Worldwide | Through December 2021




Christie’s is proud to launch an unprecedented collaboration in support of a global Covid-19 response through the arts; specifically to address the growing mental health crisis. The Future is Unwritten Healing Arts auction series is produced in partnership with CULTURUNNERS as part of the World Health Organization’s Solidarity Series of Events.

Alongside the unprecedented physical impact of COVID-19, the WHO is warning of a ‘mirror pandemic’ with many countries reporting an escalation of mental health cases resulting from isolation, income reduction, fear of infection and bereavement. It is estimated that over seven hundred thousand people will have died by suicide in 2020, over three million by alcohol related deaths and hundreds of millions have suffered from deepening depression and other mental disorders. Against this backdrop, the arts have emerged as an essential part of our mental wellbeing, with a growing body of evidence that they bring consolation and healing to people suffering in the mind.

All proceeds from this initiative will benefit the WHO Foundation, supporting the urgently needed mental health response; and The Future is Unwritten Artist Response Fund in partnership with Blessed Foundation, supporting artist-led projects that directly facilitate community healing and healthcare messaging on the frontline of the pandemic.


The Healing Arts Initiative

Works to be offered in a number of sales across a wide range of genres

Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale


Offering a diverse selection of contemporary works,
and modernist icons


LIVE AUCTION
LONDON, 25 MARCH



Highlights

  • Antony Gormley (b. 1950)

    Dive, 2019
    carbon and casein on paper
    15 x 8 ⅝ in. (38.2 x 22cm.)
    Price realised
    £20,000
    Related sale
    Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale, London, 25 March

    SOLD TO BENEFIT THE FUTURE IS UNWRITTEN: HEALING ARTS AUCTION

  • Martin Creed (b. 1964)

    Work No. 3439: EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT, 2020
    white neon
    3 x 81 ¼ in. (7.5 x 206.5cm.)
    Price realised
    £32,500
    Related sale
    Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale, London, 25 March

    SOLD TO BENEFIT THE FUTURE IS UNWRITTEN: HEALING ARTS AUCTION

  • William Kentridge (b.1955)

    Hyacinths (Wait Once Again for Better People), 2020
    lithograph on paper laid on unstretched canvas
    64 ⅞ x 59 ¾ in. (164.7 x 151.7cm.)
    Price realised
    £23,750
    Related sale
    Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale, London, 25 March

    SOLD TO BENEFIT THE FUTURE IS UNWRITTEN: HEALING ARTS AUCTION

  • Yoshitomo Nara (b. 1959)

    Empty Handed
    coloured pencil on found paper
    9 ¾ x 9 ½ in. (24.8 x 24.1cm.)
    Price realised
    £212,500
    Related sale
    Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale, London, 25 March

    SOLD TO BENEFIT THE FUTURE IS UNWRITTEN: HEALING ARTS AUCTION

  • Ahmed Mater (Saudi Arabian, b. 1979)

    Magnetism
    installation of iron filings and magnets on a white cabinet within a glass case
    Cabinet Base: 47 ¼ x 35 ⅜ x 35 ⅜ in. (120 x 90 x 90 cm.)
    Glass Case: 28 ¾ x 35 ⅜ x 35 ⅜ in.(73 x 90 x 90 cm.)
    Executed in 2009, this work is unique in a variation of five plus one artist proof
    Price realised
    £100,000
    Related sale
    Middle Eastern, Modern and Contemporary Art, Online, 11-24 November

    World auction record for the artist at auction

    SOLD TO BENEFIT THE FUTURE IS UNWRITTEN: HEALING ARTS AUCTION


Partner organizations

The Future is Unwritten Healing Arts Initiative was launched in 2020 by CULTURUNNERS in partnership with the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations and WHO Foundation, as part of the United Nations' 75th anniversary initiative, UN75.

As 2020 marks the beginning of the UN's Decade of Action, The Future is Unwritten facilitates urgent cooperation between the international Arts and Culture sector and the United Nations in order to accelerate implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Magnetism (Installation) by Ahmed Mater was the first artwork auctioned in November 2020.

A note from Christie’s leadership


‘Christie’s is honoured to be collaborating with the World Health Organization's Art & Health Program and CULTURUNNERS, offering a platform for artists and works in the coming year, to assist individuals and communities on the frontline of the global health crisis. We’re also very pleased to present the work of a diverse group of artists including Ahmed Mater, whose iconic Magnetism Installation was sold in November 2020, and marked the launch of our year-long auction collaboration.’

— Dirk Boll, President of Christie’s Europe, Middle East and Africa



Our partners

Global health matters for everyone, everywhere.

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Sustainability at Christie’s

Christie’s commitment to sustainability

For 250 years, Christie’s has helped steward some of humanity’s greatest artistic treasures across generations and cultures. As a leader in our market, we want to build a sustainable art business so that we can play another stewarding role: helping to protect the environment so that great natural beauty can be enjoyed by and inspire future generations.

In March 2021, we announced a global sustainability initiative, guided by three key pillars: commit, communicate and collaborate.