Experience the Reitman Art Collection at Christie’s

Ivan Reitman, the renowned filmmaker behind iconic 20th-century movies like Ghostbusters and Kindergarten Cop, left a legacy that extended beyond the silver screen.

His passion for creativity and art is vividly portrayed in the art collection he and his wife, Genevieve, meticulously curated over four decades.

Christie’s is thrilled to present this vibrant and joyful art collection during the Marquee Week of Sales this November.

Experience the Reitman Art Collection at Christie's
Loie Hollowell, Standing In A Desert

A Celebration of Creativity

Ivan Reitman was not just a director and producer; he was a storyteller at heart, celebrating the magic of creativity in all its forms. His love for filmmaking seamlessly merged with his appreciation for visual art, resulting in a comprehensive and cohesive collection that radiates the same optimism and joy found in his movies.

Ten remarkable works from the Reitman art collection will be showcased as a dedicated group in the 20th Century Evening Sale on November 9, 2023. The star of the show is Picasso’s Femme Endormie, a brilliant portrait of Marie-Thérèse Walter, which spent nearly sixty years with the Picasso family before being acquired in 1993. This masterpiece is expected to fetch a staggering $25 million to $35 million.

Experience the Reitman Art Collection at Christie's
Pablo Picasso, Femme Endormie

In October, Femme Endormie will be making its debut appearance in Asia at Christie’s Hong Kong. The collection also includes nine other exceptional pieces by luminaries of European avant-garde, Abstract Expressionism, and contemporary classics. Works by artists such as Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Jean Dubuffet, Loie Hollowell, Brice Marden, Richard Diebenkorn, Agnes Martin, Joan Snyder, and Saul Steinberg are among the treasures awaiting new homes. In total, the collection is anticipated to achieve over $60 million.

A Dynamic Ensemble of Artworks

Ivan Reitman’s children, Jason and Catherine, reflect on their father’s legacy. Jason says, “Growing up as a Reitman was growing up around magic. I got to watch one of the great storytellers make movies and make people laugh.” Catherine adds, “My father had so much hope, and his films were positive and optimistic, and I think his art was the same way.”

Bonnie Brennan, President of Christie’s Americas, remarks: “The movies Ivan Reitman created have brought laughter to the lives of millions. This joy and delight is palpable in the fantastic art collection he and his wife assembled and lived with over the course of nearly 40 years. We are so pleased to showcase such a dynamic ensemble of artworks at Christie’s this November as highlights in our Marquee Week of Sales.”

Experience the Reitman Art Collection at Christie's
Willem De Kooning, Untitled III

Ivan and Genevieve’s journey as art collectors began when Ivan sought authenticity for his 1986 film “Legal Eagles.” They fell in love with art during this process and continued their collection until 2021. Their spectacular Montecito, California home, designed by the legendary architect Robert A.M. Stern, served as the perfect backdrop for their collection. Outdoor sculptures by Jean Dubuffet adorned the grounds, and their living room showcased the 1934 Picasso masterpiece—a true gem from the icon’s oeuvre.

A Life Transformed by Art

Ivan Reitman’s life was transformed by art. Born in Slovakia in 1946, he escaped the post-war communist regime with his family, settling in Toronto in 1950. His journey into storytelling and moviemaking began at McMaster University in Ontario, where his passion was ignited. From National Lampoon’s Animal House to Ghostbusters, Reitman delivered hit after hit, leaving an indelible mark on the entertainment industry.

Always eager to give back, Ivan and Genevieve founded the Reitman Foundation just two years after Ghostbusters’ release, generously supporting museums, theatres, and other arts organizations. Today, Ivan Reitman is celebrated with stars on both Hollywood’s and Canada’s Walk of Fame, leaving behind a lasting legacy that continues to inspire filmmakers and audiences worldwide.

Earlier in October, highlights from Ivan & Genevieve Reitman: A Life in Pictures made their debut at Christie’s Hong Kong before touring to Los Angeles on October 16 and Paris on October 17. The full art collection will be on view at Christie’s New York Rockefeller Center galleries beginning October 28. This extraordinary collection is not just a tribute to Ivan and Genevieve Reitman’s passion for art but a testament to the enduring power of creativity and joy in all its forms.

Images: Christie’s

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