Gerhard Richter Donates Works to Charity Auction Benefiting Düsseldorf’s Homeless

German star artists such as Gerhard Richter showed their compassionate side by donating works to the benefit auction. Photo: Deutsch-Perfekt

Over 70 renowned German artists have donated over 100 artworks for a charity sale to benefit the Düsseldorf charity for the homeless, fiftyfifty.

Artists such as Gerhard Richter, Imi Knoebel, Katharina Fritsch, Candida Höfer, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth, and Thomas Schütte have pledged to participate in the charitable event.

The auction also includes donations from young and emerging artists hailing from Germany’s Rhineland region.

The homeless charity also runs a gallery in Düsseldorf's city center. Photo: ingd-dus.de

The homeless charity runs a gallery in Düsseldorf’s city center.
Photo: ingd-dus.de

Curated by the nearby Museum Kunstpalast, the charity will host an exhibition to accompany the sale. According to a joint statement by the energy giant Eon and fiftyfifty, the works will be displayed from November 3 to December 16 at Eon’s Düsseldorf headquarters.

Westdeutsche Zeitung reported that the charity organisation expects to raise “several hundred thousand Euros.” All proceeds will go towards the purchase of apartments for temporarily housing for the homeless.

The charity also publishes a magazine which has featured pieces written by high-profile writers such as Günther Grass. Photo: ecklinghaeuser-zeitung.de

The charity also publishes a magazine which has featured pieces written by high-profile writers such as Günter Grass.
Photo: recklinghaeuser-zeitung.de

Founded in 1999, fiftyfifty was started with the goal of reducing the number of people forced to live on the streets of the affluent city of Düsseldorf, Germany.

The organization strives to help the homeless help themselves, and has been rooted in the arts since its inception. It started a magazine which included writings by important literary figures such as Nobel Prize winner Günter Grass.

The charity also operates a gallery selling original signed and numbered prints donated by international art stars such as Richter, Günther Uecker, and many more.

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