Zeitgenössische asiatische Kunst

Midas and the Infinite

Hong Kong – Midas and the Infinite is one of Damien Hirst's series of opulent butterfly monochrome paintings made for the Sotheby's auction 'Beautiful Inside My Head Forever' in 2008. With its pseudo religious glow, the stunning painting is made up of a panoply of different butterfly species – some large, some small, some brightly coloured, others mottled. The exuberant hues of the butterflies' gossamer wings – iridescent and reflecting light – are set on a stunning expanse of gold that induces awe and contemplation. Their fragile existence and brief lifespan become poignant in their enshrinement in household gloss. The use of butterflies make up a core body of work in Hirst’s oeuvre, and the animal has both religious and spiritual associations. For centuries, the image of the butterfly has been revered and reproduced by numerous cultural and religious groups, not only for its inherent beauty, but also for its symbolic significance. Contemporary French artist Jean Dubuffet, a pioneering figure of the Art Brut movement, was one of the first artists to use these specimens as “found objects” on his canvases such as Apollo Pap’s Nose from 1953. The butterfly can represent development, change and evolution at its most basic physiological level. The insect’s metamorphosis into a fully realized butterfly is one that is familiar to many; the egg hatches into a caterpillar which grows and then develops into a formed butterfly.

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Pioneering vision in Contemporary Korean and Japanese Art

Continuing the momentum we saw for Contemporary Korean and Japanese artists during our ground-breaking selling exhibition in March, the spring sale offered a fine selection of works by leading figures from the abstract movements – Park Seobo, Chung Sanghwa and Tanaka Atsuko. All achieved extraordinary results and were sold at multiple times of their previous auction records, demonstrating Sotheby’s vision in showcasing this category at auction.

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Sotheby’s Contemporary Asian Art Department offers paintings, sculpture and works on paper from a diverse range of artists from China, Japan and Korea dating from the 1980s to the present day. Sotheby’s conducted the first ever dedicated sale of contemporary Asian art in October 2004 in Hong Kong. Since then, contemporary Asian art has rapidly emerged as one of the most dynamic sectors in the international art market with demand steadily growing.

Season after season, the department’s experienced team of specialists in Hong Kong, New York and London have produced record-breaking results and brought to market the most desirable examples of the genre available, including highly coveted works by celebrated artists such as Zhang Xiaogang, Zeng Fanzhi, Liu Wei, Fang Lijin, Yue Minjun, Ai Weiwei, Chen Zhen, Huang Yongping and Liu Xiadong.

Recently Sotheby’s held the world’s first auction of a private collection dedicated to Yoshitomo Nara’s works, You Are Not Alone – Yoshitomo Nara Works from the Kurokochi Collection, which achieved more than double the pre-sale estimate. In 2011, the sale of the Ullens Collection achieved $72 million and set the auction record for any single-owner collection of contemporary Chinese art.

Major sales of contemporary Asian art are held in April and October in Hong Kong.

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's Zeitgenössische asiatische Kunst sales, please click here.
HONG KONG:
+852 2822 8134
BEIJING:
+86 10 6408 8771
LONDON:
+44 (0)20 7293 5401
NEW YORK:
+1 212 894 1050
TOKYO:
+81 3 3230 2755

Sotheby’s Contemporary Asian Art Department offers paintings, sculpture and works on paper from a diverse range of artists from China, Japan and Korea dating from the 1980s to the present day. Sotheby’s conducted the first ever dedicated sale of contemporary Asian art in October 2004 in Hong Kong. Since then, contemporary Asian art has rapidly emerged as one of the most dynamic sectors in the international art market with demand steadily growing.

Season after season, the department’s experienced team of specialists in Hong Kong, New York and London have produced record-breaking results and brought to market the most desirable examples of the genre available, including highly coveted works by celebrated artists such as Zhang Xiaogang, Zeng Fanzhi, Liu Wei, Fang Lijin, Yue Minjun, Ai Weiwei, Chen Zhen, Huang Yongping and Liu Xiadong.

Recently Sotheby’s held the world’s first auction of a private collection dedicated to Yoshitomo Nara’s works, You Are Not Alone – Yoshitomo Nara Works from the Kurokochi Collection, which achieved more than double the pre-sale estimate. In 2011, the sale of the Ullens Collection achieved $72 million and set the auction record for any single-owner collection of contemporary Chinese art.

Major sales of contemporary Asian art are held in April and October in Hong Kong.

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's Zeitgenössische asiatische Kunst sales, please click here.
HONG KONG:
+852 2822 8134
BEIJING:
+86 10 6408 8771
LONDON:
+44 (0)20 7293 5401
NEW YORK:
+1 212 894 1050
TOKYO:
+81 3 3230 2755

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Senior Director, Head of Contemporary Art, Asia
+852 2822 8134
Director, Senior Specialist, Contemporary Asian Art
+852 2822 8137
Head of Boundless Sales, Modern & Contemporary Art
+852 2822 8101

Sotheby’s Contemporary Asian Art Department offers paintings, sculpture and works on paper from a diverse range of artists from China, Japan and Korea dating from the 1980s to the present day. Sotheby’s conducted the first ever dedicated sale of contemporary Asian art in October 2004 in Hong Kong. Since then, contemporary Asian art has rapidly emerged as one of the most dynamic sectors in the international art market with demand steadily growing.

Season after season, the department’s experienced team of specialists in Hong Kong, New York and London have produced record-breaking results and brought to market the most desirable examples of the genre available, including highly coveted works by celebrated artists such as Zhang Xiaogang, Zeng Fanzhi, Liu Wei, Fang Lijin, Yue Minjun, Ai Weiwei, Chen Zhen, Huang Yongping and Liu Xiadong.

Recently Sotheby’s held the world’s first auction of a private collection dedicated to Yoshitomo Nara’s works, You Are Not Alone – Yoshitomo Nara Works from the Kurokochi Collection, which achieved more than double the pre-sale estimate. In 2011, the sale of the Ullens Collection achieved $72 million and set the auction record for any single-owner collection of contemporary Chinese art.

Major sales of contemporary Asian art are held in April and October in Hong Kong.

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's Zeitgenössische asiatische Kunst sales, please click here.
HONG KONG:
+852 2822 8134
BEIJING:
+86 10 6408 8771
LONDON:
+44 (0)20 7293 5401
NEW YORK:
+1 212 894 1050
TOKYO:
+81 3 3230 2755