The French auction house, Piasa kicks off a charity auction in support of the COVID-19 frontliners in France. The online charity sale of contemporary art and design is for the benefit of #ProtegeTonSoignant (Protect Your Caregiver) initiative and will run from the evening of April 3 to the evening of April 5, 2020.
An article published by The Art Newspaper said that all proceeds will be used to purchase the much needed personal protective equipment such as face masks and gloves for doctors, nurses as well as caregivers alongside the buying of crucial medical equipment such as respirators. The money raised will also be for buying food, microwaves, coffee machines and other essentials for caregivers.
Laurent Dumas, real estate entrepreneur and president of Piasa is spearheading the sale and is also #protègetonsoignant which includes medics, businessmen, and artists dedicated to giving support to healthcare workers who are risking their lives fighting the global COVID-19 crisis but are struggling to receive the equipment and supplies that they need.
The online catalog has over 360 lots of paintings, works on paper, photographs, furniture, and design pieces on sale. They have been donated by artists, designers and galleries including Kamel Mennour, Levy Gorvy, Almine Rech, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac and Galerie Eric Dupont. Works by Tatiana Trouvé, Jeff Koons, Pierre et Gilles, Birger Kaipiainen, Charlotte Perriand and Andrés Segovia are also part of the sale.