Auctions and Exhibitions

Contemporary/Modernités

London and Paris | October 2021
This October, Contemporary / Modernités will bring together two sales of Modern and Contemporary art from the global calendar – one in London and one in Paris. The auctions present a diverse selection of works by some of the most exciting, emerging artists working today, alongside established masters of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Taking place live in London on 14 October, Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale will coincide with the world-renowned Frieze and Frieze Masters art fairs, drawing leading collectors and buyers to London once more. Our most dynamic annual sale in the auction calendar will present a diverse selection of works by some of the most exciting, emerging artists working today, alongside established masters of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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The Modernités sale features numerous masterpieces. Surrealism will be celebrated with two paintings by René Magritte, including L’Ingénue, a beautiful composition featuring the recurring figure of a nude before a background of construction blocks under a cerulean blue sky, punctuated by white clouds. Witness the whimsical dialogue created by the juxtaposition of the Magrittes with La Visite, an oil painting by that other master of Belgian surrealism, Paul Delvaux for a truly mind-bending experience.

Elsewhere in Modernités, we present yet more great masters of Modern art. Thrilling adventures in form and colour feature abound, as in Hallucinations, a collection assembled by American connoisseur of the genre, which includes gripping pieces by Max Ernst, Wassily Kandinsky and Alexander Calder.

This prestigious sale will also feature a historic ‘Merzbild’ by Kurt Schwitters, offered by the artist to his friend and fellow Dadaist Raoul Hausmann. This comprises a beautiful Nature Morte au Poêlon by Nicolas de Staël, a large canvas by Zao Wou-Ki dating from 1961, a rare hippopotamus by Rembrandt Bugatti, a bronze bust of Diego Giacometti by his brother Alberto, from the collection of photographer Sabine Weiss, and last but most certainly not least, a Saint-Sebastian by Francis Picabia.


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Exhibitions

London | 9–14 October
Weekdays 9:00 AM–4:30 PM BST
Weekends 12:00 PM–5:00 PM BST
Paris | 18–25 October
Weekdays 10:00 AM –6:00 PM CEST
Saturday 11:00 AM–7:00 PM CEST
Sunday 2:00 PM–6:00 PM CEST

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