T he Art of Tomorrow presents an eclectic selection of works from the collection of prominent Hong Kong-based art patrons Natalie and Lawrence Chu, founder of the independent not-for-profit Chu Foundation. The works will be sold to benefit the foundation, with a total of 34 lots to be offered across Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening and Day Sales in October. Among these works are paintings, sculptures and installation art by some of the most sought-after contemporary artists, including Martin Wong, Firenze Lai, Zhang Enli, and Jonas Wood.
“Many of the works in the collection represent a special memory for Natalie and me when we personally interacted with the artists, gallerist and curators. [These artists] are on the frontiers of human expression and the world needs their creativity now more than ever.”
Lots to be Offered in Evening Sale (6 October)
The mission of the Chu foundation is to empower and support the art community by “fostering cross-cultural communications and sharing and ultimately bringing a positive impact to society at large,” according to Lawrence Chu. The foundation has embarked on its latest project in Japan, the Chu Residency at Tateyama, which will foster a community of artistic and cultural exchange. Gathering artists from around the world to the tranquil town of Tateyama, the Residency will be a place for artists to focus and develop their visions and crafts, with plans to expand a mentorship program and an interactive and communicative digital space. Artists will be welcomed to an immersive experience and a community structure unbound from the constraints of traditional institutions, which will foster a deeper understanding of artists’ relationship with their work and elevate their creative endeavors. A portion of the sale proceeds from The Art of Tomorrow will fund The Residency, which is scheduled to launch in 2021.
“The ‘Art of Tomorrow’ collection spotlights works by established artists and young and cutting-edge talent whose unique visions inspired Natalie and Lawrence throughout their collecting journey. We are honored to be entrusted with this remarkable collection, and are proud that the sale will benefit the Chu Foundation’s steadfast dedication to support and cultivate artistic exchange within Asia and around the world.”
With a combination of works by Asian and Western blue-chip artists as well as emerging local talents, the Chu Collection represents a distinct perspective from Hong Kong where the Chu family is rooted. Its diversity in expression reflects Natalie and Lawrence’s belief that art can spark innovation and enrich lives.