Art is our cornerstone, central to everything we do here at Christie’s. We believe that access to beautiful and special objects is an important part of people’s personal and cultural life and this is the lens through which we consider our activities in the workplace, community, and environment.
For over 250-years, Christie’s has the unique honour and privilege of stewarding great works of art with our clients, from one generation to another, across cultures and era. Today we continue to work closely with artists and the world’s leading art and cultural institutions.
Charity Auctions at Christie’s
Christie’s is proud to support philanthropic initiatives through our networks, whether by facilitating the sale of artwork to benefit important causes; offering, when we can, our salerooms as a venue for fundraising events; or providing expert charity auctioneers.
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Asia Society honours Christie's with Philanthropic Leadership Award
Our Chairman Marc Porter accepted the Philanthropic Leadership Award on behalf of Christie’s at the Asia Society of Southern California Annual Gala for our work on the Peggy and David Rockefeller Collection, which raised more than $835 million for charity.
The artist representing Britain at the Venice Biennale on why her exhibition will be filled with ‘a lot of colour, a lot of light and a lot of sound’
From Bourgeois in Basel to Mondrian in Milan, here’s our pick of this year’s must-see shows and events for your diary
The annual art fair showcases works by artists from across the globe in a city where arts and culture venues are booming
As David Hockney’s double portrait of the curator and his partner comes up for auction, we look back on his radical influence on New York’s arts scene
With many museums closed, now is a great time to catch up on some of the superb films that have been made about art and artists
In celebration of International Women’s Day, we profile seven women museum directors who are deploying art as a force for change
Using tailoring techniques and embroidery, the Barcelona-born artist makes fabric sculptures inspired by bronze and marble works of antiquity
The Los Angeles-based ceramic artist offers insights into the ideas behind her art, and her response to the imperial monochromes from the Alsdorf Collection
A series of exclusive Christies.com films in which artists invite us into their studios to discuss their work
Christie’s has been a leader in working with museums and non-profit institutions for over three decades. Our experienced team partners with institutions large and small, including historical societies, libraries, universities and art museums. We are also committed to working with our institutional clients to cultivate their patrons through sponsorships, in-kind support, educational events and programming.
Explore our sponsorship highlights below.
Sponsorship of the opening celebration and scholarship around Gerhard Richter: Painting After All
4 March–5 July, 2020
Christie’s supported the opening reception, catalogue and education programs for the final exhibition to be held at the Met Breuer museum, a major exploration of the work of Gerhard Richter. The exhibition considers the artist’s six-decade-long preoccupation with the dual means of representation and abstraction to explore the material, conceptual and historical implications of painting.
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Sponsorship of global donor programming for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Christie’s is proud to support an ongoing partnership with SFMOMA – one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the U.S. and a thriving cultural center for the Bay Area – for more than twenty years. The two organizations are deeply aligned in their efforts to engage existing, emerging and new art collectors and the current partnership prioritizes the shared goals of engaging current and future art collectors through an integrated travel partnership that is global in scope. Christie’s support helps fund innovative education and public programs that reach over 950,000 SFMOMA visitors annually.
The new SFMOMA, view from Yerba Buena Gardens; photo Jon McNeal, © Snohetta
Sponsorship of Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror at the Whitney Museum of American Art and Philadelphia Museum of Art
In the fall of 2021, Christie’s will support opening celebrations for a vast, unprecedented retrospective—simultaneously staged at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Philadelphia Museum of Art—featuring a stunning array of the Jasper Johns’ most celebrated paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints as well as many lesser-known and recent works. With a body of work spanning seventy years, and a roster of iconic images that have imprinted themselves on the public’s consciousness, Johns at ninety is still creating extraordinary artworks. Each a self-contained exhibition, the two related halves mirror one another and provide rare insight into the working process of one of the greatest artists of our time.
Sponsorship of the opening celebration for Yoshitomo Nara at LACMA
In 2020, Christie’s will support the opening celebrations for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s retrospective of Yoshitomo Nara, one of the most beloved Japanese artists of his generation. His widely recognizable portraits of menacing figures reflect the artist’s raw encounters with his inner self. Spanning over 30 years from 1987 to today, the exhibition views the artist’s work through the lens of his longtime passion—music. Featuring album covers Nara began collecting as an adolescent, paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, an installation that recreates his drawing studio, and never-before-exhibited idea sketches that reflect the artist’s empathic eye, this exhibition shines a light on Nara’s conceptual process. One of the main highlights will be Miss Forest, a 26-foot outdoor painted bronze sculpture that will grace Wilshire Boulevard.
In the UK and Europe, Christie’s sponsors the following art institutions:
The National Gallery, London
Royal Academy of Arts
Victoria & Albert Museum
The Courtauld Gallery
For over a quarter of a century, Christie’s has engaged with the legacy of Nazi era and World War II art theft and dispossession. Losses during 1933–1945 to Europe’s collections, in particular those of Jewish collectors, through persecution, confiscation, and forced sales continues to resonate strongly in today’s art world. Christie’s has the largest and most experienced Restitution team of any international auction house, underscoring our responsibility to this field.
Art is central to Christie’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program and it constitutes the prism through which we consider our activities vis-à-vis the workplace, community, and environment.
We believe in the power of art in society and we endeavour to use our position in the art market as a positive force. To that end, Christie’s strives to manage our people and practices responsibly in order to leave a positive, enduring impact on society, and to enhance the communities in which we live and work through cultural stewardship and arts advocacy.
Christie’s Education is unique. It is the only academic institution wholly owned by an auction house. Christie’s Education programmes have been developed to provide focused and intensive training for students looking for a career in the art world.