Rockbund Art Museum announces HUGO BOSS ASIA award 2017

Hugo Boss Asia announces their 12 nominators and six jury members for the 2017 award.

Designed to support emerging artists from Asia, the award also provides a curated exhibition for the finalists at the Shanghai-based Rockbund Art Museum.

Larys Frogier at the Rockbund Art Museum and HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award 2017 announcement. Image courtesy Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) and HUGO BOSS.

Larys Frogier at the Rockbund Art Museum and HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award 2017 announcement. Image courtesy Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) and HUGO BOSS.

In its third edition, the HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award will select emerging artists from Greater China and Southeast Asia. Leading independent curators, artists and cultural institutions will choose the 12 shortlisted artists.

Liu Yingjiu, Deputy Director of Rockbund Art Museum, and Adeline Ooi at the Rockbund Art Museum and HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award 2017 announcement. Image courtesy Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) and HUGO BOSS.

Liu Yingjiu, Deputy Director of Rockbund Art Museum, and Adeline Ooi at the Rockbund Art Museum and HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award 2017 announcement. Image courtesy Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) and HUGO BOSS.

The nominators of HUGO BOSS ASIA ART 2017 are:

  • Zoe Butt, Artistic Director, The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Meiya Cheng, independent curator, Co-founder of Taipei Contemporary Art Center (TCAC)
  • Joselina Cruz, Director and Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), Manila
  • Daniel Szehin Ho, Editor-in-chief and Co-founder of Ran Dian, based in Shanghai and Hong Kong
  • Lee Kit, artist, based in Hong Kong and Taipei
  • Aimee Lin, Co-founder and Editor of ArtReview Asia, based in Shanghai
  • David Teh, writer, curator and art advisor at the National University of Singapore
  • Karen Smith, curator, Executive Director of OCAT Xi’An, based in Shanghai
  • Alia Swastika, curator and writer, based in Jakarta
  • Wu Mo, PhD candidate, art critic and curator, based in Hong Kong
  • Yap Sau Bin, artist and educator, based in Kuala Lumpur
  • Ye Ying, Editor of The Art Newspaper China, based in Beijing
Larys Frogier, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and Marc Spieglers at the Rockbund Art Museum and HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award 2017 announcement. Image courtesy Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) and HUGO BOSS.

Larys Frogier, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and Marc Spieglers at the Rockbund Art Museum and HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award 2017 announcement. Image courtesy Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) and HUGO BOSS.

The finalists, to be announced in June 2017, will be chosen by a panel of experts led by Larys Frogier, Director of Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai and the Chair of the HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Jury. Other jury members include Ute Meta Bauer, Yuko Hasegawa, Venus Lau, Adele Tan and Zhang Peili.

The four finalists will participate in a group exhibition at the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) from 26 October 2017 to 7 January 2018, which will be curated by RAM senior curator Li Qi and will present newly commissioned works.

Cosmin Costinas, Alexandra Munroe and Sarah Eaton at the Rockbund Art Museum and HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award 2017 announcement. Image courtesy Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) and HUGO BOSS.

Cosmin Costinas, Alexandra Munroe and Sarah Eaton at the Rockbund Art Museum and HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award 2017 announcement. Image courtesy Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) and HUGO BOSS.

Awarded biannually, the previous winners include Hong Kong’s Kwan Sheung Chi in 2013 and Filipino artist Maria Taniguchi in 2015. By focusing on emerging artists, the award, as Larys Frogier observes, “celebrates the rich diversity, the fresh perspectives and new narratives of Asia’s emerging art scene”. Frogier further comments that

HUGO BOSS ASIA ART is marked by its extensive exhibition, research and education program, and together with the Award is able to reach an extensive audience through Rockbund Art Museum’s unique position in China, as a leading cultural institution enhancing its vision to support emerging contemporary artists in Asia. Through this, the program nurtures conversations between art communities in the region, and creates collaborations to further encourage and influence the development of contemporary art globally.

The Rockbund Art Museum and HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award 2017 announcement. Image courtesy Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) and HUGO BOSS.

The Rockbund Art Museum and HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award 2017 announcement. Image courtesy Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) and HUGO BOSS.

The award has a strong commitment to education and will deliver a number of programmes, workshops and public events around the exhibition at RAM. The award also supports a research platform that remains active throughout the period between the biennial awards.

Claire Wilson

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