RELEASE: GRAND PAINTINGS, 11 &12 October, King Street, London



A seminal early work by Richter and the largest Bullfight painting by Barceló ever seen at auction

To Be Offered At Christie's London Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Auction

London – On October 11 Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary Art department will offer for sale two extraordinary large-scale paintings created by the most celebrated contemporary masters. Realised on an epic scale, 5 Türen II (5 Doors 2) (1967) is a seminal work dating from an intensely productive and pivotal moment in Gerhard Richter’s celebrated oeuvre (92⅞ x 213¼in. / 233.5 x 541.5cm.; estimate: £1,500,000-2,000,000; illustrated above). The largest painting from Miquel Barceló’s famous cycle of Bullfight ever to appear at auction, Areneros y Muleros (1990) announces the grand finale of a corrida (102⅜ x 81⅛in. / 260 x 206cm. ; estimate: £2,000,000-3,000,000; illustrated on the following page).

Francis Outred, Christie's Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art, Europe: “I am delighted to be handling these two indisputable masterpieces by Gerhard Richter and Miquel Barcélo. In both works, scale plays a vital role in their impact; these works need to be seen to be believed. Conceived in 1967, Gerhard Richter's 5 Türen II is a landmark, conceptual art work in which the idea of a painting as a mirror is turned into painting as a door, with an apparently infinite space opening up behind it. These doors are painted so meticulously on a life-size scale that the work invites the viewer to step into its illusory space. Very rarely seen, 5 Türen II has been in the same collection virtually since it was made. The market has seen many works by Richter since Christie's broke the world record in 2011, but there has never been a painting like this at auction in my professional career. Equally there has never been a bullfight by  Barcélo of this scale; the format accentuating the drama of the scene where both the bullfighter and the painter have left the arena.”


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