London has been a global hub of arts and culture for centuries – the setting and inspiration for famous literary, dramatic and artistic works, and the home of artists and writers from around the world. In June and July, Christie’s invites you to revisit the city with London nowan innovative summer season of exhibitions, events and auctions celebrating the unique identity and vibrant diversity of the capital at our headquarters in historic St. James’s.
The headliner of the festival is The Art of Literatureour series of events dedicated to exploring the relationship between art and literature. The Art of Literature: Exhibition of Auction Highlights (June 6-16), an immersive showcase of the best lots from our summer auction season featuring fashion from Molly Goddard, and The Art of Literature: Loan and Sale Exhibition (June 6 – July 14), will bring together works of art with the novels, poetry, theater and stories that inspired them and that they in turn inspired. Curated by the next generation of Christie’s scholars, the exhibitions will seek to forge new narratives and spark discussion about the connections between the literary and visual arts.
Alongside the Art of Literature exhibitions, we are delighted to partner with English PENone of the world’s premier human rights organizations, for a historic online philanthropic literary auction open from June 28 to July 12. First Editions, Second Thoughts will bring together works by more than 80 leading authors and artists of our time, including Margaret Atwood, Bernardine Evaristo and Salman Rushdie, each an extraordinary testament to the power of writing.
The London Now festival will encompass our major series of 20th/21st Century Classical Music and Art Week auctions. The full program of auctions, exhibitions and events will be announced in the coming weeks. Don’t miss this exciting moment in the international arts and culture calendar – sign up for the latest updates on London Now.