AMSTERDAM - Until Sunday Sotheby’s Amsterdam will host 30 spectacular works from forthcoming sales of modern and contemporary art taking place in London and Paris later this year. Among them are two outstanding relief paintings by the ZERO artist Jan Schoonhoven (1914–1994). One, dated 1966, is entitled 16 schuine vlakken, paarsgewijs om en om (estimate: €30,000–50,000), while the other in the Day Sale in London this June, is a large work from 1972–73, called R72-73, M-10 (estimate: £180,000–250,000). Both will attract international interest, reflecting the increasing popularity in the work of this artist and his fellows from the ZERO Group.

Karel Appel, Beest-Animal (1950), Estimate: €15,000 – 20,000. Offered in the Contemporary Art Evening Sale, Paris, 5 June.

Since Sotheby’s moved premises in Amsterdam in 2012, we have worked tirelessly to promote important Dutch contemporary art internationally, with works appearing in auctions in Paris, London, New York and Hong Kong. These pieces have enjoyed wonderful success, from The Henk Peeters Collection from Informal to Zero which sold in Amsterdam in 2001 for €1.45 million, the sale of Schoonhoven’s R61-5 in 2009 for €540,750 to an important private collector, and the Property from the Sammlung Lenz Schönbergsold which sold in London in 2010 for €22.9 million.


Jan Schoonhoven, R72-73-M-10, (1972–73). £180,000–250,000. Offered in the Contemporary Art Day Sale, London, 27 June.

The appetite for ZERO Art shows the market’s hunger for works with exceptional provenance fresh to the market. This momentum extends to the Rjiksmuseum, recently reopened after ten years of restoration. The ‘new’ museum shows Schotelreliëf by Schoonhoven and appeared on Dutch television in De Wereld Draait Door (DWDD) and Het Uur van de Wolf – both of which also show R61-5 from our 2009 sale – as part of the varied press on the re-opening. For me, it is exciting to see these Dutch contemporary artists receiving recognition both in major institutions and in the market place.

Tags:Amsterdam, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions