Art by Master Zhang Daqian Photo: Courtesy of Holly Auction
Holly’s International held its Beijing Spring 2022 Auction Preview Event on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Kerry Hotel in Beijing.
Hundreds of Chinese and international art treasures are expected to go under the hammer when the official two-day auction kicks off on Thursday.
The auction will be divided into seven sections including modern and contemporary art, Chinese paintings, arts and crafts, tea and liquor as well as ancient scriptures. There will also be an exhibition of jewelry and watches that attendees can negotiate privately.
The auction will begin with the tea and spirits section, followed by the modern and contemporary art section, which brings together more than 150 works of art by renowned Chinese and foreign artists such as Chinese painter Xu Beihong, visual artist American Andy Warhol and the Franco-Japanese painter. Fujita Tsuguharu.
Portrait of the goddess Guan Yin is one of Xu’s most famous paintings. It once belonged to great historical figures Zhang Xueliang and Soong Mei-ling.
One of Warhol’s very last works, Mercedes-Benz W196R Grand Prix marks the first time that one of the iconic pop artist’s large-scale creations will be auctioned on the Chinese mainland market.
The Chinese painting and calligraphy section that will be launched on the second day of the auction is sure to attract attention with over 160 pieces up for auction.
Works by Zhang Daqian, one of the best-known and most prodigious Chinese painters of the 20th century, will appear along with other paintings and calligraphy by Chinese artists such as Qi Baishi, Fu Baoshi, Qi Gong and Wu Changshuo.
Yu Dayong, deputy director of Holly’s Chinese painting and calligraphy department, said Chinese artworks have historical, artistic and cultural significance. He hopes to expand the height, depth and range of the collections by sorting and exploring their academic value.
Online service for the auction will be available through Holly’s auction app for bidders who cannot attend in person.
Meanwhile, Holly’s International 2022 Coin Auction will be held from August 2-7.