22.09.2021 , 18:00

The organisers of the auction: Rebekka Welker, Scientific Volunteer Ludwig Museum, Marcus Diede, gallery owner from Beulich and his wife, Prof. Dr. Beate Reifenscheid, Director Ludwig Museum, Robert van den Valentyn, Auctioneer van Ham


Our THANKS go to the artists who have generously contributed to the charity “Action for Art and Culture in the Ahr Valley” by donating particularly expressive works. Without this broad solidarity with the affected cultural region, such a fantastic result would not have been possible.

With 150,000 euros raised by the charity auction, the director of the Ludwig Museum in Koblenz, Prof. Dr. Beate Reifenscheid, and Markus Diede, gallery owner from Beulich, will soon be able to distribute this sum to affected artists with the help of the Volksbank RheinAhrEifel civic foundation. The campaign is under the patronage of the state government’s reconstruction commissioner, State Secretary Nicole Steingaß, who once again impressively brought her own experiences of the flood disaster in the Ahr valley to life in her speech that evening. The evening’s bidder was also State Secretary Prof. Jürgen Hardeck, who purchased works by Rhineland-Palatinate artists for the ministries.

Thanks to the auction house van Ham, Cologne, and its accomplished auctioneer Robert van der Valentyn, his team and the assistance of the chairwoman of the Friends of the two municipal museums, Lissa Sauer-Kirchlinne, the auction proceeded routinely, humorously and with many a hot bidding war. Our thanks also go to the collectors and supporters who made this sum possible in the first place.

Here you can find the price list.

Unimaginable water masses and resulting events destroyed the region of the Ahr valley in the Eifel in the night from Wednesday 14 July to Thursday 15 July 2021. Along with other regions in NRW, the Rhineland and Hesse, this region of the Ahr valley was particularly badly affected. The horrific consequences are 133 dead, numerous injured and traumatised people, as well as people who are still missing today. The region suffered immense damage amounting to billions of euros, as some of the infrastructure was completely destroyed and many families, business people, restaurateurs, cultural institutions, etc. lost their living and working space.

The Ludwig Museum Koblenz, with its director Prof. Dr. Beate Reifenscheid, and the Diede Gallery, Beulich, have therefore initiated the aid project “Action Art & Culture in the Ahr Valley” and, together with many committed artists*, have collected a large number of fantastic works donated by them. These will now be put under the hammer in a charity auction by the renowned auction house van Ham. Now it’s up to all of you to get actively involved in the cultural scene in the Ahr Valley. Please help us to finally be able to transfer a considerable amount to those who urgently need support! Set a sign of solidarity.

100% of the donation proceeds will go to the Volksbank RheinAhrEifel eG’s civic foundation.
The civic foundation of Volksbank RheinAhrEifel eG strives with its activities to sustainably promote cultural and social life in its business area. In this way, it wants to contribute to strengthening the home region and making it attractive and fit for the future. In addition to providing financial support for projects that are brought to its attention, it repeatedly initiates projects of its own and thus provides forward-looking and trend-setting impulses. Against the backdrop of the flood disaster, the Foundation has dedicated its commitment very specifically to those affected and to helpers in the disaster areas. The foundation’s board of trustees consults closely with a group of experts from the field of art and culture on the distribution of donations to cultural institutions and cultural workers from the Ahr Valley.

The recipient of the money is the civic foundation of the Volksbank RheinAhrEifel, which distributes the money to needy art and culture professionals in the Ahr Valley.

The account details are:

IBAN: DE44 5776 1591 0417 8949 01
Volksbank RheinAhrEifel

Keyword: “Art and Culture in the Ahr Valley”.
After purchasing the artwork, please add your lot number as the reason for payment.

On 22 September from 6 p.m. you can follow the action directly. After registering, you will receive a bidder’s number to bid as a room bidder.
Please send your bid with address and telephone number in advance by e-mail to Your written bid will only be used as far as there is a counter bid.
counter bid. Alternatively, we will call you during the auction so that you can bid “live” on a lot by telephone.

The catalogue of the auction can be found here.

Preview of the works: from Saturday 18 September at the Ludwig Museum Koblenz.

The following artists have donated works for this auction:

Baumgärtel, Thomas

Baumgarten, Armin

Benner, Carmen

Beuys, Joseph (Edition Staeck)

Bieganik, Marek

Bitter, Eberhard

Chief, Genia

Enders, Eva Maria

Geiger, Rupprecht

Gelker, Dorothea

Götze, Moritz

Gross, Rainer

Helnwein, Gottfried

Hochgesand, Janus

Hupperich, Endy

Kellner, Thomas

Kutzner, Wolfgang

Lan, Jiny

Lauterjung, Michael

Lerner, Titus

Lieder, Gerd

Lieffertz, Detlef

Lowack, Astrid

Meyer, Heiner

Nauroth, Bernhard

Petersen, Jan

Polke, Sigmar

Rasch, Folkert

Richter, Kai

Rump, Aloys

Scheib, Hans

Schüle, Dorothea

Senteur, Kolja

Staeck, Klaus

Stutz, Tobias

Szczesny, Stefan

Thiel, Norbert


Ticha, Hans

Tress, Horst

Vetere, Giovanni

Wendels, Franziskus

Zimmer, Bernd

Act in solidarity! Please help!!!!

Key dates:

– The art auction will take place on 22 September 2021, starting at 6 pm at the Museum Ludwig in Koblenz.

– Prof. Dr. Beate Reifenscheid (Director of the Museum Ludwig Koblenz) will host the auction and present the donated artworks of the artists.

We would also like to thank the Association of Friends of the Mittelrhein Museum and the Ludwig Museum, as well as the Mache Foundation for Education & Culture, Witten.

Thankfully, the state government’s reconstruction commissioner, State Secretary Nicole Steingaß, has taken on the patronage of the Art and Culture in the Ahr Valley campaign.


Janus Hochgesand: Ohne Titel, 2020, Öl und Pigment auf Leinwand, 220 x 180 cm, Privatbesitz Franzi und Moritz Niemann, Ausstellung: Never stop exploring 2020 Westwerk, Hamburg (C) Foto: Helge Mundt


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