London now | A festival of art and literature


The histories of art and literature are inextricably linked: an ancient epic poem inspires an Old Master painting; a contemporary artist flies away from a Shakespearian phrase; a medieval illuminated manuscript combines text and painting in one beautiful object.

Christie’s is delighted to present two extraordinary exhibitions under the banner of The Art of Literature. The Art of Literature: Loan and Sale Exhibition (6 June – 14 July), which brings together an extraordinary selection of masterpieces embodying this most productive creative partnership. Sometimes directly and at other times subtly allusive, the connections between art and literature explored through this exhibition offer exciting insights into the works of important artists and writers, including Marlene Dumas, William Shakespeare, Peter Paul Rubens, Lucian Freud, Joan Mitchell, James Joyce, Pablo Picasso and Peter Doig.

The Art of Literature Literature Exhibition: Sale at Auction (June 6-16) features highlights from our summer sale season, featuring fashion from Molly Goddard, to explore the connections between art and literature across a wide range of genres and time periods. From antiques and Old Master paintings to fine jewelry and contemporary art, the works in this exhibition highlight the interconnections between painters and poets, sculptors and novelists, playwrights and artisans that have existed for millennia.

Watch the video to follow the exhibition curators, Scholar Annabelle, Mark Wiltshire and Victoria Gramm, as they take you through the highlights of our loan and sale exhibition.

For more information, contact: [email protected]

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