Charity Action

On the occasion of the Hong Kong Museum of Art’s 50th Anniversary, the Friends of the Museum will host a charity auction of art works by leading local and international artists on December 14, 2012.

Preview the works below by clicking on each image.

You are invited to download the Absentee Bidder form online and submit your bids on these works before 5:00 p.m. on Dec. 13, 2012, to Anthony Choy by calling +852 6053-0748 or by emailing achoy@vinnitsa.com.hk.

Funds raised from the auction will support educational programs for students and the Hong Kong community, including:

  • Free bus service for school classes to attend Museum exhibitions
  • Summer art camp at the museum for underprivileged children
  • Monthly Sunday concert series, free for the public, hosted in the Museum lobby
  • Free public lectures and academic symposia, among many other meaningful programs

Thank you for your support!

 

WUCIUS WONG
Enlightened Thoughts
76 x 56 cm
Ink and colour on paper
1991
Courtesy of Yiqing Zhai Foundation
Estimate: HK$80,000 – $120,000

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Wucius Wong (b. 1936 in Guangdong, China) is a painter who has been a leader of the Hong Kong art scene for over five decades. Growing up in Hong Kong has shaped Wong as an artist: He has said, “I have always felt that my art shows a strong Hong Kong spirit.” His signature style integrates the principles of design geometry with traditional Chinese landscapes. By combining styles of the ancient Chinese through classical ink painting and Western modern art with bold colors, Wong transcends the physical understanding of nature to one of poetic surrealism. Wong has participated in a number of solo and group exhibitions throughout Asia, Europe and North America. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of the Fine Arts Department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and serves as an honorary adviser to the Leisure and Culture Department of the Hong Kong Government.

ZHU JINSHI
Drum Tower No. 7
120 x 80 cm
Oil on canvas
2010
Courtesy of Ms. Pearl Lam of Pearl Lam Galleries
Estimate: HK$700,000 – $800,000

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Zhu Jinshi (b. 1954 in Beijing, China) is an abstract expressionist who is influenced both by Western abstraction and traditional Chinese art. Through thick, three-dimensional paint application using spatulas and shovels, Zhu balances traditional Chinese mark making against the notable action paintings of the West. Zhu’s dynamic canvases resemble colorful and rich landscapes, which, despite their active energy, retain elements of Buddhist philosophy to lend an overall sense of calm to the canvas. Zhu has participated in many group and solo exhibitions. Recent solo shows include: Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA, 2012; 604J/604H Gallery, Busan, Korea, 2010; Hongje Gallery, Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, South Korea, 2010 and his Artwork are collected by public and private collections such as Rubell Family Collection, USA, Long Island Watermill Foundation, New York, Zurich bank, Switzerland, etc.

MARC QUINN
Nursery of the Stars. MYGRR
20 x 30 cm
Pigment print with acrylic paint and glitter
2012
Courtesy of White Cube and the artist
Estimate: HK$100,000 – $150,000

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Marc Quinn’s wide-ranging oeuvre displays a preoccupation with the mutability of the body and the dualisms that define human life: spiritual and physical, surface and depth, cerebral and sexual. Using an uncompromising array of materials, from ice and blood to glass, marble or lead, Quinn develops these paradoxes into experimental, conceptual works that are mostly figurative in form. Quinn’s sculpture, paintings and drawings often deal with the distanced relationship we have with our bodies, highlighting how the conflict between the ‘natural’ and ‘cultural’ has a grip on the contemporary psyche. In 1999, Quinn began a series of marble sculptures of amputees as a way of re-reading the aspirations of Greek and Roman statuary and their depictions of an idealised whole. One such work depicted Alison Lapper, a woman who was born without arms, when she was heavily pregnant. Quinn subsequently enlarged this work to make it a major piece of public art for the fourth plinth of Trafalgar Square. Other key themes in his work include genetic modification and hybridism. Garden (2000), for instance, is a walk-through installation of impossibly beautiful flowers that will never decay, or his ‘Eternal Spring’ sculptures, featuring flowers preserved in perfect bloom by being plunged into sub-zero silicone. Quinn has also explored the potential artistic uses of DNA, making a portrait of a sitter by extracting strands of DNA and placing it in a test-tube. DNA Garden (2001), contains the DNA of over 75 plant species as well as 2 humans: a re-enactment of the Garden of Eden on a cellular level. Quinn’s diverse and poetic work meditates on our attempts to understand or overcome the transience of human life through scientific knowledge and artistic expression. Marc Quinn has exhibited in many important group and solo exhibitions internationally including Sonsbeek ’93, Arnhem (1993), Give and Take, Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2001), Statements 7, 50th Venice Biennale (2003) and Gwangju Biennale (2004). Solo exhibitions include Tate Gallery, London (1995), Kunstverein Hannover (1999), Fondazione Prada, Milan (2000), Tate Liverpool (2002), Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2004), Groninger Museum, Groningen (2006) and MACRO, Rome (2006), DHC/ART Fondation pour l’art contemporain, Montréal (2007), Fondation Beyeler, Basel (2009), Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg (2012) and the Musée Océanographique de Monaco, Monaco (2012).

