Avant Garde Auction at Lyon & Turnbull



Art From 1900 to Now


Avant Garde: Art From 1900 to Now is an exciting new addition to our London sale calendar. It will take place live in London and online the evening before our already highly successful MODERN MADE – Art, Design & Studio Ceramics auction, the two sales combining to offer collectors the best of creativity, in all media, from the last 120 years. 

The forthcoming sale will focus on painting, drawing and sculpture, from the beginning of the ‘Modern’ at the turn of the 20th Century, through the following decades of artistic revolution either side of the world wars that changed so much, and on to Post-Modernism in the present day.

The curated offering will look to touch upon all the significant movements in art in this most radical of long centuries, whilst drawing connections between what was happening here in Britain with developments across Europe, America, the Far East and beyond.

The pre-sale exhibition will be held at the prestigious Mall Galleries in central London – next door to the Institute of Contemporary Arts, which itself was such a prominent place of international artistic exchange in the post-war period and which continues to be one of London’s most important cultural centres. Read on to discover more or to receive a free auction estimate, alternatively get in touch with Head of Sale, Simon Hucker on 0207 930 9115. 

VASSILAKIS TAKIS (GREEK 1925-2019) | SIGNAL, 1968 | Sold for £16,250 | April 2022 | London

AHMED SHIBRAIN (SUDANESE 1931-2017) | 'UNTITLED' DW40 - 1998 | £7,000 - £10,000 + fees | To be offered: Avant Garde | April 2023





New London Auction


Avant Garde : Art from 1900 to Now

Avant Garde : Art from 1900 to Now

27th Apr, 2023 18:00
Live in London & Online



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Simon Hucker


"Avant Garde will inevitably have a strong Modern British element to it,

as this has been my passion and professional interest for almost 25 years, but

equally I want  the sale to make those connections – to the past and future,

to the near at hand and far away –  that artists themselves make. Art is without borders

and art history – in the hands of artists at least – is a very malleable thing."



Head of Sale, Avant Garde
0207 930 9115  |  07442 575 266



Philip Smith | Lyon & Turnbull


Senior Specialist  | London 




Alice Strang | Lyon & Turnbull


Senior Specialist | Edinburgh




Carly Shearer | Lyon & Turnbull


Specialist | Edinburgh




Our Venue

Avant Garde at the Mall Galleries, London

The Mall Galleries are an artist-led focal point for contemporary art, located in the heart of London in the John Nash-designed Carlton House Terrace, which looks out onto The Mall itself. Sharing the same building as the world-renowned Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Galleries are close both to major museums such as The National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and Mayfair, the centre of London’s commercial art world.  As well as hosting exhibitions and national art prizes, the Galleries are also home to Lyon & Turnbull’s spring and autumn Art & Design Seasons, designed to showcase the finest of modern and contemporary art, craft and design.

Ahead of the auction, we will be providing a virtual tour of the pre-sale exhibition, allowing you to browse your favourite lots from anywhere in the world.


Mall Galleries

The Mall
London SW1


Sold for £245,000 | March 2019 | London


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