Ahead of a highly-anticipated auction at Sotheby’s curated by Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou, an immersive preview exhibition at K11 MUSEA and K11 ATELIER will display memorabilia from Chou’s past musical and film endeavours, as well as the artworks on offer for this special collaboration.
TEXT: CoBo News
IMAGES: Courtesy of Sotheby’s and K11 MUSEA
Sotheby’s and K11 have joined forces once again to present a preview exhibition of “Jay Chou x Sotheby’s”, an upcoming auction curated by Mando-pop superstar Jay Chou, facilitated by Enviseam and generously supported by K11 Group. This will mark the inaugural edition of the auction house’s major contemporary art auction series in Asia, “Contemporary Curated”, that feature celebrity-driven auctions.
From 11–18 June, the Opera Theatre at K11 MUSEA and the 21st floor on K11 ATELIER will be transformed into an immersive exhibition space, with a set design directed by Chou, offering visitors a riveting experience that brings together the forces of fine art, culture and entertainment, bringing the context of these artworks to life. “I have directed a set design for the preview exhibition to bring people back to the times when these works were created,” says Chou on the reason behind his direction, “audiences will not just be looking at the paintings, but experiencing the paintings as being part of their space and time.”
The immersive art experience begins at the harbourfront cultural-retail destination, K11 MUSEA, where an antique ornate piano once featured in Chou’s 2007 directional debut feature film Secret, in which he also played the male lead, will be on display. Placed alongside the grandiose instrument are three sets of bespoke costumes worn by Chou during his seventh “The Invincible” concert tour.
The auction preview continues at K11 ATELIER, where more than 50 works of art from the Evening Sale and Online Day Sale will be on display. Leading the sale is an estimated HK$255 million (US$32.8 million) 1985 work by market darling Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, which was famously featured on the cover of TheNew York Times Magazine in the same year. Other notable highlights include Pablo Picasso’s Buste d’homme (1969), representative of a series of highly stylised oil portraits on corrugated cardboard the Cubist painter created in his later body of work.
Of the collaboration, Adrian Cheng, Founder of K11, says, “It is a unique experience that unites entertainment and fine art, presented by cultural leaders from different fields. My mission is to continue to provide unique art and cultural experience for communities throughout the world that spark creativity and inspiration, the collaboration with Jay and Sotheby’s is a wonderful example of that.”