Sotheby's announce exhibition of Japanese and Korean contemporary art



2015-06-26 11:27:21

Sotheby's are preparing to host a groundbreaking selling exhibition on Hong Kong next month, featuring more than 50 major Asian contemporary artworks.

The dual exhibition will present post-war Japanese and Korean abstract art in two corresponding shows: 'Avant Garde Asia: Gutai and Its Legacy', and 'Avant Garde Asia: Lines of Korean Masters'.

Together, the two shows will offer the "most comprehensive, museum-scale retrospective of the post-war period and its development" from the 1950s to the present day.

Notable artists featured will include Japan's Shiraga Kazuo and Motonaga Sadamasa,  and Korea's Lee Ufan and Ha Chonghyun.

According to Evelyn Lin, Head of Contemporary Asian Art at Sotheby’s, the series will be "the first of its kind ever to place the artistic, cultural, and political concerns of Japan and Korea side by side, offering a thematic inspection of the worlds of Gutai and post-war Korean abstract art."

“Having auctioned Japanese and Korean contemporary art in our worldwide salerooms with great success, Sotheby’s is pleased to present this exceptional and important private selling exhibition series in Asia – the first and most comprehensive of its kind – offering an in-depth academic investigation into post-war Japanese and Korean art," said Miety Heiden, Head of Contemporary Private Sales, North America, Sotheby’s.

"This ground-breaking series serves as an astounding opportunity for collectors and art lovers in this part of the world to explore, experience and acquire rare and prominent works by Japanese and Korean abstract masters – six decades after the beginning of the two artistic developments.” The exhibition runs at Sotheby's Hong Kong gallery from March 13-27.

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