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Christie's Art Forums presents special events and seminars throughout the year to enrich our visitors' experience of art. As the leading international auction house, Christie's is dedicated to providing collectors and art enthusiasts with the opportunity and knowledge to enjoy art, navigate the market and share in the passion of building magnificent collections.

Hong Kong

Rockefeller Style: Art and Objects

Conversation Friday, 24 November, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Woods Room – Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong Details

“Beauty gives one joy, and joy, in turn, generally adds new and productive facets to one’s overall perspective.” —David Rockefeller

Asian art dealer Robert Hatfield Ellsworth described the homes of Peggy and David Rockefeller as “brimming with marvelous works of art affectionately displayed… with an eye to marvelous juxtaposition and form.” Unrivaled in modern times, The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller reflects a lifelong passion for art and encompasses works of Impressionist, Modern, American, and Asian art; English and European decorative arts; and Chinese export porcelain. This art forum will explore the connection between art and object, generational collecting and the joy of connoisseurship.

Speakers:
Mr Conor Jordan, Deputy Chairman of Impressionist and Modern Art, Christie’s
Ms Becky MacGuire, Senior Specialist of Decorative Arts and Design, Christie's

Language:
Conversation will be conducted in English, and translated simultaneously into Putonghua.



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Monet's Paradise: Giverny

Conversation Saturday, 25 November, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
James Christie Room – Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong Details

Sylvie Patin, Senior Honorary Curator of Musee d’Orsay, Paris and Adrien Meyer Christie’s Co-Chairman, Impressionist & Modern Art, will explore Giverny and its surroundings; Claude Monet’s beautiful home and universe he built, where he spent over half of his life creating his greatest achievements. A place which attracts over half a million visitors each year from all over the world, as well as painters, charmed by the unique light of the Seine Valley. The talk will touch upon the collection, titled Dear Monsieur Monet, to be sold in Hong Kong on November 26, which presents an intimate and family driven insight into one of art history’s most beloved artists. Hidden from the rest of the world, these works owned by Claude Monet had only been seen in catalogue reproductions. They reveal both Monet the collector, and Monet the painter. The collection comprises of works by Boudin, Signac, Manet, Blanche-Hoschede, Butler, Ritman but also Japanese prints, which the artist was such an avid collector of.

Welcome Remarks By:
Mr Eric Berti, Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau

Speakers:
Ms Sylvie Patin, Senior Honorary Curator of Musee d’Orsay, Paris
Mr Adrien Meyer, Christie’s Co-Chairman, Impressionist & Modern Art, Christie’s

Language:
Conversation will be conducted in English, and translated simultaneously into Putonghua.



Sacha Guitry, Claude Monet, Giverny, 1915, gelatin silver print, aristotype
Fondation Claude Monet, Giverny ©

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The Rockefellers: Art and Philanthropy; a Family Legacy

Panel discussion Saturday, 25 November, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
James Christie Room – Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong Details

"For five generations, my family has experienced the real satisfaction and pleasure of philanthropy." —David Rockefeller

This art forum concentrates on the conjunction of collecting and philanthropy over generations of the Rockefeller family, and will explore how Asia is developing its own philanthropic identity and synergies with art and culture.

As the most successful family in American history, the Rockefellers have for more than the last century sought to enrich the world through their extraordinary philanthropy. Since the time of John D. Rockefeller, this philanthropy has taken two forms: primarily the aim to improve the human condition and to salve the human spirit through art. Rockefeller family giving has helped to create major institutions, among them Peking Union Medical College, Rockefeller University, University of Chicago, Asian Cultural Council and Asia Society. Art-related endowments have provided the foundation for The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Cloisters in New York and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, and The Rockefeller Museum in Jerusalem. Restoration in France of the palaces of Versailles and Fontainebleau and Notre-Dame Cathedral of Reims was sponsored by the Rockefeller family following The Great War."

