It hasn’t come as a surprise that Jay Chou is a serious art collector. In his latest collaboration as a curator with Sotheby’s Hong Kong, Jay Chou is uniting entertainment and fine art in this anticipated events marking the inaugural edition of Sotheby’s auction series titled CONTEMPORARY CURATED: ASIA.
Jay Chou is a man with many talents. Having already achieved international success as a singer, songwriter, musician, an actor and film director, the Mando-pop star is about to launch a prominent role in promoting art. Over the last two decades his creativity in producing his shows incorporating elements of poetry and classical styles, and even fine art — converging art and music — has helped connect with audiences across various generations around the world.
In CONTEMPORARY CURATED: ASIA, Jay Chou has challenged the traditional way art and auctions are perceived. Bringing together an illustrious assemblage of exceptional works, the auction of this edition is offered in two events — an evening sale and an online day sale — offering a total of more than 100 lots.
“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. 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.” — Jay Chou.
[Left image: Jay Chou with Peter Doig’s Road Home, 1991. Photo by Chiang Ming Shih. Artwork © 2021 Peter Doig]
Led by Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled from 1985 (an iconic work featured on the cover of The New York Times Magazine in 1985) in the evening sale, other highlights include the auction of Chou’s bespoke concert costumes worn during his debut world tour “The Invincible”, which will be sold and the proceed given to charity.
The partnership with Sotheby’s rose from Chou’s passion for art that could be traced all the way back to his early childhood, where much of his creativity was influenced by his mother Yeh Hui-mei, an art teacher. Inspired from a very young age and close relationship with her, Chou even named his fourth studio album (2003) after her.
In a recent interview with journalist, cultural critic and founder of Cultural Journalism Campus, Jay Chou said, “Art is not unattainable. Art lives around us, and it should be appreciated and taken further into our lives. Art is a sensual experience that has much universal appeal.”
As one of the world’s biggest influencers with more than 6.4 million followers on Instagram (@jaychou), Jay is also well recognised in the Asian and international art scene as a passionate and avid art collector. To date, the “King of Mando-pop” has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and performed eight world tours to more than 10 million people, with numerous music accolades under his belt.
Display of Costumes, 11 – 18 June
and Antique Piano, 10am – 10pm (Venue: G/F, Opera Theatre, K11 MUSEA)
Display of Auction 12 June, 3pm – 7pm
Artworks 13 – 17 June, 11am – 7pm
18 June, 11am – 5pm (Venue: L21, K11 ATELIER, Victoria Dockside)
Session I. Evening Sale
Auction Preview: 11 – 18 June 2021
K11 ATELIER and K11 MUSEA Hong Kong
Live Auction: 18 June 2021
5/F, Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery, One Pacific Place, Admiralty
Session II. Day Sale
Online Auction: 10 – 22 June 2021
Read more about Music Press Asia’s Art Section here.
Other works auctioned by Sotheby’s in the same series include the following:
Pablo Picasso, Buste d’Homme (1969), Oil on canvas, 116 x 89 cm, Est: HK$93,000,000 – 143,000,000 / US$11,990,000 – 18,430,000
Richard Prince, Runaway Nurse (2005/06), Inkjet and acrylic on canvas, 280 x 168 cm, Est: HK$75,000,000 – 95,000,000 / US$9,670,000 – 12,240,000
Frank Stella, Untitled (double concentric square), 1978, acrylic on canvas, 205.5 x 408.5 cm, Est: HK$ 32,000,000 – 48,000,000 / US$4,130,000 – 6,190,000
Zao Wou-Ki, 14.05.63. 1963, Oil on canvas, 100 x 80.5 cm, Est: HK$30,000,000 – 50,000,000 / US$3,870,000 – 6,450,000