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Madame Tussauds New York will bring Bollywood to life in Times Square with an all new limited-time-only Bollywood Experience launching Tuesday April 10th. Visitors will come face-to-face with figures of some of India’s most iconic stars including Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Amitabh Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan, Salman […]
On Wednesday March 28th, 2018, the Ioanna Kourbela Designer brand in collaboration with Athens Xclusive Designers Week and Golden Sponsor Xiaomi Smartphones, organized its Autumn / Winter 2018-19 fashion event, in the heart of Athens. The presentation of the new collection took place, in one of the most iconic landmark buildings of […]
The Spring Collector Sales, April 10-11
featuring installation vignette by
Rafael de Cárdenas Ltd. / Architecture at Large Partners
Christie’s announces the Spring Collector sales series to include two auctions on April 10, The Collector: English & European Furniture, Fine Art, Ceramics & Silver and The Collector: Silver, 19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art, Ceramics & Carpets, and a dedicated single-owner sale on April 11, The Feather Collection: Fine Furniture & Works of Art. The Collector sales bring together extraordinary pieces of decorative art by the most renowned artists and craftsmen from the 17th to the 19th century, spanning English and European furniture, fine art, clocks, ceramics, silver and sculpture.
For this season’s sales, Christie’s has partnered with Rafael de Cárdenas Ltd. / Architecture at Large to design a vignette installation to feature select highlights from the Collector auctions. Bringing in floral arrangements from Meta Flora and designing a bespoke structure to display, the activation will imbue objects such as an Italian parcel-gilt silver model of a centaur on an amethyst base (estimate: $4,000-6,000), A late Louis XVI ormolu-mounted mahogany bureau plat, by Guillaume Benneman (estimate: $50,000-100,000), and a Thomas Webb & Sons glass vase (estimate: $2,000-3,000) with a contemporary feel.
The installation will be on view at Christie’s from April 6 – 9 at Christie’s 20 Rockefeller Plaza Galleries in New York, and the auctions will take place from April 10-11. Together the three auctions encompass over 400 lots with estimates on individual items ranging from $2,000 up to $400,000.
Rafael de Cárdenas, remarks: “Partnering with Christie’s for the upcoming Collector sales has been a privilege that’s allowed me intimate contact with some of the 18th and 19th century decorative pieces in the auction. In my work, we use historical objects, though in many cases not as old as these pieces, so it was a wonderful opportunity to really experience them in depth, and be able to examine them so closely.”
Come and discover the new temporary stores in Rome’s Via del Tritone Rinascente, dedicated to the Women and Men’s collections. Until Sunday, April 8th an expert will be available to personalise your new t-shirts, sneakers and Sicily Bags. Until April 18th, Dolce&Gabbana participates in #TheGreenLife […]
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Three Leading European Art Dealers to Curate Pop-Up Exhibition at Hong Kong Convention Centre During May Auction Season
Christie’s Announces Three Leading European Art Dealers to Curate Pop-Up Exhibition at Hong Kong Convention Centre During May Auction Season
Robert Bowman – Didier Claes – Xavier Eeckhout
25 to 29 May 2018
Left: Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917), Le Baiser (The Kiss), 2nd Reduction, Conceived in 1886 © Courtesy Bowman Sculpture , Centre: Rembrandt Bugatti (Italian 1884-1916), Asian Elephant walking, circa 1909-1910 © Courtesy Xavier Eeckhout Gallery, Right: GABON (Makokou-Mékambo) Kota Mask, Presumed period: late 19th to early 20th century © Studio Philippe de Formanoir
As part of Christie’s ongoing commitment to facilitating the public exhibition and sale of works of art from a broad variety of categories to global audiences, a special exhibition will be staged from 25 to 29 May by three leading European dealers at the Hong Kong Convention Centre, during Christie’s spring season of activities.
Guillaume Cerutti, Chief Executive Officer, Christie’s: “We have invited Robert Bowman, Didier Claes and Xavier Eeckhout, three highly respected figures in the art industry, to bring a selection of works of art to our flagship public exhibition in Asia. Christie’s is not only committed to exhibiting and celebrating artworks from across era and cultures, we also wish to forge stronger relationships with our partners in the trade through projects such as this. These selling exhibitions offer a wonderful opportunity to collectors in Asia.”