Panelists:
Mr Peter Johnson, Rockefeller Family Historian and Senior Associate
Professor Roger King, Founder & Director, Tanoto Center for Asian Family Business and Entrepreneurship Studies, HKUST
Ms Alice Mong, Executive Director of Asia Society
Mr Marc Porter, Christie's Chairman Americas


Moderator:
Mrs Marissa Fung-Shaw, Board Director of Asian Cultural Council Hong Kong Foundation


Language:
Panel Discussion will be conducted in English, and translated simultaneously into Putonghua.

Peggy and David Rockefeller, sailing
Image courtesy of the Rockefeller Archive Center.

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Treasured by Connoisseurs - A Magnificent Jiajing Fish Jar

Lecture Sunday, 26 November, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Exhibition Area – Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong Details

This lecture focuses on one of the highlights of Ming polychrome porcelain production. Very few large wucai fish jars of the Jiajing reign have survived to the present day and these have long been esteemed by connoisseurs in both Asia and the West. The development of the techniques and colours used on these jars will be discussed. While the choice of motifs will also be examined in their historical context, as well as the links with both Daoism and Buddhism.

Speaker:
Ms Rosemary Scott, Senior International Academic Consultant Asian Art, Christie’s

Language:
Lecture will be conducted in English, and translated simultaneously into Putonghua.

A highly important and extremely rare wucai ‘fish’ jar and cover
Jiajing six-character mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1522–1566)
18⅛ inch (46 cm) high

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An Examination on Fu Baoshi's Technique in Landscape and Figure Paintings

Lecture Sunday, 26 November, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
James Christie Room – Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong Details

A celebrated pioneering artist, art historian and art theorist of modern China, Fu Baoshi (1904-1965) dedicated his life to the historical mission of transforming and reviving Chinese art at a most turbulent time. He poignantly pointed out that paintings must align with the times in which they were produced. Continuously searching for inspirations from classical poetry and texts, Fu not only reanimated the grandeur and majesty of ancient imageries, but also invented techniques such as the wrinkled-water, broken-brush and swiping-rain brushstrokes which brought about great energy conveyed in the paintings. Fu’s paintings incorporate unconventional compositions, with the figures rendered with precise brushstrokes and skillful handling of light and darkness. At once austere and deeply romantic in tone, his oeuvre presents a triumphant dialogue between poetry and painting.

This November, Christie’s is honoured to present The Song of the Pipa Player (lot 8801), a moving masterwork within Fu Baoshi’s historical figure painting oeuvre at the acme of the artist’s career. To celebrate this great artistic achievement, we invited Prof. Xiao Ping to discuss Fu Baoshi's techniques in landscape and figure paintings, and to explore the master’s continuous devotion to connecting the past and the future of Chinese art.

Prof. Xiao Ping is a renowned appraisal expert, artist and art historian in China. He is currently a national-level artist in Jiangsu Chinese Painting Institute, appraisal expert at Jiangsu Art Museum, Nanjing Museum and National Palace Museum. He has held over 30 exhibitions worldwide, and his works are acquired by more than ten museums internationally including the National Palace Museum. Having worked as an art appraiser in Nanjing Museum for 19 years, he has published numerous books and research papers such as Appreciation of Fu Baoshi, Traditional Techniques of Figure Paintings."

Speaker:
Professor Xiao Ping, Chinese Painting Artist, Critic and Art Historian

Language:
Lecture will be conducted in Putonghua, and translated simultaneously into English.

Fu Baoshi (1904-1965)
The Song of the Pipa Player
Hanging scroll, mounted and framed, ink and colour on paper
113 x 66 cm. (44 ½ x 26 in.)
Inscribed and signed, with three seals of the artist
Dated yiyou year (1945)

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Contemporaries: Voices from East and West – Panel Discussion 

Highlights Saturday, 27 May, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
James Christie Room, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong Details

In celebration of the inaugural curated Christie’s sale Contemporaries: Voices from East and West, this panel discussion with distinguished art collectors Adrian Cheng, Robert Tsao, and Christie’s Specialists Barrett White, explored the working Western and Eastern artistic traditions of the late twentieth and twenty-first century, and discussed the specific cultural backgrounds that have informed these artists’ work, while emphasising the way in which artists from across the world with independent traditions, have responded to similar questions – questions of art, culture, history and identity. The panel examined the true internationality of twentieth and twenty-first century art, and why these collectors have a guiding passion on building a notable collection and supporting cultural patronage around these artists.

