From April 20 to 28, Christie’s will open the doors of its new West Coast arts space with a special exhibition of more than 60 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works on paper, as well as a selection of jewels, watches and private sale items. The exhibition was curated from the auction house’s signature May sales of Impressionist, Modern, Post-War, Contemporary and Latin American art, which take place in New York, and was designed to create an engaging visual dialogue between the major artists of each era, from Europe to the Americas.
This event will mark the premier exhibition of this new space for our parent company. To design this new multi-functional flagship location in Beverly Hills, Christie’s engaged wHY, the interdisciplinary design team known for collaborating with important Los Angeles clients such as the Marciano Art Foundation, CalArts and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as top artists and collectors.
Creative Director of wHY highlights that his firm has one language, which is essential design — tight and timeless with a focus on the essences of architecture in terms of space, light, proportion and tectonics.
Speaking to the significance of the opening, Sonya Roth, Managing Director, Christie’s LA: “This is Christie’s moment to shine in LA and we are delighted to have assembled such a stellar exhibition of fine art, jewelry, watches and private sale items to celebrate our grand opening in Beverly Hills. Our goal over these next few weeks is to welcome in both new and established collectors to acquaint themselves with all that Christie’s has to offer the LA community — whether it is expertise, education, or simply engagement with the beautiful objects Christie’s has been entrusted with. This first exhibition is just the start of a dynamic program to come, and we look forward to officially embarking on this exciting next chapter in the growth of Christie’s on the West Coast.”
Among the highlights of the exhibition are masterpieces by the titans of 20th century art, including Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer (1962), the first triptych Francis Bacon painted of his great muse (estimate on request – exceeding $50 million); Leda and the Swan (1962) by Cy Twombly ($35-55 million), a celebrated tour-de-force by the artist that is emerging from a private collection after nearly 30 years unseen by the public (estimate $35-55 million); andFemme assise dans un fauteuil (1917-1920) by Pablo Picasso, a Cubist portrait of the artist’s first wife, the Russian ballerina Olga Khokhlova (estimate $20-30 million). The Grand Opening exhibition at Christie’s LA marks the first time these three museum-quality masterpieces will be exhibited together publicly in the U.S.