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A 7ft-tall Damien Hirst heart, a clutch of Tracey Emin neons, several Julian Schnabel paintings – all make up the exquisitely curated private collection of contemporary art that Victoria Beckham has assembled with her husband David. But now, a departure: the designer is dipping her toe in the rich, precisely rendered waters of Old Masters.

This month, the Victoria Beckham Dover Street store will exhibit a collection of Old Masters paintings, in partnership with Sotheby’s – an interesting move for the auction house, which has never held an exhibition in a retail space. From June 22 until June 27 2018, masterpieces will be on show amongst the various vivid colour splashes – mint and burgundy, raspberry and teal, lemon and salmon – that make up Beckham’s pre-fall 2018 collection currently in store, in partnership with Mayfair Art Weekend.

“I always wanted my store to be an evolving space in which it was possible to showcase work from artists that I feel passionate about, so I am thrilled to partner with Sotheby’s on this project,” Beckham told Vogue. “It has been an absolute pleasure selecting the pieces and learning more about Old Masters while doing so.”

This is not the first time Beckham has exhibited artwork in her dramatic concrete and polished stainless-steel, 6,000sq ft store, itself designed by Farshid Moussavi, the co-founder of Foreign Office Architects and the architect behind the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland. In 2015 she commissioned the Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed to recreate Work No. 2497. Half the Air in a Given Space, his room of 37,000 white balloons, in her Dover Street store. In 2017 the jeweller and sculptor Emily Young’s work was also exhibited in the space.

“We cannot wait to present some of the top lots from our forthcoming Old Masters auction in Victoria’s fantastically sleek and beautiful space on Dover Street,” Chloe Stead, Sotheby’s Old Masters Paintings specialist, said. “It’s been so exciting collaborating with such an internationally respected and admired designer and taste-maker, and we’ve had fun working together to select paintings for the show.”




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