19 Oct 2015 

This November Asia Art Archive presents its Annual Fundraiser with an auction of over 80 works of art generously donated by local and international artists and galleries. In partnership with Christie’s, the artworks will be available to preview from 10–13 November at The Space. Bids can be placed online in advance via Paddle8 from 30 October–14 November. The accompanying dinner and live auction on 14 November will welcome 300 invited guests at the iconic floating restaurant Jumbo Kingdom. This year AAA also collaborates with premium men’s shirt specialist PYE with a limited collection of sweatshirts designed by four artists from AAA’s residency programme.

The Fundraiser is generously supported by sponsors Melco International Development Limited, Van Cleef & Arpels, Christie’s, Helutrans artmove, XL Catlin, Altaya Wines, Mr. & Mrs. Hans Michael Jebsen, Orient Unlimited, PYE (Hong Kong) Limited; and media sponsors including Artforum International, ArtAsiaPacific, Bazaar Art, Financial Times and Hong Kong Tatler.

10–12 Nov | 11am–7pm
13 Nov | 11am–4pm

Opening Reception
10 Nov | 6.30-8.30pm

The Space
210 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.

30 Oct–14 Nov | Online via Paddle8
14 Nov | Auction Dinner

Auction Highlights
Included in this year’s auction are the works of Hong Kong-based artists Wucius Wong, Samson Young, Map Office, Ho Sin Tung, and Lee Kit, alongside prominent Chinese artists including Liu Wei, Song Dong, Xu Bing, and Zhang Xiaogang. A selection of other renowned international artists include Yoko Ono, Nilima Sheikh, Danh Vō and Tiffany Chung.

Song Dong
Fifteen sheets of white paper
Paper board, xuan paper
122 x 90 x 3.5cm
Donated by the artist 

In recognition of AAA’s 15th anniversary, Song Dong generously donated his work Fifteen sheets of white paper (2015). With a minimalist touch, Song symbolises the 15 years since the founding of Asia Art Archive, marking each day of each year with a crease in the paper. This work resonates back to his AAA residency and year-long project ‘36 Calendars’, which rewrote the last 36 years of history from a personal perspective in the

Samson Young

To Fanon (“mastery of language affords remarkable power” on Chrysanthemum Sigh for viola and cello [2005])
Silkscreen print on manuscript of original musical composition (ink on paper)
29.7 x 42 cm each
Donated by the artist 

Samson Young ‘s works are fundamentally informed by an engagement with new cultural technological paradigms and yet are deeply grounded in the classical musical tradition. In this work, the quotations from Frantz Fanon are printed on the original manuscript of a musical composition by the artist. The composition in question is Chrysanthemum Sigh for viola and cello, which received its premiere at the Musicarama Festival in 2005. Samson Young, the winner of the inaugural BMW Art Journey, has participated in AAA’s programme 15 Invitations with the project AAAFM99.3.

Nilima Sheikh

Sarhad 2
Tempera on Sanganer Paper
54.61 x 157.48 cm
Donated by Gallery Espace and the artist

For the last 12 years, Nilima Sheikh has looked at the histories of Kashmir, as well as the lore and literature thereof. Sarhad 2 belongs to a series painted on Sanganer paper pasted on cloth, using pearlescent pigments along with colours. The work was inspired by the contemporary novelist Mirza Waheed’s The Collaborator, which was written as a first person account of a young Gujjar boy living in a village near the Line of Control between India and Pakistan.

Map Office

Hong Kong Is Land
Drawing printed on 350gsm Hahnemuhle
Set of 8 drawings – 45 x 90 cm (drawing 1 and 8) 40 x 90 cm (drawing 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
Edition: 3/5
Donated by the artists

Hong Kong-based artists Map Office donated a set of eight drawings, Hong Kong Is Land (2014), a unique visual cartography that questions global awareness and universal values. As AAA resident artists in 2012, the duo explored the physical and imaginary places within the archive, resulting in the installation Atlas of Asia Art Archive.

Yoko Ono

Touch me (edition)
Primed canvas
30.5 x 30.5 cm
Edition: 5 / 21
Donated by Galerie Lelong

Yoko Ono is a multi-media artist whose thought-provoking work challenges people’s understanding of art and the world around them. In 2008 Yoko Ono presented touch me in New York. A large canvas covered the entire width of the exhibition space with openings cut into the can vas, and viewers were invited to insert body parts through. Encompassed in this simple act are opposing elements of isolation, exposure, vulnerability, and defiance. touch me (edition) continues Ono’s notion of painting as twof old: instruction and realisation.

Liu Wei
Mirror, metal
60 x 60 x 170 cm
Donated by Lehmann Maupin, White Cube, Long March Space, and the artist

Liu Wei’s multidisciplinary work is characterised by a sense of uncertainty and subversion. With this work, Liu continues his exploration of the material nature of mirrors, first demonstrated in the exhibition ‘Colors’ at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing (2015). As the massive Puzzle (2014) included in the exhibition, the sculpture Untitled presented here uses a group of irregularly shaped, structured mirrors, and calls attention to the act of looking itself, pertaining to the dichotomy of interiority and exteriority.

Zhang Xiaogang
Pink Boy Holding a Right Fist
Painted Bronze
70 X 44.5 x 29.5 cm
Donated by the artist

Renowned for his haunting paintings of family photos, Zhang Xiaogang’s oeuvre engages with identity within collectivism in China. This series of works is the artist’s first series of painted bronzes; the characters in his paintings are now rendered in three dimensions, with unrealistic colouring inspired by Tangsancai and Egyptian art. In 2007, AAA worked with the artist to digitise his personal archive, a thorough compilation of his works, drawings and sketches, personal correspondence, photographs, manuscripts, news clippings, bibliographies, and exhibition publicity ephemera, from the late 1970s to 2011.

Danh Vō
Colour gravure, Somerset White Satin
300g 140 x 140 cm
Edition: 14/24
Donated by Vitamin Creative Space

Dahn Vō’s practice explores appropriation and fragmentation in a high conceptualisam that frequently involves minimalist, poetic personal reflections as well as references to his own biography. This piece depicts the original Bambridge portrait of Looty, the Pekingese dog brought to the West from the sacking of the Old Summer Palace in Beijing. The work is ‘an aptly chosen example of the exportation and reclamation of culture, and the shifting and globalisation of local heritage’.