Adrian Cheng, Founder of K11, and music icon Jay Chou jointly hosted the Sotheby’s preview and online panel discussion in K11 ATELIER Victoria Dockside over the weekend, to kick off the auction preview of the one-of-a-kind collaboration JAY CHOU X SOTHEBY’S.
Art collectors, lovers of music and culture, celebrities and members of the press attended the preview on 11 June. For those who were not among the happy guests, here are a sneak peek of the conversation held during the inauguration, highlighting the aim to bring culture to a wider and younger audience.
Adrian Cheng said “The collaboration with Jay and Sotheby’s echoes what I believe and what K11 embodies. It is a unique journey that unites entertainment and fine art, presented by cultural leaders from different fields.”
Echoing Adrian Cheng’s vision, Nathan Drahi, Managing Director of Sotheby’s Asia, said “We are thrilled to continue our collaboration with K11 and embark on another exciting journey to promote contemporary art as well as luxury collectables. K11 and Sotheby’s share the vision of bringing art to a wider audience, and together we look forward to engaging audiences across communities and showcasing what culture and art can offer in tandem.”
Adrian Cheng also added that “With art becoming more accessible, people begin to build up their knowledge capital from the immersive experiences in opening spaces and museums such as K11, and on the back of growing interest in art from the Millennials and Gen Z, many of whom have taken up art collection, K11 seeks to foster an impassioned group of next generation art connoisseurs that contributes to the dialogue around art and culture through the collaboration with Sotheby’s”.
To extend their reach to the mass public and to bring art to everyday lives, the following day was organised K11 Konversation, a podcast open to public audience where speakers discussed the intersections between creativity, culture and innovation, with art writer Vivienne Chow as moderator, Yuki Terase, Senior Director, Head of Contemporary Art in Sotheby’s Asia, Jazz Li, the Founder of Enviseam and SK Lam, Creative Director and Curator of AllRightsReserved, on the topic of “Artists as Celebrities in Popular Culture”. The aim was to explore the intersection between contemporary art and pop culture and to promote dialogues on art appreciation.
The Sotheby’s auction preview will be presented in K11 MUSEA and K11 ATELIER until 18 June where art aficionados can view more than fifty artworks from Sotheby’s Evening Sale and Online Day Sale. Notable highlights include Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled from 1985, an iconic work that was featured on the cover of The New York Times Magazine, as well as Pablo Picasso’s Buste d’Homme (1969).