HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award

Li Ming, Rendering the Mind, 2017, Multi-channel HD video installation, color, sound; Installation view of “HUGO BOSS ASIA ART 2017”, Rockbund Art Museum, 2017

Li Ming wins HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award 2017

On November 23, 2017 the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) and HUGO BOSS announced the winner Li Ming (China) for the third edition of the HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award for Emerging Asian Artists today. He was chosen from a shortlist of four artists that also included Tao Hui (China), Yu Ji (China) and Robert Zhao Renhui (Singapore). Their works are on display in a group exhibition at the RAM from October 23 through February 11, 2018. 

“We sincerely congratulate Li Ming for winning the HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award 2017. It is wonderful to see how the project is providing a platform for young artists and their work,” commented Dr. Hjördis Kettenbach, Head of Cultural Affairs at HUGO BOSS. “We also wish to thank the jury and the Rockbund Art Museum for their commitment to this project.”

“With the precious contribution of the HUGO BOSS ASIA ART 2017 nominators and jury members, we are extremely proud to present the award to Li Ming from Hangzhou, China. His oeuvre constitutes one of the most meaningful and advanced contemporary visual creations that brilliantly combine media such as performance, video and sound," Larys Frogier explained.

From left to right: Jerome Bachasson, Executive Director of HUGO BOSS Greater China; Li Ming, the winner artist of HUGO BOSS ASIA ART 2017; Larys Frogier, Director of Rockbund Art Museum

Born in 1986 in Yuanjiang, China, Li Ming lives and works in Hangzhou, China. In his practice, videos and video installations play a significant role. Ming’s works usually start with an image, word, movement or atmosphere that arouses his interest and ends up in embodying his personal character of sensitivity, subtlety, intuition and humor. His interest shifts from the interaction between the camera and the viewer's consciousness to an exploration of the social contexts –- such as spaces, edges and exits – which power his artistic vision. 

Created in 2013, the HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award is reserved for emerging Asian artists while the HUGO BOSS PRIZE honors internationally notable contemporary art. The nominees present their work to a panel of experts in a high-level Group exhibition, based upon which the jury selects the winner. It is conceived and curated by the Rockbund Art Museum and carries a stipend of ¥300,000.

Recipients to date:

2017: Li Ming (China)
2015: Maria Taniguchi (Philippines)
2013: Kwan Sheung Chi (Hongkong)

On June 29, 2017, HUGO BOSS and the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) announced the finalist artists for the third edition of the HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award for Emerging Asian Artists today. The jury has selected the following artists as finalists for the HUGO BOSS ASIA ART 2017 award: Li Ming (China); Tao Hui (China); Yu Ji (China); and Robert Zhao Renhui (Singapore).

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.

Li Ming (China), Yu Ji (China), Tao Hui (China) and Robert Zhao Renhui (Singapore)

As part of the HUGO BOSS arts program, the biannual Award aims to honor emerging contemporary artists who are in the early stages of their artistic creation and exhibition practices. 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.

Recipients to date:

2015: Maria Taniguchi (Philippines)
2013: Kwan Sheung Chi (Hong Kong)

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