HUGO BOSS ASIA ART 2017Oct 27, 2017 - Feb 11, 2018

Rockbund Art Museum (20 Huqiu Road, Huang Pu District, Shanghai)
Chair of Jury:
Larys Frogier
Jury Member:
Ute Meta Bauer, Yuko Hasegawa, Venus Lau, Adele Tan, Zhang Peili
Li Ming, Tao Hui, Yu Ji, Robert Zhao Ren Hui
HUGO BOSS, Rockbund Art Museum
  • Announcement of 2017 HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Finalist Artists

    Shanghai, China, June 29, 2017 — Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai) and HUGO BOSS are delighted to announce the finalist artists for the third edition of the HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award for Emerging Asian Artists today. After much deliberation by the jury members, the finalist artists of HUGO BOSS ASIA ART 2017 are: Li Ming (China); Tao Hui (China); Yu Ji (China); and Robert Zhao Renhui (Singapore).

    Since its establishment in 2013, the HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award has become a well-respected contemporary art award in Asia. It continuously reflects on current topics and explores the future of art in Greater China and Southeast Asia. “The HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award is a wonderful element in our Arts Sponsorship program. We are very happy to offer this platform to young talents for the third time, especially in such an important cultural context as Asia,” says Dr. Hjördis Kettenbach, Head of Cultural Affairs, HUGO BOSS AG.

    A group exhibition showcasing works of the four finalist artists will be shown at Rockbund Art Museum from Oct 27, 2017 to Jan 7, 2018, presenting newly commissioned works as well as existing works by the

    finalists. The winner of the Award will be announced in November; the Award carries a stipend of RMB 300 000.


    Exploring new opportunities of contemporary art from Greater China and Southeast Asia

    The biannual award contributes towards artistic and cultural exchanges in the broader historical and social contexts of Greater China and Southeast Asia, giving voice to emerging artists in the field of contemporary art in this region while simultaneously bridging boundaries so as to encourage inter-cultural communication.

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  • Nominators’ Recommendation

    Li Ming                 

    Li Ming’s practice touches on some of the nerves of our era. He invests a great deal of seriousness and precision in his game-like playfulness, which results in the helpless extension of boredom, resistance, powerlessness, and vitality—often up to the point of being useless. He discovers poetry in the absurd, and notices the subtle pain cast by life itself. On another extreme, he cares for the humble wisdom contributed by the individuals in their lives, though such wisdom might not help much with actual changes or even changing oneself. His works are honest to the point of being naked and false and yet still safely engages in creation within perplexing dilemmas.


    Video plays a significant role in Li Ming’s practice. The use of temporality, I believe, has nothing to do with the essential nature of the medium itself, but rather is an inevitable consequence, since meaning is created in the “record of performance” that are long (but in fact not too long). Occasionally, he also participates in his own performances; through the artist’s or others’ performances and actions, viewers discover their own loss, and are reminded of their own powerlessness and painlessness. I reckon honesty and sincerity are an important criterion for artists; yet, the key could lie in how to be honest and sincere.

    —Lee Kit, artist, based in Hong Kong and Taipei

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  • Rockbund Art Museum and HUGO BOSS Announces the 2017 Edition of HUGO BOSS ASIA ART

    Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) and HUGO BOSS are honored to announce the initiation of the 2017 HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award for Emerging Asian Artists. Following the success of two past editions in 2013 and 2015, the Award continues its exploration into the future of arts in Greater China and Southeast Asia.



    Since its inception in 2012, HUGO BOSS ASIA ART has developed a platform for showcasing emerging talents throughout Asia. With the biannual award, a group exhibition for the finalists, and an on-going research and education program, this platform continues to provide a voice to the finest and rising stars of the contemporary Asian art scene, while continuing to foster a cross-cultural understanding that transcends borders.


    For the 2017 edition a group of twelve influential members of the contemporary Greater China and Southeast Asia art scene, including independent curators, artists, and leading cultural institutions, were invited to put forward artists for this Award. The final list of artists, and subsequently the winner of the Award, will then be selected by the established jury, chaired by RAM Director Larys Frogier.


    “We are excited to announce the third edition of the HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award together with the Rockbund Art Museum today,” said Marc Le Mat, Hugo Boss Greater China Managing Director, in the course of Art Basel Hong Kong. “After the success of the preceding editions we are looking forward to once again celebrating promising artists from Greater China and Southeast Asia, who are at the early stages of their artistic career”.

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  • HUGO BOSS ASIA ART 2017 About Jury and Nominator

    Larys Frogier, Director, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai and Chair of the HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Jury

    Members of 2017 HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Jury

    Ute Meta Bauer, Founding Director, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore

    Yuko Hasegawa, Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

    Venus Lau, Artistic Director, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT), Shenzhen, China

    Adele Tan, Curator, National Art Gallery, Singapore

    Zhang Peili, Artist, Hangzhou, China


    Nominators of 2017 HUGO BOSS ASIA ART


    Zoe Butt, Artistic Director, The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, based in Ho Chi Minh City

    Meiya Cheng, independent curator, Co-founder of Taipei Contemporary Art Center (TCAC), based in Taipei

    Joselina Cruz, Director and Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), based in 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, based in Singapore

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  • About Rockbund Art Museum

    For over seven years Rockbund Art Museum has been at the forefront of the growing contemporary art scene in China, presenting world-class programs in a unique museum setting. A boutique Museum of the utmost quality, RAM holds a unique position within Shanghai’s continually expanding cultural scene. The Museum is located within the Bund district and housed in an exquisite heritage Art Deco building, which was renovated by architect David Chipperfield before opening in 2010.

    The museum’s exemplary curatorial, education and research programs showcase acclaimed and emerging Chinese and international artists, responding to and reflecting on present and urgent challenges of society locally and internationally. RAM presents a bold and pioneering program of three exhibitions and a special project “RAM HIGHLIGHT” per year, exploring and realizing artists’ most ambitious projects and working with them to tailor exhibitions to the Museum and to the Shanghai context, often with a large proportion of works being new commissions. RAM devises, produces and curates its program in-house, in conjunction with carefully selected international collaborations of the highest quality. 

  • HUGO BOSS Global Arts Program

    Contemporary art is an integral part of the HUGO BOSS corporate culture. In conjunction with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum the Group established the HUGO BOSS Prize in 1996 which has evolved into an internationally renowned art award. The prize was complemented by the HUGO BOSS Asia Art Award in 2013, focusing on upcoming Asian artists.

    HUGO BOSS has also been supported numerous international exhibitions of contemporary art. To date, these have presented works by Ross Bleckner (1995), Georg Baselitz (1995 and 1996), Dennis Hopper (2001), James Rosenquist (2003), Olafur Eliasson (2005) and Josephine Meckseper (2007). In 2012 HUGO BOSS sponsored the very first solo exhibition of Jeff Koons. Since 2014 the Group has started a special partnership with the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, supporting exhibitions like “Konstantin Grcic Panorama” (2014) and in 2015/2016 “The Bauhaus #itsalldesign.”

  • About HUGO BOSS

    The HUGO BOSS Group is one of the leading companies in the upper premium segment of the apparel market that focuses on the development and marketing of premium fashion and accessories for men and women. The product portfolio offers menswear, womenswear, as well as licensed fragrances, eyewear, watches, children‘s fashion, home textiles and writing instruments.

    Further information on HUGO BOSS can be found on our website at



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