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This season, Christie’s is privileged to present A Dialogue Through Art: Works from the Jan Krugier Collection, a series of dedicated sales in New York on November 4 and 5.
Survivor, dealer and collector extraordinaire, Jan Krugier (1928-2008) possessed a deep and profound love for art. Through art, he could “escape the nightmares” that haunted him as a Holocaust survivor, and uncover the most inspiring aspects of the human condition. His gallery handled a range of material as varied as his interest in art itself: 19th- and 20th-century paintings hung alongside Old Masters and African sculpture, breaking the confines of the traditional gallery show. In parallel, the astounding personal collection Krugier amassed with his wife was a testament to the couple’s impeccable connoisseurship. Encompassing drawings, paintings and sculpture by old and modern masters, as well as Pre-Columbian and African art, the collection displayed then in the Krugier residence on the outskirts of Geneva could compete with some of the world’s finest museums.
Through it all, Krugier’s passion for art remained a selfless pursuit. “I’m nothing,” the dealer remarked. “I haven’t done anything special. It’s the artists who count, the artists who are important, who truly make a contribution.” Yet Krugier’s legacy continues to offer an unquestionable contribution to this world: as an embodiment of courage and strength, a model of ground-breaking creative vision, and a reminder of the power of art to heal, teach and inspire.