SHANGHAI - One year after its ground-breaking inaugural sale in mainland China, Christie's announces the opening of a new home and a multi-purpose art space at Shanghai's historical Bund. To mark the occasion, Christie's will present its Shanghai autumn auctions on 24 October featuring an evening sale of Asian and Western 20th Century and Contemporary Art, a Prestigious Lifestyle sale, and the launch of a new category of Chinese Contemporary Design. A private selling exhibition, The Art of The Horse, will be the opening exhibition at Christie's Shanghai on 21 October and tours to Hong Kong in November.
Located in the heart of The Bund - the symbol of the city, Christie's Shanghai is housed at the Ampire Building which was built in 1907 and has been part of the urban landscape over the past century. The combination of heritage and style is a perfect match for Christie's. Covering an area of nearly 1,000 square meters for exhibition galleries and offices, Christie's Shanghai will serve as a convening place for collectors and art lovers by holding exhibitions, lectures, events, private sales, and embodies the same spirit of similar spaces developed by Christie's in New York, London and Paris.
"Shanghai blends a fascinating history and a dynamic spirit, which makes it one of the great cultural centres in the world. The character and elegance of the classical building on the Bund, which has become Christie's new "home‟, is a perfect illustration of the uniqueness of this city. It will provide an ideal setting for us to continue developing our activities, with an expanded programme of auctions, exhibitions, lectures and events tailored to the interests of Chinese collectors," said François Curiel, Chairman of Christie's Asia Pacific.
Since setting up as the first international auction house in China in 1994 with a representative office, this latest landmark in Christie's history demonstrates the auction house's commitment to China and its art market.
Jinqing Cai, President of Christie's China, said, “As we continue to expand in China, Christie's new art space will allow us to accommodate the many activities that we have planned for China. Our mission is to become an integral part of the art community in China while promoting great works of art by Chinese artists and creative talents globally. The launch of our Chinese Contemporary Design category, for example, is also part of our plan to offer exciting initiatives to art lovers in China and worldwide. After being exhibited at Christie's Paris, Hong Kong and New York, the collection will be offered at Christie's Shanghai autumn auction.”
CHINESE CONTEMPORARY DESIGN
Christie's will be introducing during the Shanghai Autumn Auction on 24 October, Chinese Contemporary Design, a new category featuring a dialogue between Tradition and Modernity.
This first auction will offer 20 unique pieces ranging from furniture to ceramics and works of art, made by Chinese masters from the finest raw materials.
These high quality pieces are designed to match the elegance of today's modern aesthetic. Inspired by the beauty of traditional Chinese culture and craft, each piece represents a continuous dialogue between the past, present and future.
• "ECHO" A white eggshell porcelain bowl
• "LAN YUE" ("Embrace the moon‟) Hand Bag
• "DA TIAN DI" (Sky and Earth) A pair of "Bo Luo‟ lacquered carbon fiber chairs
• “DA TIAN DI” (Sky and Earth) A cocobollo wood Luohan bed
THE ART OF THE HORSE: A PRIVATE SALES EXHIBITION
Christie's Shanghai: October 21-30 Christie's Hong Kong: November 21-25
The Art of the Horse is a ground-breaking cross-departmental private sales exhibition which features highly important works exploring the portrayal and symbolism of the horse from diverse cultures across the ages. This unique show comprises over 50 exhibits from a broad range of collecting categories, from paintings, drawings and photographs to sculpture, jade and jewellery, with a total value of over US $30 million. Incorporating the best of Chinese and international artists, from Antiquities to Post-War and Contemporary Art, The Art of the Horse offers a fascinating insight into how different cultures have engaged and connected with this beguiling creature through artistic expression.
• Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A., R.W.S. (1878-1959) The Start Signed „A.J. Munnings' (Lower Right) Oil on Panel 18 X 22 In. (46 X 56 cm) Painted Circa 1937
• Edgar Degas (1834-1917) Cheval Se Cabrant Stamped With The Signature „Degas' (Lugt 658), Inscribed „4‟ And Stamped With The Foundry Mark CIRE PERDUE A.A.HÉBRARD (On The Top Of The Base) Numbered Twice „AP‟ (On The Underside Of The Base) Bronze With Dark Brown Patina 12 In. (30.5 cm) High
• A Very Rare Imperial White Jade Horse Group Qianlong Period (1736-1795) 5 1/4 In. (13.3 cm) Long, Stand, Box
• Xu Beihong (1895 - 1953) Horses Drinking Scroll, Mounted And Framed, Ink and Colour on Paper 28 5/8 X 44 1/8 In.(72.8 X 112 cm)