30 years after opening a small representative office in Hong Kong, Christie's
will inaugurate a brand new space on the 22nd floor of Alexandra House, on 28th February, 2014. This state-of-the-art multi-purpose gallery is named after Christies founder, James Christie (1730-1803), and follows in the same spirit as similar spaces developed by Christie's in London, Paris and New York. With sweeping views of Victoria Harbour and over 250 square meters of viewing rooms, it offers the capability to hold uniquely curated exhibitions, educational Art Forums, sponsored and charity events, private sales, and auctions of specialty categories.
To mark this occasion, a special exhibition has been organized showing the Best of the Best in many collecting fields, from Christie's forthcoming auctions in Hong Kong, London and New York, as well as works of art for private sale and simply on exhibition. It covers Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Chinese Paintings, Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, Jewellery, Watches, Post-War & Contemporary Art, Impressionist & Modern Art and more. Highlights include paintings from Asian artists Chu Teh-Chun (B. 1920), Liu Kuo-Sung (B. 1932), Xu Beihong (1895 1953) and Zeng Fanzhi (B. 1964), to artworks by Western artists Ruth Asawa (1926 2013), Claude Monet (1840 1926), Camille Pissarro (1830 1903), Gerhard Richter (B. 1932) and Andy Warhol (1928 1987). The works will be shown until 15th March, 2014.
In recent years, collectors in Asia have expressed a growing interest in the world of art and auctions. 2013 saw auctions results from Christies Hong Kong increase by 30%, with buyers from Greater China representing 22% of total global sales. In response to this demand, Christies continues to develop innovative ways for clients to connect and engage in this dynamic art market. With the ability to exhibit on a continuous basis in the James Christie Room, Christies will be better positioned to provide art collectors and art lovers access to world-class works from salerooms all over the globe.
Our record results for Asia in 2013 demonstrate the growing demand and appreciation for art and culture in this region. This strong performance gives us confidence to invest further in our business in Hong Kong. In the James Christie Room, we will host frequent exhibitions with works from our international auctions, thereby providing collectors an access to exceptional art throughout the year. We
will also develop a full educational programme with lectures and fine art courses. We look forward to welcoming collectors and friends on a regular basis and hope the space will provide an inspiring addition to our range of services and activities in Hong Kong. said François Curiel, President of Christies Asia.