Mandopop icon Jay Chou fuses art and amusement

Mandopop icon Jay Chou fuses artwork and amusement

Mandopop star and artwork collector Jay Chou will take the curatorial reins of Sotheby’s inaugural Modern Curated auction sequence in Asia, transforming K11 into an artwork-studded movie set

Jay Chou, the Taiwanese singer-songwriter dubbed the ‘king of Mandopop’ has fingers in a lot of imaginative pies. Aside from his Mandopop megastar status (cemented by owning marketed in excess of 30 million data), he is also an actor, classically-educated pianist, movie director, Netflix host, rapper, magician and artwork collector. 

Introducing nonetheless yet another string to his bow, he has collaborated with Sotheby’s and the K11 team to curate an exhibition and two auctions in Hong Kong in a powerful fusion of wonderful art and entertainment.

At K11, Hong Kong’s ultimate society-fulfills-retail place, a two-section exhibition, on general public watch until eventually 18 June 2021, sees the spaces remodeled into an surroundings that resembles scenes from era- and style-spanning film sets. ‘In this collaboration, I have directed a set style and design for the auction preview to deliver persons again to the instances when these is effective have been produced,’ claims Chou. ‘Audiences will not just be hunting at the paintings, but going through the paintings as currently being part of their room and time.’

Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup series, exhibiting in set simulating a grocery store at K11Atelier

At K11 Musea, visitors will encounter an ornate antique piano showcased in Top secret (2007) the motion picture that starred Jay Chou and also marked his directorial debut. Elsewhere are three sets of bespoke live performance costumes worn by Jay Chou during his, ‘The Invincible’ earth tour, with product sales proceeds likely to charity. More than at the K11 Atelier, more than 50 artworks from the night sale and on line working day sale will be on view – as one particular may possibly think about, it’s not brief of showstoppers.

‘It is a special working experience that unites leisure and high-quality art, offered by cultural leaders from unique fields. My mission is to continue to deliver distinctive artwork and cultural expertise for communities throughout the globe that spark creativeness and inspiration, the collaboration with Jay and Sotheby’s is a great illustration of that.’ says Adrian Cheng, founder of K11, and erstwhile Wallpaper* Layout Awards judge.

Jay Chou’s concert costumes, on show at K11 Musea

Artwork headliners incorporate Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled, which turned deal with star of The New York Periods Journal in February 1985. Site visitors can also obtain Frank Stella’s trippy Untitled (Double Concentric Square) (1978), Yukimasa Ida’s new get the job done, King of Rock, and Yayoi Kusama’s painting, Pumpkin (1992) in daring purple, and, perhaps naturally, a tribute to Pop Art in the sort of Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup I, staged in its possess dedicated ‘grocery store’. Other highlighted artists in Chou’s curation consist of Richard Prince, Adrian Ghenie, Loie Hollowell and Takashi Murakami. 

So who is Chou’s favorite artist? Followed closely by Jean-Michel Basquiat, it’s the musician’s mom Yei Hui-Mei – an art instructor, painter and sculptor to whom he characteristics his lifelong enthusiasm for artwork. In a latest dialogue with Sotheby’s, Chou recalled that his mother favoured Dali around Picasso mainly because ‘Dali was a lot more faithful to his lover’. §