Visitors to Pallant House Gallery will have the chance to preview a selection of works by leading contemporary artists ahead of the seventh annual Macmillan De’Longhi art auction, when they will go under the hammer to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. The display (which continues until 8 September) celebrates the continuing partnership between Pallant House Gallery and Premium Italian coffee machine brand, De’Longhi, who have been Headline sponsors of the Gallery for five years running.
Renowned for their iconoclastic sculpture, prints and installations that examine, with searing wit and energy, contemporary politics, religion and morality, Jake and Dinos Chapman's ‘Bunny Dreams', a Gravure etching, is included in the preview at Pallant House Gallery.
Alongside this piece are Walter Nessler's ‘Nude and Easel', multi-disciplinary Central St. Martin's graduate Enrico David's ‘Untitled (Story for a Poster)', a watercolour, pencil and colour pencil piece on paper by 2006 Turner Prize Winner Tomma Abts and Gordon Cheung's ‘Afterimage (Still Life Study).'
‘Afterimage (Still Life Study)' revisits the changing symbolism of the tulip, following its development from the most high-status flower to the folly of the first boom and bust. Painted with a hallucinogenic palette and unorthodox techniques, it raises questions and ideas about the nature of illusion and belief converged with the repetition of historical and current events.
This year sees the auction return to the same venue as last year, the RCA in South Kensington, but, for the first time ever, the event will be preceded by a three-day curated exhibition open to the public, which will culminate in an exciting evening auction with bidding taking place on all pieces of art by specially invited guests on Monday 23 September 2013.
The charity event has raised over £800,000 since its conception in 2007, helping support those whose lives are affected by cancer. The money raised is used for funding services such as information and support centres, phone services, building cancer care facilities, as well as assisting nurses and other specialist health care professionals.
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