On May 10, as part of the 20/21 Marquee Week, Ewa Juszkiewicz’s Portrait of a Lady (After Louis Leopold Boilly) will be offered in the 21st Century Evening Sale, sold to benefit POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. The Polish artist is known for her adept appropriations of historical portrait paintings. This work is an exquisite example of the artist’s masterful brushwork and keen questioning of gender and class representations within the realm of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European painting. Christie’s is pleased to partner with POLIN Museum, American Friends of POLIN Museum and Association of the JHI on the sale of this work. The sale of this painting launches the beginning of a series of partnered sales of works of art at Christie’s in order to continue to benefit POLIN Museum.
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Property Sold to Benefit POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
About the lot
Winner of the History of Polish Jews 2016 European Museum of the Year Award, POLIN Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to recovering the memory of Polish Jews. Located on the site of the Warsaw ghetto and prewar Jewish neighborhood, POLIN Museum faces the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes. Its multimedia narrative exhibition presents the thousand-year history of Polish Jews and the civilization they created. This is a legacy for future generations and call for dialogue in the spirit of mutual understanding and respect. It also hosts annual temporary exhibitions, concerts and runs an extensive educational program. POLIN Museum was created as a private-public partnership of the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland, which initiated the project, and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the City of Warsaw. Since its opening in 2014, POLIN Museum attracted more than 4 million visitors.
AMERICAN FRIENDS OF POLIN MUSEUM
Since 2005, American Friends of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews supports POLIN Museum initiatives that preserve and promote the legacy of Polish Jews and foster dialogue in the spirit of mutual understanding and respect.
ASSOCIATION OF THE JHI
Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland initiated and co-founded POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and supports its program activities annually. The Association, established in 1951, is a Jewish philanthropic organization in Poland dedicated to the civilization of Polish Jews and their contribution to world culture.
POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews – Where history happens
Facing the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes, POLIN Museum stands on the site of the Warsaw ghetto and prewar Jewish neighborhood, home to what was once the largest Jewish community in Europe. This world was literally razed to the ground in 1943, when the Germans suppressed the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
In 2014, almost 70 years after the war, POLIN Museum opened its doors and has welcomed millions of visitors since then to explore the thousand-year history of Polish Jews. The Core Exhibition, a vibrant, multimedia experience, brings this story to life for a new generation. Our award-winning temporary exhibitions tackle difficult questions in the history of Poland’s Jews. Our concerts, lectures, and debates make POLIN Museum a platform for international encounters. In recognition of its excellence and impact, POLIN Museum was honored with the 2016 European Museum of the Year Award.
But POLIN Museum is more than a place where the history of Polish Jews is brought to life. It is a place where history happens. This year on April 19 we commemorated the 79th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the first and largest Jewish uprising in German-occupied Europe. For ten years, our Daffodils Campaign has enlisted thousands of volunteers, who distribute paper daffodils, a symbol of the Campaign, on the streets of Warsaw. As a result, awareness of the Uprising in Warsaw has risen to 90%. We cannot bring back those who perished in the Holocaust, but we can and we do bring back the memory of them.
We are grateful for the support of American Friends of POLIN Museum who believe in our mission and work with us to write the next chapter in the history of Polish Jews and Jewish life in Poland.
I invite you to be a part of it!
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.
20th / 21st Century Sales in New York
New York | May 2022
This May in New York, Christie’s 20/21 sale series presents the art of the 20th and 21st centuries according to time period rather than by artistic movement. Explore the phenomenal collection of Thomas and Doris Ammann and 12 magnificent artworks by leading 19th and 20th century artists from The Collection of Anne H. Bass.