Asia Society Art Gala
Monday, May 20, 2013
Asia Society Hong Kong Center
9 Justice Drive, Admiralty
Cocktail reception: 6:30 pm │ Dinner: 7:30 pm │ Dessert performance: 9:00 pm
Asia Society's inaugural Art Gala honoring contemporary artists
Lee Ufan, Nyoman Masriadi, and Zeng Fanzhi
Asia Society’s inaugural Art Gala takes place right before Art Basel in Hong Kong and will be the signature event of the week. Notable attendees include major art collectors from the region; artists, galleries, and dignitaries from the art world; and Asia Society Trustees and patrons. They will all come together for this special evening to honor Lee Ufan, Nyoman Masriadi, and Zeng Fanzhi and recognize them for their significant contributions to the field of Asian contemporary art. There will also be a very special performance and dessert by Mariko Mori and Kreemart. All proceeds from the benefit will fund Asia Society Museum exhibitions and programs.
Korean artist Lee Ufan is widely known as one of the founders and major proponents of the avant-garde Mono-ha (Object School) group, Japan’s first internationally recognized contemporary art movement, in the late 1960s. Lee's work has been featured in hundreds of solo and group exhibitions since 1967, including a June 2011 major five decade retrospective of his work, entitled Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. He has received numerous accolades for his art. An artist, writer, and philosopher he is also a professor at Tama Art University, Tokyo, where he has taught since 1973.
Nyoman Masriadi is one of the leading Indonesian contemporary artists from the post-Suharto era. Masriad's paintings frequently depict superhuman figures whose narratives, while rooted in Indonesian cultural history, offer witty and often biting social commentary on contemporary life and global pop culture. A 2008 Singapore Art Museum exhibition spanning his ten-year career highlighted his unique visual language of painting.
Zeng Fanzhi is one of the most important contemporary artists in China. A product of the Cultural Revoltuion, his early works, such as Hospital Series and Mask Series, drew the global art world’s attention to Chinese contemporary art. Zeng has had numerous exhibitions around the world. He has an upcoming major solo exhibition at the the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in October 2013. Zeng currently lives and works in Beijing.
Yoshiko Mori, Chairperson, Mori Art Museum
Maggie Mei-Hui Tsai
Hyun Sook Lee, Kukje Gallery
Jasdeep Sandhu, Gajah Gallery
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Please contact [email protected] for more information.