NANCY CHU WOO
Asleep
50 x 67 cm
Ink on paper
2008
Courtesy of the artist
Estimate: HK$70,000 – $90,000

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Nancy Chu Woo (b. 1941 in Hong Kong) is a celebrated Hong Kong colourist whose formal training in both traditional Chinese painting and Western art has shaped her unique style through color and abstraction. Her precise technique of applying several layers of paint onto rice paper and manipulating the colors for an Impressionistic aesthetic gives her work a vibrant and ethereal quality. For Nancy Chu Woo, “everything is abstraction in some dimension.” Nancy Chu Woo has been showcased in a number of solo exhibitions, most recently Hong Kong Arts Centre/Contemporary by Angela Li, Hong Kong, 2011; Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China, 2009; and Guangzhou Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China, 2009. Her paintings are in private collections worldwide as well as in museums and public collections in Hong Kong and China.

MOK YAT-SAN
Borrowed Stone 13
40 x 25 x 16 cm
Cast and painted stainless steel
2012
Courtesy of the artist
Estimate: HK$38,000 – $48,000

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Mok Yat-San (b. 1968 in China) is a Hong Kong based artist who uses modern industrial materials to create motifs reminiscent of historical Chinese landscape paintings. His creations include miniature-sized mountains and waters cast in highly polished stainless steel. In these works he is lending a contemporary perspective to the iconic image of the sacred mountains, thus striking a dialogue between old and new and forging a bond between natural and artificial elements. Mok has participated in a number of group shows throughout Asia and his commissions can be found in various spaces in Hong Kong. In 1995, he established the CHIC Studio (Artists´ House) where he has been working as a teacher and artist. Additionally, he is a lecturer in sculpture in the Fine Arts department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

JOSEPH WONG
OMQ 100
Edition AP2 of 30
OMQ 102; OMQ3; OMQ4
Edition 1 of 30 each
50 x 35 cm each
Silkscreen print
2012
Courtesy of Ms. Jane Chao of Galerie Huit and the artist
Estimate: HK$40,000 – $60,000 for set of four

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Joseph Wong (b. 1950 in China) is a Taiwan-based comic artist and architect who succeeded his father, Alfonso Wong, as the artist behind the acclaimed and legendary Old Master Q comics, which first appeared in Hong Kong newspapers and magazines in 1962. The comic prints represent the amusing and awkward social situations of everyday life and have continued to capture the humorous hearts of Chinese readers in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia and North America. Wong’s art is an expression of his mentality and life experiences. When speaking about cartoons, Wang has said, “Just like keeping a diary, some people use words to capture their feelings, while cartoonists employ simple pictures.” Wong’s artwork, which includes abstract pictures and figurative sculptures, is shown at Galerie Huit in Hong Kong. In addition to being an artist, he is an architecture professor at Shih-Chien University in Taipei.

CHEN YU
Untitled 2009 Series No. 6
65 x 65 cm
Screen print
Edition 15 of 88
2012
Courtesy of Schoeni Art Gallery and the artist
Estimate: HK$12,000 – $20,000

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Chen Yu (b. 1969 in Guizhou, China) is a Beijing-based artist whose paintings often convey cynical and political messages that are characteristic of contemporary Chinese art. Chen Yu’s artwork features repeating, identical figures with one standout that appears different from the rest, thus adding levity and humor to an otherwise repetitive canvas. These images have been seen as an autobiographical outlet for Chen Yu to express his own personal opinions and conflicts with society. Chen Yu’s work has been shown in many group exhibitions and his solo shows include Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong, in 2005 and 2001. He was a Top 30 finalist for the Sovereign Art Foundation in 2005 and participated in the prominent group Museum show, CHINart, curated by Walter Smerling.