BOWMAN SCULPTURE, LONDON
Bowman Sculpture specialises in works by leading artists, ranging from the 19th century through to the present day, and is the foremost gallery in the world for sculpture by Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917). During Christie’s May season in Hong Kong, Bowman Sculpture will present a selection of works by Rodin, whose celebrated sculptures have become icons of modern art. Highlighting the collection will be Rodin’s Le Baiser (The Kiss) (conceived in 1886), one of the artist’s best known sculptures. Originally conceived as part of The Gates of Hell, it was first exhibited as an independent group in Paris and Brussels in 1887. The Kiss represents the tragic love story of Paolo and Francesca da Rimini from Dante’s Inferno. Today, with its blend of eroticism and idealism, The Kiss is considered an emblem of love and passion and will be displayed alongside Rodin’s L’Éternel Printemps (Eternal Spring) (conceived in 1884), also inspired by Paolo and Francesca.
The exhibition will also present Le frère et la soeur (Brother and Sister) (conceived in 1890), a rare collaboration between Rodin and the famous female sculptor Camille Claudel, who was Rodin’s lover and studio assistant. Madly in love but unable to abandon his partner of many years Rose Beuret, the relationship between Rodin and Claudel ended in 1890, the same year that Le frère et la soeur was conceived. While the sculpture is signed by Rodin and acknowledged as being a work he created, the original figure for the young woman was in fact modelled on Claudel’s La Jeune Fille à la Gerbe (Young Girl with a Sheaf). Using Claudel’s original form, Rodin made slight alterations to the composition including the addition of the small child. Le frère et la soeur (Brother and Sister) is the only known work in which Rodin directly collaborated with Claudel and was greatly received by collector’s during Rodin’s lifetime, perhaps because of its tender nature which differentiated it from the sombre figures that characterised The Gates of Hell. As a result, numerous museum collections around the world currently house versions of this model; including the Musée Rodin (Paris), the Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge), Walker Art Gallery (Liverpool), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC) and the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston).
Robert Bowman: “Rodin sits among the greatest sculptors since Michelangelo. While acquiring sculpture by Michelangelo is impossible, it is still possible to collect world class sculptures by Rodin. At Bowman Sculpture, we guide collectors through the maze of numerous casts, offering only the very best works from the artist.”
DIDIER CLAES, BELGIUM
The Didier Claes gallery will display a selection of important masks, highlighted by a Kota mask from Gabon, along with a Chokwe mask from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and an Ibibio mask from Nigeria. The Kota masks are a rare and still unknown aspect of Kota art, discovered in the 20th century in North Kota, eastern Gabon. This mask (presumed period: late 19th to early 20th century), is known as an Emboli or Empoli and is a helmet mask of impressive height, carved out of wood. The mask reflects dreamlike imagery, merging animal and anthropomorphic motifs. The face is somewhat reminiscent of reliquaries with bulging eyes, a flat triangular nose and a rectangular mouth. The spots on the mask symbolise the panther and represent a warlike strength, while the ridge recalls the sagittal crest of the male gorilla, which evokes a powerful spirit of the forest. These masks appear at festivals and during the initiation ceremonies.
The exhibition will also feature a Pwo female mask (presumed period: late 19th to early 20th century), an outstanding example of a traditional Chokwe mask. Carved in wood, the mask features half-closed almond eyes with arched brows and patterns of scarification. The mask honours the founding female ancestors from who the Chokwe trace their descent and are often worn during ceremonies to bring fertility and prosperity to a community.
The Ibibio mask (presumed period: late 19th to early 20th century) originates from southwest Nigeria. The mask has an emaciated appearance and the design is indicative of death or to the diseases common to the area. These masks are worn during annual ceremonies and relay the connection between the world of the living and that of their ancestors, who are responsible for the welfare of the tribe.
Didier Claes: “On the occasion of the exhibition organised by Christie’s in Hong Kong with two other gallery owners, Xavier Eeckhout and Robert Bowman, my gallery will present a selection of important masks. The selected group includes a Chokwe mask from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, an Ibibio from Nigeria, and also a rare masterpiece: a Kota mask from Gabon. Power, exaltation and discovery will be the themes of this exhibition. The gallery has decided to participate in this exhibition for two reasons; it is a lovely opportunity to exhibit in a fabulous city with an exciting, fast-paced art scene and the Didier Claes gallery is honored to work in collaboration with Christie’s and great art dealers: Xavier Eeckhout and Robert Bowman.”
GALERIE XAVIER EECKHOUT, PARIS
Xavier Eeckhout is an expert in the field of animal sculpture, offering an eclectic and varied array of works. Among the highlights on display during the exhibition, Galerie Xavier Eeckhout will present Rembrandt Bugatti’s (Italian, 1884-1916) Asian elephant walking (circa 1909-1910). Bug
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