Over the past two decades, ‘the invincible’, Jay Chou has created one after another classic songs that have swept across Asia. He is undoubtedly the most influential contemporary music king. In fact, he is also an art collector and a cultural lover. Recently, he was invited to be the guest curator of Asia’s first “Contemporary Curated: Asia” auction. This collaboration marks as an unprecedented ground-breaking event in the art and entertainment industry.
蘇富比拍賣行及K11集團於今年六月攜手合作，並破天荒邀請了華語音樂界傳奇周杰倫，帶來廣受好評「Contemporary Curated」拍賣系列登陸亞洲。周杰倫不僅親自為拍賣策劃挑選一系列藝術作品，對「JAY CHOU X SOTHEBY’S」拍賣預展場景佈置更是親力親為。他提到：「我為這場合作的預展設計場景佈置，因為我想帶大家回到作品創作時那一刻，讓大家看到的不只是畫作本身，而且感受到作品與它們所屬的時空。」
Sotheby’s and the K11 Group collaborated in June this year and invited the legendary Chinese music icon, Jay Chou, bringing the celebrated “Contemporary Curated” auction series to Asia. Jay Chou not only personally selected a series of exceptional art works for the auction, but also designed the “JAY CHOU X SOTHEBY’S” auction preview in person. He mentioned: “In this collaboration, I have directed a set design for the auction preview to bring people back to the times when these works are created. Audiences will not just be looking at the paintings, but experiencing the paintings as being part of their space and time.”
Jay Chou designed the K11 ATELIER auction preview with the street scenes of New York in the 1970s and 1980s. As soon as audiences stepped into the auction preview, our eyes can be immediately caught by the venue entrance which is like a Broadway theater. At the same time, Jay Chou’s favorite artist Basquiat’s best known masterwork, Untitled, was exhibited at the center of the auction preview. There are also two chairs that were once placed in Basquiat’s studio, one of which lies casually on the ground, simulating the situation when he appeared on the cover of the “New York Times” magazine in 1985. This eye-catching art piece is taking the audience to begin on an artistic journey.
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled 1985, acrylic and oilstick on wood, in three parts 217.2 x 275.6 x 30.5 cm
The left part of the exhibition is in a traditional gallery style, neatly arranged with a series of artworks; while the right side of the exhibition imitates the streets of New York. It aims to makes us feel like we are in the era when Basquiat began to create street art, where we can meet Andy Warhol in the grocery store, or knock on the door of Picasso’s studio.
The design of this auction preview is novel and unprecedented. It is no longer reminiscent of a dull gallery, but integrates the art pieces with the environment, so that the audience can appreciate art in a different way and integrate art into life. This is also Jay Chou idea of this design: leaving audiences with different ways of understanding and appreciating the art that surrounds us every day.
“CONTEMPORARY CURATED: ASIA”: Sotheby’s x Jay Chou
(K11 MUSEA) 10:00 – 2200
(K11 ATELIER) 6.12: 1500 – 1900; 6.13-6.17: 1100 – 1900; 6.18: 1100 – 1700
G/F，Opera Theatre ，K11 MUSEA (Display of Costumes and Antique Piano)
L21，K11 ATELIER，Victoria Dockside (Display of Auction Artworks)
Session I. Evening Sale
Live Auction: 2021.6.18
5/F, Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery, One Pacific Place, Admiralty
Session II. Day Sale
Online Auction: 2021.6.10-6.22
Courtesy of Sotheby’s