House of Treasures

AD Architectural Digest India|November 2019

House of Treasures
Eileen and IM Pei’s wide-ranging art collection, which provides a telling reflection of their life, goes to auction at Christie’s
Ritupriya Basu

World-renowned architect IM Pei and his wife Eileen lived their lives enveloped by the art they thoughtfully gathered during their 72-year marriage– a collection that will be sold through an auction hosted by Christie’s in the first half of the month in New York. (The preceding months saw two auctions as well, one in Paris and the other, Hong Kong.) To the Peis, this was more than just an aesthetic assemblage of iconic pieces by groundbreaking artists; these paintings, drawings and sculptures were imagined by some of their closest friends, which included the likes of Barnett Newman, Jean Dubuffet, Zao Wou-Ki and Franz Kline.


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November 2019