CHRISTIE’S JAPAN UNVEILS NEW TOKYO OFFICE DESIGNED BY INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ARTIST HIROSHI SUGIMOTO

HIGHLIGHTED BY AN OPENING EXHIBITION FEATURING A SELECTION OF WORKS BY THE ARTIST INCLUDING WORKS FROM HIS PERSONAL COLLECTION

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TOKYO – This winter, Christie’s Japan will present an exhibition of works by world-renowned artist Hiroshi Sugimoto. On view from December 7-8, 2012, the exhibition is being held to recognize the artist for his design of the new Christie’s Tokyo office.

An internationally acclaimed Japanese artist with a celebrated body of work, Hiroshi Sugimoto produces art in a variety of mediums. Recognized for his accomplishments in contemporary art and architecture, Sugimoto is also known as an avid collector, passionate for a wide range of art, from ancient artifacts to contemporary works. Comprising a series of his photography presented alongside a selection of works of art from his personal collection, the exhibition will be held in the gallery of the Christie’s Tokyo office, designed by the artist himself.

The year 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of Christie’s Japan, and to coincide with this auspicious achievement, Christie’s Japan has relocated to a pre-war stone building designated as Important Cultural Property in Marunouchi, one of Japan’s most prestigious business districts, and located between Tokyo station and the Imperial Palace. Sugimoto oversaw the design of the entire Tokyo office, with special emphasis placed on the aesthetics of the entrance area, gallery space, and the main meeting room facing the outer garden of the Imperial Palace.

Hiroshi Sugimoto comments: “In harmony and respect…What manner of design might befit the Tokyo office of Christie’s, to best reflect its leading role in the booming world art market? I posed this question to myself as an architect. Artworks both soothe and enrich the human spirit. No matter how opposed we as people might be politically, the artworks gathered here under one roof from so many different countries will surely please our eyes. Accordingly, I based my design for the entrance area in keeping with Prince Shotoku’s injunction to “uphold harmony as to act with respect” that appears at the very beginning of the Seventeen Article Constitution of Empress Suiko’s reign.

Ryutaro Katayama, Managing Director of Christie’s Japan, comments: “Mr. Sugimoto, a globally renowned artist, successfully created a space where the East and the West harmonize, and the past and the present blend together seamlessly. This interior marks the artist’s latest aesthetic achievement and one with which Christie’s is proud to be associated.”

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Exhibition

Title:  “Sugimoto Collection and his artowrk”

Date: December 7 - 8, 2012

Time: 11:00 – 19:00

Venue: Christie’s Japan Ltd. Meiji Seimei Kan 4F, 2-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005 JAPAN

*(By invitation or appointment)

Please RSVP to: infojapan@christies.com

Press Viewing with Hiroshi Sugimoto

Date: December 6, 2012

Time: 15:00 - 16:00

Venue: Christie’s Japan Ltd. Meiji Seimei Kan 4F, 2-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005 JAPAN

Please RSVP to: infojapan@christies.com

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