Mapping Modernities

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Open: Mon-Fri 9.30am-6pm

5/F One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Open: Mon-Fri 9.30am-6pm


Mapping Modernities

Auction: Tue 14 Dec 2021


- Mon 13 Dec 2021

5/F One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Mapping Modernities

Mon-Fri 9.30am-6pm


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.










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For assistance with bidding and registration, please contact:

+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


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