In collaboration with the pianist Igor Levit, Grisebach will be holding a silent auction on Sunday, June 28th as part of our summer auctions. The proceeds will go to the foundations FREO e.V. and Artist Relief Tree.
At the beginning of the corona pandemic, Igor Levit streamed concerts from his living room for over 52 days in an effort to draw awareness to the plight many artists and creators are experiencing around the world. One of these was held in the Office of the Federal President by invitation of Frank-Walter Steinmeier. On May 30th/31st a concert was held that blurred the borders of both space and time. A work like a silent cry („wie ein Stummer Schrei“): the pianist performed one of the longest compositions in music’s history, Erik Satie’s 20-hour long piece ‘Vexations’. These 840 pages of sheet music will be offered in one lot on Sunday, June 28th from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Grisebach’s silent auction. Levit will be appearing live for the three highest bidders during the final 20 minutes of the auction.
FREO e.V. is a new interest group for independent ensembles and orchestras in Germany. This organisation aims to support freelance musician led ensembles and orchestras: https://freo. online/.
Artist Relief Tree is a new fund that was established in the USA to provide financial support for artists affected by COVID-19 cancellations: https://artistrelieftree.com/
As an art and auction house, Grisebach is committed to contributing to the preservation of cultural life and the arts, as well as promoting and supporting artists of all kinds, especially in difficult times.
Bids may be placed at Igor-Levit@grisebach.com.