03 June, 2019, 8:00pm BST (Hotel Café Royal, Regent Street, London)
Over thirty artworks donated by leading contemporary artists from all over Europe will be exhibited at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Ely House, from May 21-23 and then auctioned for charity auction on June 3 at Hotel Café Royal on Regent Street, under the gavel of Simon de Pury.
Based on an original idea by Bernard-Henri Lévy, this unprecedented initiative will take place in London on May 21-24 and June 3 2019, to coincide with the European elections. It seeks to affirm artists’ devotion to European ideals, values and culture, and to benefit European cultural initiatives.
A selection from over thirty artworks donated by leading contemporary artists from all over Europe will be exhibited at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Ely House, from 21-24 May and then auctioned for charity auction on 3 June at Hotel Café Royal, under the gavel of Simon de Pury. Funds raised by the auction will be allocated by The Hexagon Society Foundation to European cultural projects related to art including Europa Nostra, the largest heritage NGO in Europe, and Artagon, an association which created the first museum dedicated to the promotion of young emerging artists in Europe, with travelling exhibitions and art prizes in all of Europe.
The initiative will also launch an artists’ appeal for a united Europe. In signing the appeal, Europe’s contemporary artists will affirm that, for them, Europe is not a vain ideal but one that they are committed to defend, in the interests of all, against the peril it faces today.
On the evening of 22 May, Bernard-Henri Lévy will perform a one-off representation of his new one-man play about Europe, Looking for Europe, written for the occasion of the European elections.
The charity auction will take place on 3 June at Hotel Café Royal, Regent Street, in London. Bernard-Henri Lévy, Simon de Pury and Thaddaeus Ropac will attend the auction, along with artists who have signed the United Artists for Europe Manifesto.
United Artists for Europe is a committed event that brings together contemporary artists who are devoted to a generous and open Europe.
This is more than a charity auction: it is an artistic message of hope for a continent in the midst of an identity crisis.