SIMON BIRCH
Etrigan
91 x 91 cm
Oil on canvas
2011
Courtesy of Simon Birch Ltd. and the artist
Estimate: HK$80,000 – $120,000

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Simon Birch (b. 1975 in Brighton, United Kingdom) is a UK born artist, of Armenian descent, who lives and works in Hong Kong. Birch’s large-scale figurative paintings address his fascination and exploration of the human form. He works with a palette knife to create the layered quality. His abstract subjects are powerful, almost overwhelming, in their size, color and texture, and they are engaged in an important moment, be it one of action or reflection. Birch does not have a set intention or meaning to his works; rather he encourages his audience to observe the mindfulness of his subjects and to determine for themselves the story. While much of Birch’s work is large, figurative paintings, he has expanded into film and installation works as well, notably his 20,000 square foot multimedia installation called “HOPE AND GLORY: A Conceptual Circus,” April 2010, Hong Kong and “This Brutal House,” April 2008, Hong Kong.

REN RONG
Lily (L)
40 x 60 cm
Collage, wood and lacquer
2005
Mao Tse-Tung—Buddha Dance (R)
80 x 60 cm
Collage, wood and lacquer
2006
Courtesy of Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery
Estimate: HK$50,000 – $70,000 for set of two

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Ren Rong (b. 1960 in Nanjing, China) lives and works as an independent artist in Bonn, Germany and Beijing, China. The primary character of his art derives from paper-cut formations of flora and human-like figures that Ren Rong calls “Plant People” (植物人), which recall the styles of traditional Chinese paper cutting and Henri Matisse’s cutouts. Ren Rong’s Plant People are often superimposed on a background image, be it a still life or an iconic image of Mao Tse-Tung, to create a playful and dynamic dialogue within the composition. Ren Rong has participated in a number of solo exhibitions throughout China and Germany. He was appointed a guest professor of Hamburg Academy of Plastic Arts in 2000 and he established the Ren Rong Modern Art Studio in Bonn, Germany in 2007.

TAKASHI MURAKAMI
Warhol/Silver
φ60 cm print on φ70 cm sheet
Silkscreen with platinum leaf
Edition 11 of 50
2009
Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery
Estimate: HK$40,000 – $60,000

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Takashi Murakami was born in 1962 in Tokyo, and received his BFA, MFA and PhD from the Tokyo University of the Arts. He founded the Hiropon factory in Tokyo in 1996, which later evolved into Kaikai Kiki, an art production and art management corporation. In addition to the production and marketing of Murakami’s art and related work, Kaikai Kiki functions as a supportive environment for the fostering of young Japanese artists. Murakami is also a curator, a cultural entrepreneur, and a critical observer of contemporary Japanese society. In 2000, he organized a paradigmatic exhibition of Japanese art titled “Superflat,” which traced the origins of contemporary Japanese visual pop culture in historical Japanese art. He has continued this work in subsequent impactful exhibitions such as “Coloriage” (Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Paris, 2002) and “Little Boy: The Art of Japan’s Exploding Subcultures” (Japan Society, New York, 2005). Murakami’s work has been shown extensively in group exhibitions around the world, and in one-person exhibitions at leading institutions such as Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2001); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2001); and © Murakami at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2007), which traveled to the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt and Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao February of 2009. His exhibition at the Château de Versailles, France was on view in 2010 and Murakami – Ego at Doha, Qatar in 2012. Gagosian Gallery has held solo exhibitions of Murakami’s work in New York at Madison Avenue (2007), London at Davies Street (2009), New York at West 24th Street (2009), Rome (2010), London at Britannia Street (2011) and Hong Kong (2012).

