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Christie’s to host exclusive art exhibition at JW Marriott in celebration of Cannes Film Festival


Rare works by the world’s most famous artists including Picasso, Warhol, Kandinsky, and Basquiat to be showcased at the JW Marriott Hotel Cannes.

In partnership with Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, JW Marriott Hotel Cannes is hosting a unique art exhibition during the upcoming 65th annual Cannes Film Festival. The exhibit will feature important works of Impressionist and Modern Art, as well as Post-War and Contemporary Art. Taking place during the  glamorous week of the Cannes Film Festival, the prestigious exhibition will be on display from 17-21 May at the JW Marriott Cannes in advance of Christie’s major London auctions in June.

As part of a global partnership between the JW Marriott brand and Christie’s to provide exclusive exhibitions and previews of major auctions, the JW Marriott Cannes will be showcasing a number of rare works of art, including Wassily Kandinsky’s Diagonale, Andy Warhol’s Queen Elizabeth II, and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled (Skull B); illustrated above). Also on display will be a selection of lots from The Madoura Collection of Picasso Ceramics; an impeccable and unrivalled collection of 550 Picasso ceramics offered for sale directly from the pottery in Vallauris in the South of France, where Picasso made them. The auction will take place on 25 and 26 June at the Christie’s South Kensington saleroom in London.

The exhibition will be showcased in a setting befitting the glamour and allure of Cannes Film Festival; the stunning newly renovated lobby of the JW Marriott Cannes. Timeless and elegant, the new design evokes the romance of Cannes, and provides the perfect back-drop for this special exhibition.

The exhibition will be open to the public daily from the 17th to the 21st May between 10am and 6pm; the perfect interlude to the action unfolding in Cannes.

“We are thrilled to be exhibiting such beautiful and timeless works of art while debuting the JW Marriott Cannes’ stunning new look during such an exciting time for the city,” said Amy McPherson, president and managing director for Marriott International in Europe. “JW Marriott strives to deepen the connection with our guests by creating partnerships which speak to their personal interests and enrich their lives when they travel, which is why we are so pleased to be able to showcase this remarkable collection of art and further our great partnership with Christie’s.”

Viewing Information:
Thursday 17th to Monday 21st  May, 10am – 6pm daily
JW Marriott Cannes
50 Boulevard de la Croisette
06414 Cannes

For more information on the exhibition please visit www.jwmarriott.com and www.christies.com

Notes to Editors:
About JW Marriott – JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of exceptional properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels and resorts cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 54 JW Marriott hotels in 23 countries; by 2015 the portfolio will encompass 80 properties in 29 countries.

For more information on Marriott International, Inc. or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

About Christie’s – Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, had global auction and private sales in 2011 that totaled £3.6 billion/$5.7 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie’s has since conducted the greatest and most celebrated auctions through the centuries providing a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers over 450 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie’s also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War and Contemporary, Impressionist and Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.  Private sales totaled £502 million / $808.6m in 2011, an increase of 44% on the previous year. Christie’s has a global presence with 53 offices in 32 countries and 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, and Hong Kong. More recently, Christie’s has led the market with expanded initiatives in growth markets such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai.

For more information on Christie’s auction sales please visit www.christies.com

Connect with elizabeth.caminiti@marriott.com or sara.steffenauer@marriott.com


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