This April, Christie’s invites you to a series of special events in Berlin celebrating the very best of making and collecting art in Germany. Located in the Czech Embassy and Cultural Centre, a Brutalist architectural gem, our exhibition Beauties & Beasts is complemented by a number of talks and tours, open to all.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Curated by Tim Schmelcher, our non-selling exhibition Beauties & Beasts explores the fundamental duality of art – the ideal of beauty and the fascination with the terrible – by presenting outstanding works of art and craftsmanship of all periods, cultures, mediums and materials, created or collected in Germany and the Holy Roman Empire. With free entry, discover captivating works by artists including Lucas Cranach, Albrecht Dürer, Martin Kippenberger and Thomas Struth.
27 April 2018, 11am – 9pm
28 & 29 April 2018, 11am – 7pm
Czech Centre Berlin
+44 (0) 20 7389 2268
About the lot
Lecture: From David to David – 18th Century Ebenistery to Contemporary Design
The Earl of Snowdon
27 April 2018, 11:30am – 12:30pm
Lecture Hall, Embassy of the Czech Republic in Germany
Places limited – registration essential
Guided tour: Defining the German Aesthetic
28 April 2018, 11:30am – 12:30pm
Exhibition Hall, Czech Center Berlin
This interactive talk focuses on the nature of German art and asks what defines the German aesthetic. Aliki Braine will deliver an object-led tour of the exhibition whilst exploring geographical notions of beauty and taste, the relationship of German art with craftsmanship, and the connections between historical and contemporary German art.
Guided tour: Beauties & Beasts
29 April 2018, 11:30am – 12:30pm
Exhibition Hall, Czech Center Berlin
Beauties & Beasts curator Tim Schmelcher leads a tour of the exhibition. Tim will explore how the objects reflect the great history of making, collecting, researching and exhibiting art in the German-speaking world, and how they represent a fundamental duality within art: the ideal of beauty and the fascination with the terrible.
A major Christie’s exhibition on making and collecting art in Germany kicks off Sarah Crompton’s highlights of Gallery Weekend Berlin
Four German collectors of very different types of art and objects discuss the considerations that drive their collecting
Andrew Graham-Dixon tours one of the great cities for anyone interested in the visual arts, archaeology or antiquity
The early 20th-century movement that featured Heckel, Kandinsky and Klee, and which continues to influence artists working today
The chronicler of Weimar Berlin’s seamy side and a satirical thorn in the side of the Nazi regime
Alastair Smart traces the extraordinary life and work of perhaps the finest printmaker in the history of art, featuring works offered online throughout July
Exhibition Catalogue: Beauties & Beasts
A beautifully illustrated catalogue has been created to accompany our non-selling exhibition Beauties & Beasts, including thumbnail images and a brief description of every work on view.
Christie’s Magazine: Art & Collecting in Germany
A special edition of Christie’s Magazine has been published to accompany Beauties & Beasts, a major exhibition organised by Christie’s to coincide with Berlin Gallery Weekend. It will bring together outstanding works of fine and decorative art that reflect the history of making, collecting, researching and exhibiting art in the German-speaking world, from the Renaissance to the present. The Magazine features a long-read interview with art collectors Christian and Karen Boros, a visual documentation of Berlin’s most fascinating buildings chosen by the architect David Chipperfield and recommendations on what to see in Germany this month.
Luxury International Highlights
Berlin, 25–27 April 2018
Exhibited alongside Beauties & Beasts are highlights from Christie’s Handbags, Jewellery and Watches departments. Testament to German watchmaking talent and the appreciation of German and European collectors, treasures on view include a tourbillon wristwatch by A. Lange & Söhne, a matte Himalaya Niloticus crocodile Birkin handbag, an incredibly rare purplish-pink diamond ring and a Kashmir sapphire ring by Cartier.
CHRISTIE'S EDUCATION SHORT COURSE
Mapping a Career in the Art World: Berlin
25–27 April 2018
Join Christie's Education for a special three-day course where you will meet leading art world professionals who share their own career paths and advice on how to get into the Berlin art scene. Participants will have the opportunity to visit a private collection and a major corporate collection, and will receive an exclusive invitation to the Christie’s exhibition cocktail reception.