$93k for the goddess of fortune and luck



2015-06-26 11:47:18

$93k for the goddess of fortune and luck

A 1989 sculpture by the German artist Jrg Immendorff is among 2009's final art sales

Appropriately for the yearwhich marked the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, one of Ketterer Kunst's final post-auction art sales of 2009 is a sculpture inspired byGerman reunification.

Ohne Titel (Fortuna), a unique sculptureby the late Dsseldorf artist Jrg Immendorff (1945-2007), is currently available to buy priced at 65,000 ($92,950).

Immendorff was a graduate from the Dsseldorf art academy in 1963/64, at which he had written several manifestos and initiated various political and artistic actions.

His international breakthrough came with his four part epos, Caf Deutschland, a political and socio-critical work on the Cold War and the separation of Germany.

Ohne Titel (Fortuna) by Jrg Immendorff, priced 65,000 ($92,950)

The artist did not only work as a painter, but also as a sculptor, again in the context of the German reunification.

Ohne Titel (Fortuna), 1989, is a remarkable sculpture depicting Fortuna, the goddess of fortune and luck. It is partly inspired by Hanns Baldung Grien's beautiful, witch-like Fortuna from 1512.

In comparison with Fortuna depictions by the old masters, Immendorff emphasises the fickleness of fate: in this depiction, Fortuna is trying to keep balance with crutches, her feet tied to two balls, on a hollow and fragmented armillary sphere.

The piece is an allegory for uncertainty and changes, but also a symbol for the German reunification.

A close look at the globe's inside reveals not only the fallen symbols of both German states, but also a crown and a Swastika, crescent and cross.

Image: Ketterer Kunst

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