Hong Kong has long been linked, both culturally and financially, to London and New York. An upcoming sales exhibition at K11 Musea, a hybrid shopping mall and cultural platform founded by Hong Kong billionaire Adrian Cheng’s K11 Group, hopes to strengthen ties between Hong Kong and Los Angeles, home to one of the biggest Chinese-speaking communities in North America.
The sales exhibition, “Hot Concrete: LA to HK,” will feature over 55 works by a large and diverse contingent of 30 LA-based artists, ranging from younger names like Aryo Toh Djojo, Austyn Weiner, Greg Ito, Jaime Muñoz, and Zoé Blue M, to established personalities from previous generations, such as Peter Shire. It will run from October 21 to November 13.
“I’ve always had a great love for LA and anything LA, I consider it my second home. I think there are a lot of similarities and it’s connected by the Pacific Ocean,” said Kevin Poon, who grew up between Hong Kong and Los Angeles and co-presents the exhibition with K11 Musea. (Ouyang Art Consulting is co-organizer of the exhibition.)
“The two are a melting pot of different cultures,” Poon said. “Los Angeles and Hong Kong have begun to address the many centers of the city as concerns about density, affordability, sustainability and community become increasingly prescient.”
Organized by the Los Angeles-based gallery Sow and Tailor, the exhibition is inspired by the four main principles of ikebanathe Japanese art of flower arranging – a new approach to movement, balance and harmony.
The show’s opening coincides with the easing of Hong Kong’s longstanding pandemic travel restrictions. The city ended the long hotel in quarantine for inbound travelers earlier this month, and restrictions are expected to be eased further next month as international events probably resume.
“I think people always want to come to Hong Kong, especially artists,” Poon said, “because Hong Kong has such a big place in the art scene.”
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