Danish Collector Jens Faurschou Is Selling Works From His Esteemed Foundation in a Christie’s Online Auction – artnet News

The Danish collector Jens Faurschou is auctioning off works from his foundation’s collection at Christie’s this summer to support future exhibitions across the organization’s spaces in Copenhagen, Beijing, Venice, and New York. 

The auction, titled “The World Is a Sphere: Art From the Faurschou Foundation,” will run online from July 3 through 16, and will reflect the global outlook of the foundation, which has worked to foster cross-cultural dialogue, particularly between the East and West, since it was founded in 2011.

In a reflection of Faurschou’s connections to artists from around the world, Chen Tianzhuo, Elmgreen & Dragset, Christian Lemmerz, Shirin Neshat, Sun Xun, Yu Ji, and Nikita Shalenny have additionally agreed to donate works for the benefit sale.

“It’s nice to get the support,” Jens Faurschou tells Artnet News, noting that, “once in a while, we do deaccession works to support our exhibition program. The pre-sale estimate ranges from £5.1 million at the low end to £7.3 million at the top ($6.3 million to $9 million). So far, none of the works have a third-party guarantee.

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Highlights of the sale include a landscape by the Danish painter Per Kirkby, Mild Vinter II (1989), estimated at £200,000 to £300,000, and a group of works by Ai Weiwei,