Language:
Panel Discussion was conducted in Putonghua and English, and translated simultaneously into English/ Putonghua.

Duration: 6 minutes and 30 seconds
Speaker:
Adrian Cheng, Founder of K11 Art Foundation
Robert Tsao, Honorary Chairman, United Microelectronics Corporation & Pixart Imaging Inc., Art Collector
Barrett White, Deputy Chairman, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Christie's

Moderator:
Rebecca Wei, President, Christie's Asia




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Insider's Guide To Jewellery Collecting

PART 1 Saturday, 26 November, 2016 2:30pm-3:30pm
James Christie Room, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong Details

Touching on Christie's long history as a trendsetter of the jewellery world, a panel of illustrious figures within the industry discuss jewellery and design with topics including the relationship between collector and designer, the rise of new talents, and tips on building a collection for both novices and connoisseurs.

Language: Panel Discussion has been conducted in Putongua/English.

Duration: 28 minutes

Speaker:
Wallace Chan, Jewellery Creator
Edmond Chin, Founder of Etcetera Ltd.
François Curiel, Chairman, Asia Pacific, Christie’s
Dennis Chan, Creative Director and Chairman, Qeelin
Arnaud Bastien, President and Chief Executive Asia, Graff Diamonds
Moderator:
Mary Kavanagh, Hong Kong Correspondent at Rapaport Magazine



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Insider's Guide To Jewellery Collecting

PART 2 Saturday, 26 November, 2016 2:30pm-3:30pm
James Christie Room, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong Details

Touching on Christie's long history as a trendsetter of the jewellery world, a panel of illustrious figures within the industry discuss jewellery and design with topics including the relationship between collector and designer, the rise of new talents, and tips on building a collection for both novices and connoisseurs.

Language: Panel Discussion has been conducted in Putongua/English.

Duration: 30 minutes

Speaker:
Wallace Chan, Jewellery Creator
Edmond Chin, Founder of Etcetera Ltd.
François Curiel, Chairman, Asia Pacific, Christie’s
Dennis Chan, Creative Director and Chairman, Qeelin
Arnaud Bastien, President and Chief Executive Asia, Graff Diamonds
Moderator:
Mary Kavanagh, Hong Kong Correspondent at Rapaport Magazine



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250 Years of Taste, Culture and Collecting

PART 1 Friday, 25 November, 2016 4:30pm–5:30pm
James Christie Room, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong Details

The talk looks into the foundation of Christie's, the 250-year-old company's legacy and its contribution to the development of taste and collecting throughout the world. The discussion focuses on the auction house’s presence and footprint in Asia through its people and the luminary collectors who work with Christie’s.

Language: Panel Discussion has been conducted in English.

Duration: 30 minutes

Speaker:
François Curiel, Chairman, Asia Pacific, Christie’s
Daphne King, Director of Alisan Fine Arts
Jonathan Stone, International Head of Asian Art, Christie’s
Robert Tsao, Collector
Moderator:
Elaine Kwok, Director, Christie's Education, Asia



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250 Years of Taste, Culture and Collecting

PART 2 Friday, 25 November, 2016 4:30pm–5:30pm
James Christie Room, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong Details

The talk looks into the foundation of Christie's, the 250-year-old company's legacy and its contribution to the development of taste and collecting throughout the world. The discussion focuses on the auction house’s presence and footprint in Asia through its people and the luminary collectors who work with Christie’s.

Language: Panel Discussion has been conducted in English.

Duration: 32 minutes

Speaker:
François Curiel, Chairman, Asia Pacific, Christie’s
Daphne King, Director of Alisan Fine Arts
Jonathan Stone, International Head of Asian Art, Christie’s
Robert Tsao, Collector
Moderator:
Elaine Kwok, Director, Christie's Education, Asia



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