Committed to bringing the finest works of art to auction, this autumn sale presents a museum-quality selection of important works. These include Liu Wei’s Revolutionary Family Series — Invitation to Dinner from 1992, one of the first works to mark Chinese contemporary art’s entry into the international art world with its participation in the 1993 Venice Biennale. It is joined by Zhang Xiaogang’s Tiananmen No.1 from 1993, a work that centres on China’s politics deploying a distinctive multi-layered brushwork to reveal the historical burden behind Tiananmen Square. Zeng Fanzhi’s Fire from 2007 is one of the few works by the artist that features fire as its main theme, which, representing both destruction and hope within darkness, forms an important part of the artist’s Landscape Series. Liu Ye’s The Pope Rescues a Small Pig focuses on the motif of Catholism that dominates Western works, while Yayoi Kusama’s Venus Net(R) andStatue of Venus Obliterated by Infinity Nets (R) from 1998 is one of the ten works from the Venus Series, in which the artist covers the statue of Venus with oil paint in an attempt to extend her famous infinity net.
Auction Room 1, Hall 3, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (New Wing)
1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
The Contemporary Asian Art sale on 7 October concluded with Liu Wei’sRevolutionary Family Series – Invitation to Dinner selling for HK$17.46 million / US$2.24 million (Est. HK$12 – 15 million / US$1.5 - 1.9 million), setting the world auction record for the artist.
The sale achieved a total of HK$117 million / US$15 million.