Germann Auctionhouse Zurich
Important Paintings, Sculptures, Watercolors, Drawings and Prints
Monday, 23 November 2020, 06:00 pm

Andy Warhol, Moon Explorer

Lot 24

Andy Warhol, 1928-1987 (US)

Moon Explorer, 1983

Acrylic and screen printing ink on canvas.
H 355 mm W 278 mm.

Verso signed and dated on the canvas overlap: Andy Warhol, 83. (Frame).

CHF200'000 / 300'000
EUR190'000 / 280'000
USD220'000 / 330'000

Hammer Price: CHF 200'000

Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich;
Swiss private property;
New York, Sotheby's, 15. November 2007. Lot 311;
Swiss private property.

Zurich, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger.
Children Paintings and Installation, 3.12.1983 - 10.3.1984.

Silvia Neysters, Sabine Söll-Tauchert.
Andy Warhol, un mythe américain.
Paris, Éditions Palette, 2004.
Illustration on page 16.


In 1982 the gallery-owner and friend of Andy Warhol, Bruno Bischofberger, asked the artist to create a group of small works for children. Warhol responded with his series of Toy paintings. The colourful silkscreen paintings feature monkeys, parrots, dogs, clowns, and robots, all inspired by the artists own collection of clockwork toys.
In1983 the series was shown at the Galerie Bischofberger in Zürich. The works were installed on a wallpaper of silver fish swimming on a blue blackground and each painting was hung at eye level for three- to five-year-old children. As Bischofberger describes in his 'Brief History of my relationship with Andy Warhol' from 2001, adults had to stoop down to examine the artworks closely and an entry fee was charched for visitors not accompanied by children under six.
Warhol's 'Moon Explorer' from 1983 was shown for the first time at this exhibition and is prominently featured on the wall in documentary photographs.