KAI-YIN LO
Necklace: Xinjiang white jade pebbles, carved corals and amber beads
Earrings: carved coral set with tsavorite and sapphire, diamonds (0.82ct), 18K gold
Courtesy of Ms. Lo Kai-Yin of Yin Expressions
Estimate: HK$80,000 – $100,000

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Kai-Yin Lo is a world-renowned jewelry and accessories designer based in Hong Kong. Her innovative jewelry is reflective of the culture and heritage of China’s past and present, and her designs aim at making Chinese culture an everyday art form. Her use of semi-precious stones and the incorporation of traditional Chinese elements in contemporary styling has made her a pioneer of creative design. Lo is a 2007 recipient of the Hong Kong Design Centre’s award “World’s Outstanding Chinese Designer” and has received a Silver Bauhinia Star from the Hong Kong Government for her contribution to culture and the creative industries. She is also the author and editor of five well-regarded books on Chinese culture and design.

WILSON SHIEH
Colourful Impressionism
75 x 110 cm
Color pencil on paper
2012
Courtesy of the artist
Estimate: HK$20,000 – $30,000

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Wilson Shieh (b. 1970 in Hong Kong) is a highly regarded Chinese artist whose mastery of the 17th century Ming Dynasty “gongbi” (工筆) style, a technique of fine and controlled brushstrokes, has earned him global recognition. Shieh has extended the gongbi style to incorporate contemporary themes that reflect his view on modern society’s infatuation with celebrity. The line-up of recognizable yet expressionless people conveys an image that is at once familiar and superficial. Strong colors further emphasize the subjects’ physical presence, but there are few clues as to their true personality or character. Wilson’s work has been shown in many exhibitions, most recently Osage Kwun Tong, Hong Kong (2011), National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan (2009), Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia (2009) and Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore (2009).

ZHENG CHONGBIN
Alignment
101 x 137 cm
Ink and acrylic on rice paper
2012
Courtesy of the artist
Estimate: HK$80,000 – $120,000

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Zheng Chongbin (b. 1961 in Shanghai, China) divides his time between Shanghai and California. He is a renowned Chinese ink artist who has stayed loyal to the thousands-year-old Asian tradition of ink painting, but has aesthetically modernized it with captivating, abstract paintings to give them contemporary relevance. Zheng’s process is to apply various consistencies of black ink over sheets of xuan paper (宣紙), which has been used in Chinese calligraphy for over one thousand years. His gestural strokes and forms recall distant landscapes and allow the viewer’s imagination to wander through the canvas. Zheng has had numerous group and solo exhibitions in North America, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Shanghai. His work is in collections at the British Museum, San Francisco Asian Art Museum and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

SOHAN QADRI
Vajra
99 x 70 cm
Ink and dye on paper
2010
Courtesy of Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Estimate: HK$250,000 – $300,000

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Sohan Qadri (1932-2010; Punjab, India) is described as a modern Tantric painter whose influences derive from his devout dedication to Tantric yoga, meditation and the study of Buddhist philosophy. Though his works echo Western artists like Mark Rothko and Clyfford Still, Qadri believed that his work was deeply and uniquely rooted in the East. His monochromatic paintings have repetitive effects, thus giving the bold and dramatic colors a vibrating energy. These effects seemingly extend beyond the confines of the canvas into the viewer’s realm to create a unified artistic experience. Qadri has suggested that viewing his work is meant to be a meditative experience. Qadri’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions in India, Europe and North America and is included in official and private collections worldwide.

MAN FUNG-YI
Needlework 3
192 x 42 cm
Ink on rice paper and burnished rice paper
2008
Courtesy of the artist
Estimate: HK$30,000 – $40,000

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Man Fung-Yi (b. 1968 in Hong Kong) is a Hong Kong artist who has exhibited in over 100 shows in Asia, Europe and North America. Man’s aesthetic captures the often nuanced relationship between art and life. She successfully balances Oriental traditions and contemporary Western art to arrive at an artistic harmony that transcends gender. In her Needlework series, Man uses sticks of incense to create circular patterns on rice, silk and Chinese scroll paper to reinterpret the ancient art form of needlework that Chinese women used to express affection and pray for blessings. Her works can be found in public spaces throughout Hong Kong, including the Kowloon MTR station, Shatin City Art Square and The Upper House. In addition to the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Heritage Museum and Hong Kong Airport Authority, museums in Japan and China hold collections of her work. She is actively involved in public art projects, and in 2009, she became the first female Hong Kong artist to have her work auctioned in Sotheby’s Asian Contemporary Art sale.

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