Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou brings together fine art and entertainment in this highly anticipated first for Sotheby’s Hong Kong, curating the inaugural edition of a major contemporary art auction series in June 2021.
TEXT: CoBo News
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Everyone knows Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou as the King of Mandopop—he even made a foray into Hollywood blockbuster movies such as Green Hornet (2011) and Now You See Me 2 (2016). Over the years, he has also become increasingly recognised as an avid art collector with a vividly colourful Instagram feed filled with art by Will Martyr, Ed Ruscha, Gerhard Richter, as well as Jean-Michel Basquiat, and appearances at art fairs from Art Basel to ART021.
Now, Chou is taking his love for art to a whole new level. Last month, Sotheby’s Hong Kong wrapped up the Contemporary Art Evening Sale with an announcement about an upcoming collaboration between the Asian superstar and the auction house in June, followed by a 37-second teaser on its Instagram that said very little, keeping fans in suspense.
Today, Sotheby’s announced more exciting details on the ground-breaking collaboration with the musical icon. The auction house is launching a major contemporary art auction series Contemporary Curated, with its inaugural edition curated by Chou, bringing together the worlds of fine art and entertainment.
“Through my music, my filming projects, my social media and by collaborating with Sotheby’s, I hope more people will understand what art brings to our lives. My dream is that this collaboration will leave audiences with different ways of understanding and appreciating the art that surrounds us every day,” said Chou.
With generous support from K11 Group, the first edition of this new Contemporary Curated auction series, JAY CHOU x SOTHEBY’S, involves a public exhibition from 12 to 18 June 2021 at K11 ATELIER and K11 MUSEA in Hong Kong, culminating in a live Evening Sale on 18 June 2021 at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery. There will also be an online auction running from 10 to 22 June on www.sothebys.com/jaychou.
Led by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled (1985), an emblematic artwork featured on the cover of New York Times in 1985 and often associated with the peak of Basquiat’s rise to international renown. Alongside Basquiat, other works on the auction block represent Chou’s cutting-edge taste and expansive artistic vision.
From 14.05.63 (1963), an oil painting created during Chinese pioneering artist Zao Wou-Ki’s famous Hurricane Period that encapsulates natural universal rhythms through line and form, colour and contour; to the infamous street artist Banksy’s Laugh Now But One Day We’ll Be in Charge (2000), a darkly satirical commentary with a monkey as the main protagonist on the canvas—the artworks on offer are timeless and relevant all at once.
“I have always believed in the power of art—a medium of expression that sees no boundary or limitation. It isn’t something you need to try to get close to—by nature, it envelops our life each and every day. I feel that I have a mission to share my feelings about the art that inspires and motivates me,” said the Taiwanese star.
The Evening Sale also includes three sets of bespoke costumes worn during his seventh world tour, “The Invincible”, with sales proceeds going towards charity.
Sotheby’s sees Chou as the best person to be a part of this innovative enmeshing of high art and entertainment. “As an esteemed and discerning collector and one of the most talented musicians of our generation, Jay often incorporates works from his art collection into his music videos—engineering compelling convergences of art, music, and entertainment,” said Yuki Terase, Sotheby’s Head of Contemporary Art, Asia.
Amidst the rise of young collectors across the region, it makes sense for a passionate, young art collector such as the Taiwanese music star to kickstart and lead this inaugural auction series intent on showcasing the strength of the Asian art scene to the world. This could be especially effective, given Chou’s ability to inspire so many young people through his music and vision.