Next at Christie's | Un/Sense

  • Event date 20 – 29 July 2022
  • Event location London

This summer, Christie’s is delighted to present Un/Sense, as part of Next at Christie’s. Now on view until 29 July, Un/Sense is being hosted at our St. James’s Gallery in London. The exhibition is put together by Pia Zeitzen and Sasha Shevchenko, two talented curators selected from our curator open call. Bringing together the works of 29 rising talents, the exhibition addresses the absurdity of contemporary reality by allowing the ‘Absurd’ to take over the exhibition's artistic and curatorial expression. Entry to Un/Sense is free and open to all.

To celebrate this occasion, Christie’s Education is running a programme of three courses — Cutting Edge Contemporary Art, The Art of Curation, and From Art School to Art World — offered to the public alongside the exhibition. Browse our programme below to find out more about our public opening on the 20 July and the Christie’s Education courses.

About Next at Christie’s

Next at Christie’s is a non-selling exhibition initiative of works by the next generation of artists. This initiative offers an exciting opportunity for emerging artists to jumpstart their careers in the art world.

Find out more about the exhibition concept here >

About the curators

Curators, Pia Zeitzen, Sasha Shevchenko

Sasha Shevchenko (left) and Pia Zeitzen (right)

Pia Zeitzen and Sasha Shevchenko

Pia Zeitzen and Sasha Shevchenko formed a curatorial collective whilst undertaking an MFA in Curating at Goldsmiths University in 2019. Together, they developed a practice that allows them to explore theoretical and philosophical notions with the prospect of translating them into engaging exhibition concepts. Accordingly, their collaborative approach aims to transcribe abstract concepts and render them physical and accessible. Their curating is intrinsically and intuitively site-specific, with conceptual underpinnings being developed with and against a given exhibition space. Zeitzen and Shevchenko conceive of every project as experiments of curating as artistic expression. As such, they are particularly interested in how their practice may visualise and negotiate notions of performativity and potentiality.

Shevchenko, who was born in Moscow, Russia, studied Law in her undergraduate, while Zeitzen, born in Düsseldorf, Germany, studied Art Theory; and both find the unexpected mosaic of interdisciplinary connections to be at the centre of their practice. They previously co-curated a group exhibition at The Swiss Church (London, 2020) which was structured as a metaphorical reversal of the Genesis myth.

Follow them @kollektiv_collective

Visit our exhibition

London Sale Room

On view | Christie’s London

Join us and discover a curated exhibition of works by emerging artists. Entry is free and open to all.

8 King Street
London SW1Y 6QT

Viewing times
20-29 July

Weekdays, 9am – 5pm
Closed on 23 and 24 July


Explore the programme

Christie’s Lates

Opening Reception: Un/Sense
London, 19 July, 7pm – 9pm

Join us for the opening reception of the exhibition.

Christie’s Education Lecture | The Art of Curating
London, 21 July, 6pm
In person and streamed online via Zoom

Curator and writer Fatoş Üstek discusses the creative and theoretical implications of exhibition making and the professional path of freelance curating in conversation with NEXT at Christie’s curators Sasha Shevchenko and Pia Zeitzen.

Christie’s Education Lecture | From Art School to Art World
London, 26 July, 6pm
In person and streamed online via Zoom

Join Alessio Antoniolli, Director of Art Institution Gasworks as he guides you through the key elements to progressing with your artistic career after graduating art school. The discussion will include tips on how to market yourself in the art world, competing residency applications, and building relationships with galleries and representatives.

Christie’s Education Lecture | Cutting Edge Contemporary Art
London, 27 July, 6pm
In person and streamed online via Zoom

Artists Soa J. Hwang, Charlie Russell, Virginie Tan and Maayan Sophia Weisstub — all featured in the Un/Sense exhibition — will be discussing their creative processes, delving into the unique mediums they explore in their work. Find out more about their methodologies, and how their artistic practices go beyond the conventional.

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