idea for the Open Space Gallery Düsseldorf, which functioned as a public photo exhibition in an urban space. "Today we have once again proven how important art and culture are in Düsseldorf. And I am delighted that we are all coming together for a good cause," says Sohn.

Alexander Balzer, Center Manager KÖ Galerie: "A great project, with a lot of heart and fantastic works by the photo artists. The KÖ Galerie became a pop-up gallery and art venue for a short time - we loved it. We would like to thank everyone involved in this major and important cultural project for their outstanding cooperation."

Josef Hinkel at the auction (c) Michael Lübke

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