and China Guardian Auctions
announced they will jointly present a thematic collaboration in Shanghai this September. As respective leaders in their field, the two auction houses will work together as part of a wider innovative collaboration, including a series of sales and exhibitions under the organizing idea - 2020+. The goal of the partnership is to broaden the market in the region, attracting more clients and art lovers with an exciting series of shared events.
Guillaume Cerutti, Chief Executive Officer, Christies commented, I am very proud of this first collaboration between Guardian and Christies. We have great respect for Guardians founder and chairman, Chen Dongsheng, and Guardians teams. Our two houses are on the same wavelength to leverage our collective expertise and reach, and to offer to collectors the very best of world art. As the first international auction house to hold an independent auction license in China, this partnership underscores Christies continued commitment and long-term investment in this key market.
Hu Yanyan, Director and President, China Guardian Auctions, added, As Shanghai continues it trajectory in maturing into an international art center of great significance, we feel now is the opportune moment for such a culturally historic partnership to take place. For China Guardian, innovation is in our genes and we are always proud to promote the development of diversifying art market. The collaboration in September is also a good opportunity for us to learn from Christies, a brand with history of over 250 years. We look forward to convening more art audiences this September, with our innovative program of sales and activities further deepening the cross-cultural dialogue which has been building over the years.
A series of auction-related programs will be staged together by the specialists of two auction houses with their different areas of expertise, as part of a landmark and symbolic cultural partnership. The theme of 2020+ will look to explore the challenges, disruption, creativity and resilience of the artist to provide thought-provoking cultural dialogues between ancient and modern, East and West, at this particular moment in time.