Scheduled to host our 2nd annual Hong Kong edition of South Island Art Day with the theme “The New Art World Dynasty” on Thursday, 29th March at L’Hotel Island South, the art world makes its way to one of Asia’s leading cities. With a sea of activities, predominantly promoting Contemporary Art, the upcoming Bonhams sale seeks to take a slightly different approach and welcome curiosities in other visual art genres.
“Ritual and Culture: Fine Southeast Asian Arts” seeks to welcome the synergies found in pre-modern, modern and contemporary art by exploring thematic clusters that are easily defined by the aesthetic and cultural familiarities of the region.
Organised in association with Art Agenda, S.E.A., an art agency which focuses on advisory and curatorial services in Southeast Asia, the lots include works by Hendra Gunawan, Cheong Soo Pieng, Leang Seckon and Fadjar Sidik. With over 50 lots up for grabs, paintings, prints, sculptures, drawings, books and ornaments range from evaluated asking prices of US $2,600 – $770,000.
Works with the highest estimate include Affandi (Indo) “Roller Coaster”, 1970 (US $510,000 – $770,000); Ronald Ventura (Ph) “Appetite”, 2008 (US $150,000 – $ 200,000); Antonio Blanco (Ph –Indo) “Joged Dancers”, 1962 (US $360,000 – $490,000); Hendra Gunawan (Indo) “The Puppeteer”, 1974 (US$180,000 – $220,000).
To summarise the importance of this collaboration, founder of Art Agenda, S.E.A., Zineng Wang, former Christie’s Head of Sales for Southeast Asian Art, quotes:
“With Bonhams, we wanted to create a sale that would look at the cultural and historical ties that exist between pre-modern artefacts and the works produced by modern and Contemporary artists. In a busy art week like this in Hong Kong, there is obviously a lot of focus on Contemporary production, so we can take a slightly contrarian direction and throw some attention on the value of historical material.”
To view the sale lots please click here.