Mapping Modernities

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Mapping Modernities

Hong Kong

Mapping Modernities
Auction: Tue 14 Dec 2021
Exhibition: - Mon 13 Dec 2021
By Appointment

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Mapping Modernities charts the trajectories of artists who both physically and artistically traversed the globe throughout the 20th century. Indeed, a map does not just chart, or guide one’s journeys – it unlocks and formulates meaning, forming bridges between disparate ideas that we did not know were previous connected.

 

This curated auction showcases how artists migrated from East to West and vice versa; how traditions from the Orient informed and transformed avante-garde ideas in Europe and North America, and likewise how artists from throughout Asia redefined modernity in light of external influences. Such journeys are rarely linear or simple, Sotheby’s Mapping Modernities curates works that delves into the complexities and wonders of such explorations.

 

Leading the sale is a magnificent work by Zao-Wou Ki, 25.09.60 hailing from a golden era that witnessed the launch of the Hurricane Period, Zao’s most significant period of maturity and originality. Conveying an abstract scene of otherworldly charm, this masterpiece exemplifies Zao Wou-Ki’s experimental fusion of Western oil painting and Eastern aesthetic doctrine.

 

Following Sotheby’s historical sale of Mai Trung Thu’s Portrait de Mademoiselle Phuong which set a new record for any Vietnamese artwork at auction, the Modern Art, Asia team is proud to present Memory and Modernity: Mai Trung Thu Paintings from an Important Private European Collection. The auction will feature the works of abstract masters such as Fernando Zobel and Georges Mathieu as well.

 

綜觀整個二十世紀,全球各地的藝術家四出遊歷,彼此交流,他們在現實世界中留下足跡,同時在藝術版圖中烙下思想火花碰撞的印記。本次拍賣會以「現代紀」為題,為上世紀的藝壇繪製一卷波瀾壯闊的百年地圖。地圖本來用作記錄山川水文,或者為旅人指路;除此之外還能發揮引導作用,發掘全新的文化內涵,在世人都認為是河水不犯井水的思想體系之間搭建溝通橋樑。

 

本次拍賣會反映了東、西方藝術家昔日的往來,窺探遙遠東方國度的傳統如何影響並改變歐美藝術的前衛思想,以及亞洲藝術家面對西學東漸時,如何重新定義作品的現代性。這種雙向影響很難透過一條時間線簡單呈現,蘇富比透過本次拍賣,深入探討這段複雜的歷史,並從中掇菁擷趣,以饕藏家所求。

 

領銜拍品當屬趙無極的《25.09.60》,這幅出自藝術家黃金時期的傑構見證了「狂草時期」的誕生,開展其創作生涯裡充滿原創精神的成熟篇章。趙無極嘗試結合西方油畫技巧與東方美學,淬煉出別樹一幟的抽象風格,此畫正是箇中典例。

 

繼枚中栨(梅忠恕)名畫《芳小姐的肖像》刷新越南藝術品的拍賣紀錄後,蘇富比現代藝術部亞洲區團隊再接再厲,在本次拍賣會誠獻一組重要歐洲私人收藏的枚氏精品,冀望延續佳績。同場並呈費南度・索培爾及喬治・馬修等抽象大師佳作,滿堂生色。

 

*If you wish to register for in-room bidding, please send your request to paddle.hongkong@sothebys.com. Seats are limited due to social distancing measures and will be only allocated to registered clients who have received the confirmation email from Sotheby’s. Allocation is on a first-come-first served basis.

 

*如有意親參與現場拍賣,請電郵至paddle.hongkong@sothebys.com預留座席。 由於社交距離限制,現場座席有限,因此只會預留給收到蘇富比確認電郵之已登記客人及將會以先到先得形式分配。

 

For assistance with bidding and registration, please contact:

enquiries@sothebys.com

+852 2524 8121

 

For all enquiries please contact:

 

Felix Kwok | FELIX.KWOK@SOTHEBYS.COM | +852 2822 8195

Director, Head of Department, Modern Art, Asia

 

Joyce Chan | JOYCE.CHAN@SOTHEBYS.COM | +852 2822 5537

Director, Senior Specialist & Business Development Director, Modern Art, Asia

 

Jestina Tang | JESTINA.TANG@SOTHEBYS.COM | +852 2822 8197

Junior Specialist, Modern Art, Asia

 

Ziwei Yi | ZIWEI.YI@SOTHEBYS.COM | +852 2822 5542

Cataloguer, Modern Art, Asia

 

Gabe Chan | GABE.CHAN@SOTHEBYS.COM | +852 2822 5517

Cataloguer, Modern Art, Asia

 

Rishika Assomull | RISHIKA.ASSOMULL@SOTHEBYS.COM | +852 2822 5544

Deputy Director, Specialist, Modern Art, Asia

 

Michelle Yaw | MICHELLE.YAW@SOTHEBYS.COM | +65 6732 8239

Deputy Director, Specialist, Modern Art, Asia

 

Please note that as of August 1st 2020, Overhead Premium, a fee payable by all auction buyers in our global salerooms and online sales, will be charged at 1% of the hammer price plus any applicable local taxes. It is an allocation of the overhead costs relating to our facilities, property handling and other administrative expenses. This fee and our Buyer’s Premium rates exclude local taxes and any applicable artist’s resale right.

 

從2020年8月1日起,蘇富比的全球拍賣及所有網上拍賣將向買家加收營運附加費,本費用將按落槌價的1%及加上任何適用地方稅項收取。營運附加費涵蓋與設施、物品處理及其他行政費用相關的營運開支。本費用與買家酬金不包括地方稅項及任何適用之藝術家轉售權費用。

 

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Selected Lots

  • Mai Trung Thu 枚中栨 (梅忠恕) Nature morte 靜物

    Mai Trung Thu
    Mai Trung Thu 枚中栨 (梅忠恕) Nature morte 靜物

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  • Mai Trung Thu 枚中栨(梅忠恕)Jeune femme couchée 橫臥仕女

    Mai Trung Thu
    Mai Trung Thu 枚中栨(梅忠恕)Jeune femme couchée 橫臥仕女

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  • Mai Trung Thu 枚中栨(梅忠恕)Femme au chapeau conique le long de la rivière 河邊的斗笠仕女

    Mai Trung Thu
    Mai Trung Thu 枚中栨(梅忠恕)Femme au chapeau conique le long de la rivière 河邊的斗笠仕女

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  • Mai Trung Thu 枚中栨 (梅忠恕) Mélodie  旋律

    Mai Trung Thu
    Mai Trung Thu 枚中栨 (梅忠恕) Mélodie 旋律

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  • Georges Mathieu 喬治・馬修 Chabris  沙布里

    Georges Mathieu
    Georges Mathieu 喬治・馬修 Chabris 沙布里

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  • Zao Wou-Ki 趙無極  25.09.60

    Zao Wou-Ki
    Zao Wou-Ki 趙無極 25.09.60

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  • Fernando Zóbel  費南度·索培爾  Sol y tractor II 太陽與曳引機II

    Fernando Zóbel
    Fernando Zóbel 費南度·索培爾 Sol y tractor II 太陽與曳引機II

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  • Jose Joya 荷西·荷雅  Untitled (triptych)  無題(三聯屏)

    Jose Joya
    Jose Joya 荷西·荷雅 Untitled (triptych) 無題(三聯屏)

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