As a relatively young category within Christie’s 250 year history, the Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art department has undergone remarkable growth and development since its inception in the late 1990s. To stay abreast of the rapidly changing market, this Hong Kong based department has expanded its international presence across the globe, with dedicated specialists teams in New York, Paris, Singapore, Jakarta, Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei to reflect the ever-increasing international interest in Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art, as well as provide exceptional local expertise and a bespoke experience to Christie’s clients in every region.
Christie’s remains at the forefront of the art market with a clear and strategic vision: in 2005, Christie’s became the first international auction house to present quality contemporary art from across the East Asian region in one sale; in 2008, Christie’s pioneered the inaugural Evening Sale for Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art, establishing Hong Kong as one of the key centers of the global art world; more recently in 2013, Christie’s became the first international auction house to operate independently in mainland China with its annual sales that bring together masterpieces by both Western and Asian 20th Century & Contemporary artists, as well as works by emerging Chinese artists, into record-breaking sales in Shanghai.
Season after season, Christie’s Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art department innovates within the market. Through bringing together a rich diversity of masterpieces and placing them in new curatorial contexts, whether that be through offering curated selections of Singaporean and Vietnamese art at auction, presenting top quality artworks from the Korean Danseakhwa movement in its private selling exhibition spaces in both the Eastern and Western hemispheres, or further expanding the accessibility and exposure of Asian Contemporary Art through online sales, the department’s specialists inspire Christie’s clients to expand the breadth and depth of their collections.
With an impressive and innovative approach to exhibitions and catalogues, Christie’s Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art department excels at anticipating important market trends to adapt to the perpetually evolving taste of collectors. Through its unparalleled international presence, Christie’s continues to be a recognized leader in producing top sale results, playing a pivotal role in shaping the way Asian Art is perceived in the international market, as well as establishing the category firmly on the global art map.