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Hong Kong Art Week: Fashion and art collide in these thought-provoking exhibitions

Art Basel Hong Kong 2018 is almost here, and art lovers all over are getting ready for a jam-packed week from the world’s biggest contemporary art galleries. Luxury brands and retailers are joining in on the action, too, as they prepare to present special collaborative works with artistic talents from around the world. Read on below for our list of exhibitions that aim to fuse the worlds of fashion and art.

‘Lady Dior as Seen by’ exhibition at Art Basel

When: 29 − 31 March

Where: Art Basel Hong Kong, Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road,
Wan Chai

Christian Dior, who was once a gallery owner selling works by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Joan Miró and Alberto Giacometti, was, without doubt, a great lover of art. Such passion continued on even after he opened his own couture house, and became the very foundation of the house’s core identity.

This year, as Art Basel‘s lounge host partner, Dior extends its vibrant dialogue with art by bringing its ‘Lady Dior as Seen by’ exhibition to Hong Kong. The exhibition involves a series of unique artistic interpretations of the house’s iconic Lady Dior bag by some of the most talented artists of today — including Alec Soth, Chen Man, Jean Baptiste Mondino, Morgane Tschiember, Ran Hwang, Choi Jeong Hwa, amongst others — and will be hosted at Art Basel Hong Kong for the duration of the show.

Henzel Studio Art Exhibition

Joyce's Henzel Studio exhibition

When: 23 March − 17 April

Where: Joyce’s Central store, 16-18 Queen’s Road Central, Central

In the lead up to Art Basel Hong Kong, Joyce taps Swedish bespoke rug specialist Henzel Studio for a special curation of limited edition hand-knotted art rugs. These beautiful rugs, which are now on showcase and available for purchase at Joyce’s Central store, are created by artist and Creative Director Calle Henzel and Joakim Andreasson, who work directly with prominent contemporary artists to translate their works onto this special medium. If you want to start with something of a smaller scale, there’s also a vibrant series of throw cushions depicting aspects of these artists’ works.

Lee Tung Avenue art-walk takeover

When: 20 March − 8 April

Where: Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai

With Keith Haring‘s iconic bold graffiti-like illustrations splashed across garments and accessories, Coach‘s Spring/Summer 2018 is all about honouring the late American artist. In celebration of the upcoming art week, the brand has taken over Lee Tung Avenue, and transformed the street into a special art walk filled with interactive and digital installations, where visitors can experience Coach’s vibrant energy and Haring’s downtown New York City vibe at the temporary tattoo station, VR booth and more. There is also a selection of Coach’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection on exhibit at the Central Piazza, which is set to be sold at a charity sale on the Lee Tung Avenue Charity Sale website later this month, with all proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation Hong Kong.

Louis Vuitton
Objets Nomades exhibition

When: 24 March − 2 April

Where: 5/F, Pedder Building, 2 Pedder Street, Central

Louis Vuitton has been keeping its long tradition of beautifully crafted travel objects alive by tapping some of the world’s most renowned designers to create awe-inspiring travel-inspired Objets. These great designs, which often consist of carefully balanced proportions and complex forms, will then be made by the house using the finest materials, meticulous craftsmanship, and close attention to detail.

The house is now bringing the collection to Hong Kong, which will be showcased within a scenography conceptualised by internationally renowned architect Andre Fu. The Hong Kong-based architect has also added a new Objet Nomade to the collection, which will be unveiled at the exhibition. All you need to do is visit this link to register for admission.

What’s more: To celebrate the arrival of the Objet Nomade exhibition, complimentary downloads of the Hong Kong City Guide under the Louis Vuitton City Guide app will be available from 20th March to 8th April 2018.

Audemars Piguet
Lounge design by Sebastian Errazuriz and photography works by Davide Quayola 

When: 29 − 31 March

Where: Art Basel Hong Kong, Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road,
Wan Chai

Partnering up with Art Basel since 2013, Audemars Piguet once again demonstrates its commitment to ingenuity and innovation by tapping Chilean-born designer Sebastian Errazuriz to design its VIP lounge based on iron ore — the natural resource essential to Vallée de Joux, also the home of Audemars Piguet. Entitled ‘Foundations,’ this year’s lounge design is the final one of the trilogy by the designer, and will travel to the three Art Basel shows in 2018. Photographic and immersive video works by London-based Italian artist Davide Quayola will also be showcased within the booth, which are all created in the Vallée de Joux village.

Lane Crawford
Pick & Mix with Craig & Karl

Lane Crawford's Art Central booth

When: 27 March − 1 April

Where: Art Central, Central Harbourfront, 9 Lung Wo Rd, Central

This year, Lane Crawford has been named as the official sponsor partner by Art Central and, as part of its ‘What is Art’ initiative, the retailer is set to bring over a large digital installation image booth for all art lovers to have some artistic fun. The booth will host an interactive game called Pick & Mix with Craig & Karl, where visitors can upload a photo of their face and create a digital masterpiece using bold, humorous and thoughtful illustrations based on the cult graphic designs of art duo Craig & Karl.

Jimmy Choo
Hand&Rose installation

When: 27 March − 1 April

Where: Art Central, Central Harbourfront, 9 Lung Wo Rd, Central

As a collaborative partner of Art Central, Jimmy Choo is joining the fair for the first time to present the debut of Hand&Rose, an esoteric art initiative imagined by Sarah Lineberger and Awol Erizku. A floral installation will be displayed to complement the brand’s latest collaboration with streetwear label Off-White, while Lineberger curates limited edition bouquets for visitors to collect daily.

Salvatore Ferragamo
Floral Invasion

When: 22 March − 2 April

Where: Shop 2057, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central

In conjunction with the launch of its floral themed SS18 collection, Salvatore Ferragamo has invited Hong Kong artist Eason Tsang Ka Wai to exhibit his Floral Fabric series at Ferragamo’s ifc boutique. The installation involves his signature process of transforming everyday objects into installations using flowers, before taking them back into graphic form using photography — inviting customers to explore the “re-manifesting” nature of photography.

Cindie Chan
Style Editor
Fashion blogger turned editor, Cindie has spent over seven years covering all things stylish in the digital world. When she’s not busy poring over the latest covetable releases or attending the most talked-about fashion events in town, you’ll find her enjoying some precious downtime with her newborn son and sweet dog Rosy.
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