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  • 26 June 2020

CHRISTIE’S ANNOUNCES NEW 20TH & 21st CENTURIES DEPARTMENT

LONDON – As public viewing opens across digital and select physical locations today for Christie’s innovative new auction format: ONE: a Global Sale of the 20th Century, the company announces the Impressionist & Modern and Post-War & Contemporary Art departments will unite to form one global 20th and 21st Centuries team led by Alex Rotter and Giovanna Bertazzoni.

Reflecting evolving market demand and the collecting habits of our clients, I am pleased to also announce that our largest fine art specialist teams, Impressionist & Modern and Post-War & Contemporary Art group, have been reimagined and combined to create a newly formed 20th and 21st Century group that will present the best of 20th and 21st century art across live, digital and private sale platforms,” said Guillaume Cerutti, CEO, Christie’s International.

The new group will be led by Chairman, Alex Rotter, based in Americas and Giovanna Bertazzoni, as Vice-Chairman, based in Europe.

The teamwork as we created our forthcoming July 10th ONE sale: a Global Sale of the 20th Century has been fantastic and in light of successful recent years where Christie’s has offered 20th Century art across marquee weeks globally, we know the time is right to merge our teams,” commented Alex Rotter, Chairman, 20th & 21st Century Art. “In addition, we will be developing a new approach to 21st century art to offer Contemporary art from this century in a new way. This merger will encourage fresh artistic dialogues, engagingly edited sales as well as maintaining our world-class expertise in all periods of Modern and Contemporary art.”

By joining together, we will achieve even greater collaboration and creativity, while also maintaining our disciplines and focus on across the artistic periods,” said Giovanna Bertazzoni, Vice Chairman, 20th & 21st Century Art. “We want to build more exciting sales in the spirit of the ONE sale in the future, and to serve clients across both live and digital auction platforms appealing to an increasingly diverse, and global, collecting audience.”

Further information on Autumn sales calendar to be released over the Summer.

To view all the art to be offered for sale in ONE: A Global Sale of the 20th Century please click here.

About Christie’s

Founded in 1766, Christie’s is a world-leading art and luxury business. Renowned and trusted for its expert live and online auctions, as well as its bespoke private sales, Christie’s offers a full portfolio of global services to its clients, including art appraisal, art financing, international real estate and education. Christie’s has a physical presence in 46 countries, throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific, with flagship international sales hubs in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris and Geneva. It also is the only international auction house authorized to hold sales in mainland China (Shanghai).

Christie’s auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from $200 to over $100 million. In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvador Mundi, 2017), for a single collection sale (the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, 2018), and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019).

Christie’s Private Sales offers a seamless service for buying and selling art, jewellery and watches outside of the auction calendar, working exclusively with Christie’s specialists at a client’s individual pace.

Recent innovations at Christie’s include the groundbreaking sale of the first NFT for a digital work of art ever offered at a major auction house (Beeple’s Everydays, March 2021), with the unprecedented acceptance of cryptocurrency as a means of payment. As an industry leader in digital innovation, Christie’s also continues to pioneer new technologies that are redefining the business of art, including the creation of viewing and bidding experiences that integrate augmented reality, global livestreaming, buy-now channels, and hybrid sales formats. 

Christie’s is dedicated to advancing responsible culture throughout its business and communities worldwide, including achieving sustainability through net zero carbon emissions by 2030, and actively using its platform in the art world to amplify under-represented voices and support positive change.

Browse, bid, discover, and join us for the best of art and luxury at: www.christies.com or by downloading Christie’s apps. The COVID-related re-opening status of our global locations is available here.