Rockefeller's significant collection on two-day display in Shanghai

A preview of some of the heavyweights from the collection of the Rockefeller family is currently underway at Christie's Art Space in Shanghai.
Christie’s Art Space / Ti Gong

The Rockefellers

A two-day preview of some of the heavyweights from the collection of the Rockefeller family kicked off today at the Christie’s Art Space in Shanghai (97 Yuanmingyuan Road).

The collection will be offered for sale at Christie’s Rockefeller Center Galleries in New York, including live and online sales. About 1,550 items will go under hammer.

The sales will be conducted in keeping with David Rockefeller’s pledge to direct the majority of his wealth to philanthropy and provide for the cultural, educational, medical and environmental causes long supported by both David and Peggy Rockefeller. 

One of the highlights of the preview in Shanghai is a work titled “Odalisque couchee aux magnolias,” painted by Henri Matisse (1869-1954) in Nice in 1923. The subject of the odalisque, the reclining female figure, held special significance for Matisse and is considered his most important work. Its anticipated bidding price is US$70-90 million.

The two-day Shanghai exhibition is followed by global tours to Christie’s flagship locations in London, Los Angeles, New York, Hong Kong and Beijing.

Christie’s Art Space / Ti Gong

“Odalisque couchee aux magnolias,” by Henri Matisse (1869-1954)

Christie’s Art Space / Ti Gong

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