Wed, Aug 16, 2023

Art & Auctions
Christie's presents exquisite work of Wallace Chan

Christie’s will host The Wheel of Time, the largest exhibition in Europe to date of the exquisite work of Wallace Chan, renowned Chinese jewellery creator, visual artist and innovator.

Through 150 pieces of jewellery, together with six titanium sculptures, some of which have never before been seen publicly, Chan considers the act of creation, looking back on major moments in his continuing career across five decades.

Free and open to the public, The Wheel of Time premieres at Christie’s King Street headquarters in London, where it will be on view from September 4 to 10.

This exhibition is the fifth that Christie’s has presented in collaboration with Wallace Chan, following previous shows in Hong Kong (2015, 2019) and Shanghai (2020, 2021). The majority of pieces on display, created during the past half-century, are generously on loan from many of Chan’s major international collectors.

The Wheel of Time serves as a metaphor for Chan’s labour-intensive working process, requiring meticulous attention to detail. His art embraces traditional aspects of Chinese aesthetics, combined with respect for the intrinsic qualities of his working materials, the unique skill employed in carving them, and the element of time involved in their creation.

A highlight of the exhibition will be Legend of the Colour Black, a remarkable black diamond shoulder brooch sculpture. The impressive centre stone of the piece, one of the largest known cut black diamonds in the world, weighs 312.24 carats, alongside silver grey diamonds, crystal sapphire, black agate, titanium and the Wallace Chan Porcelain, a material Chan has spent years developing which is five times stronger than steel.

Another notable piece is The Joy of Life brooch, featuring one of Chan’s most important motifs—a mesmerising butterfly—comprised of pink sapphire, sapphire, tsavorite garnet, diamond, yellow diamond, pearl and titanium.

Mei Y Giam, Christie’s Private Sales Director, Jewellery, said: “We are delighted to bring Wallace Chan’s imagination to London and present this unique exhibition celebrating five decades of artistic excellence. Our fifth collaboration with Chan reaffirms Christie’s long-standing relationship with the artist, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to the exhibition.”

François Curiel, Chairman, Christie’s Europe, said: "A deeply philosophical man, Wallace infuses his jewels with Oriental spiritualism. This is the motif which he spends his entire creative life interpreting and reinterpreting, experimenting with endless combinations of gemstones, mediums, styles, aesthetics, and executed in his world-renowned techniques.”

Chan said: “In the blink of an eye, half a century has flown by. I am humbled by the opportunity to present my largest exhibition in Europe at Christie’s in London.

"Time is an eternal wheel that rotates for infinity with neither beginning nor end. In the creative process, time is a theme so intangible, yet omnificent.”

Guillaume Cerutti, CEO, Christie’s, said: “Christie’s is committed to supporting great artists and the evolution of their work. We hope collectors and art enthusiasts around the world will be enriched by this rare retrospective of Wallace Chan.”

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