Participating Certificates

27 Sep - 09 Nov 2008

© Gabriel Orozco

Exhibition on view: September 27 - November 9, 2008

The participating certificate was initiated on the occasion of the 100th Portikus exhibition. One hundred artists who had been exhibiting at Portikus since 1987 were asked each to design 10 of those participating certificates. Each certificate was numbered between 1 and 1000, and the idea was, that they were sold by order following those numbers. This meant that one person could order a certificate for € 500,-, but without having an idea who the artist was. It was by complete chance whether you would receive a print by Sigmar Polke, a drawing by Lawrence Weiner or Ellsworth Kelly, a photo by Candida Höfer or Andreas Gursky, a work by Gerhard Richter, Marlene Dumas, Thomas Hirschhorn, Ayse Erkmen, Sol LeWitt, Hanne Darboven etc. During the project we sold about 650 of those participating certificates.
Now, we have been discussing about how to proceed with the other 350 works. We decided to arrange the certificates in twenty carefully curated sets of ten. Each of those sets is sold for € 5.000,-, but the collectors know what they receive.
In the past the participating certificates were shown at Portikus in March 2001 and at the art frankfurt in the same year.

Tags: Hanne Darboven, Marlene Dumas, Ayşe Erkmen, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Hirschhorn, Candida Höfer, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Lawrence Weiner