PROJECT | Outset Germany_Switzerland Charity Auction | Philara Collection, Duesseldorf | September 2017
On September 29th, 2017, OUTSET Germany_Switzerland hosted a Charity Auction. The auction took place at the PHILARA Collection in Dusseldorf and was held by PHILLIPS and ARTSY. The proceeds of this one-time auction were needed and used to finance the OUTSET Germany_Switzerland projects 2016 to 2018. Following artists were incuded: Armin Boehm, Julius von Bismarck + Julian Charrière, Jan Paul Evers, Henning Fehr + Philipp Rühr, Michael von Hassel, Keith Haring, Gregor Hildebrandt, Leiko Ikemura, Arik Levy, Thomas Ruff, SEO, Andreas Slominski, Henning Strassburger, Wolfgang Tillmans and many more.
OUTSET CONTEMPORARY ART FUND was founded in 2003 as a charitable organization for the benefit of contemporary art by Candida Gertler OBE and Yana Peel (the latter now CEO of the Serpentine Galleries) in London. OUTSET is the only independent philanthropic institution worldwide receiving private as well as corporate funds from sponsors and patrons to foster new art for the public benefit financially with 100 per cent of the money raised. In addition to that OUTSET supports artist residencies. By the end of 2016, OUTSET was able to support more than 160 artists and 80 institutions worldwide with a total of 8.5 million euros. OUTSET has chapters in England, Scotland, Estonia, Germany, India, Israel, the Netherlands, Greece and Switzerland.
Involving international curators, the patrons and partners of OUTSET support productions, purchases and financing for public institutions. These include the major, leading international museums; But the spectrum extends to the small public collection, which needs support. OUTSET also supports exhibitions. However, this only possible in connection with the transfer of an artwork from the respective exhibition to OUTSET. The given artwork will then be donated by OUTSET to a public institution. This assumption is owed to the VALUE SETTING, which is the highest goal for OUTSET. The projects are funded exclusively through applications from public institutions. This means that we bring art to museums which the institutions were asking for. Our funding is entirely independent of institutions. What makes OUTSET so unique among many art-promoting institutions is the close contact with artists and the exchange with artists; always accompanied by curators. OUTSET supports artists at crucial points in their careers.