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May 8, 2014

Art and Soul

Calling all culture vultures! As the spring weather heats up, a storm of arts and culture is brewing and ready to make waves on our shores. Escape the humidity for a touch of refinement as a cosmopolitan mix of art appreciators and influencers come together in one of the year’s hottest art events. Set to shake up our scene from May 15-18, the Asia Contemporary Art Show at the Conrad Hong Kong will provide art aficionados and collectors with a serious treat featuring thought-provoking pieces by the world’s most talked-about talent. Here’s your go-to guide to all the fabulousness in store…

The Low-down 
The fourth edition of the bi-annual Asia Contemporary Art Show will display more than 3,000 works of art from 19 countries. Get ready to browse and buy original paintings, limited editions, sculpture and photography from a carefully curated mix of 400 up-and-coming artists, as well as established masters who are making major waves at auction, and in private and public collections.

The largest and most influential ‘satellite’ event to Art Basel Hong Kong kicks off with an invite-­‐only VIP Collectors Preview on Thursday May 15. The show is themed ‘Bringing a World of Art to Hong Kong’ and boasts an intriguing selection of work from five continents, appealing to local and international collectors alike. Best of all, it provides a fantastic opportunity to meet and interact with the creative minds themselves, as more than 70 artists will attend the show to speak about their inspiration and creative motivation.

Hot Picks
Global highlights – some you’ll know, others you’ll love…

One of the most iconic artists in the US pop art movement, Andy Warhol became as famous as the celebrities portrayed in his popular screen prints. During the 1960s, Warhol produced many of his most famous and iconic images in The Factory, his studio in New York City’s Union Square. This piece, Queen Elizabeth II, is a signed and numbered trial proof edition print from Warhol’s Reigning Queens series completed two years before the artist’s sudden death in 1987. (Rooms 4407 & 4408)

What do David and Victoria Beckham, her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway and rock singer Bruce Springsteen have in common? They all hold Norwegian artist Elling Reitan’s works in their private collections. Widely recognised as one of Norway’s leading contemporary artists, Reitan is known for his oils and watercolour paintings, lithographs, colour etchings and glassware. The black and white yin and yang characters seen in many of his paintings are his hallmark, and find their inspiration in Chinese philosophy. (Room 4209)

Shanghai contemporary artist Qiu Sheng Xian has become famous for his stunning, unique paintings, which combine oriental tradition with modern themes. His work focuses on the vivid contrast between the historical and fashionable; spiritual and material; and logical and contradictory. Qiu’s paintings appear in many corporate collections worldwide, including Siemens, H&M, Deutsche Bank and Philips. US President Barack Obama and German President Joachim Gauck are also said to be collectors. (Room 4017)

One of Japan’s most important living artists, Yayoi Kusama held solo exhibitions at the Tate Modern, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum New York. In 2008, Christies New York sold Infinity Net No. 8 for USD $5.8 million, an auction record for a living female artist. Known for her psychedelic colours, repetition and patterns, Kusama’s work reflects her lifelong hallucinations, panic attacks and compulsive obsessions. Her collaborative collection with Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton launched in 2012, extending her quirky magic to the world of leather goods, accessories, shoes, watches and jewellery.  (Room 4221)

Open Door 
Tickets for the Asia Contemporary Art Show are available online at or Standard tickets are HK$180 (admits two if purchased online; admits one if purchased at the door) while VIP Tickets are HK$260 per person and include an invitation to the exclusive VIP Art Night on Friday 16 May and access to the VIP Lounge.

A little bit of art and soul awaits at the Asia Contemporary Art Show…

Asia Contemporary Art Show
Conrad Hong Kong, 40th – 44th floors
Thursday May 15, 5pm – 9.30pm – VIP Collectors Preview (invite only)
Friday May 16, 5pm – 9.30pm – VIP Art Night (VIP ticket holders only)
General Admission
Friday May 16, 1pm – 5pm
Saturday May 17, 1pm – 8.30pm
Sunday May 18, 1pm – 8.30pm
Standard Tickets: HK$180 (admits two if purchased online)
VIP Tickets: HK$260 per person

**DSTS Reader Contest**: We have two VIP tickets (valued at HK$520) to Asia Contemporary Art Show to give away. To win, email and let us know “What is your favourite gallery in Hong Kong?”

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