• Lecture: The Beginning of Western Modernism – Manet
• Lecture: Dada & Surrealism
• Lecture: School of Paris
• Market Discussion: Fauvism & Cubism
• Conversation with the Christie's Chairman's Office
• Christie's Shanghai Autumn Auctions Preview Tour
The Beginning of Western Modernism – Manet
Often considered as the pioneer of Western modern art, our symposium begins with looking into the life and works of Édouard Manet (1832-1883). We will explore the concept of Modernism by focusing on his major works Luncheon on the Grass and Olympia, and his influences on his contemporaries. We will also discuss the decline of the official Paris Salon and the rise of modern gallery system.
Dada & Surrealism
The horrors and inanity of World War I led a group of intellectuals to reject reason, and idealism in modern society, leading to the creation of Dada and Surrealism. Key proponents of Dada such as Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) subverted artistic traditions and declared ‘readymades’ to be works of art. Surrealism was a literary and artistic movement that explored chance and the subconscious, exemplified by richly symbolic and sensuous works that celebrated the uninhibited mind.
School of Paris
This lecture explores the loosely affiliated group of foreign artists who gathered near Montparnasse and became known as the School of Paris. These artists were stylistically diverse and from all over the world, including Italian Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920), Russians Marc Chagall (1887-1985) and Chaïm Soutine (1893-1943), all gathered in an environment of unprecedented international exchange.
Market Discussion: Fauvism & Cubism
Cubism & Fauvism were not only significant art movements in Western Modern art, they also spearheaded multiple auctions and breakthrough sale records for the artists, from Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) to Henri Matisse (1869-1954). Christie’s Senior Director for Impressionism & Modern Art, Elaine Holt, Christie’s Managing Director for China, Charlotte Liu and Christie’s Director for Asia Chairman's Office and Auctioneer, Elaine Kwok, will discuss the continued interests in Cubist and Fauvist works of art in the global art market, especially the growing demand for them from Asian collectors.
Conversation with Jinqing Cai: International Auction House in China
Over the years, Christie’s has facilitated a strong global dialogue between Western and Chinese art. We will meet with Jinqing Cai, President of Kering Greater China and former Chairman of Christie’s China, who will provide insights into the art ecosystem in China and share her most memorable sale to date.
Christie's Shanghai Autumn Auctions Preview Tour
Led by a seasoned Christie’s specialist, we will have a chance to see some of the exciting works of art curated for the Autumn auctions in Shanghai at Christie’s Shanghai office.
Disclaimer: Programme details are subject to change.