Asia – a changing cultural region
Since 2013, we had bestowed the HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award to artists from the region of Greater China and southeast Asia together with the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai. Fostering exchange in this region and directing attention to the lively art scene there was the objective.

Platform for young talents

The award curated by the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai had been shedding new light on Asia as a cultural region. It offered young artists the opportunity to present their work and networking across international borders. Thus, the award accounted for the dynamism in the Asian region and contributed to illustrating the diversity and differences between these regions. 

Curated by the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, the prize, which carried a stipend of CNY 300,000, was awarded every other year. A group exhibition of the nominated artists was part of the project. The jury, made up of international experts, selected the winner on the basis of this exhibition. Artistically, the range of the works shown at the Rockbund Art Museum stretched from painting through sculpture, installation, video art and performance art.

Eisa Jocson, Corponomy, 2019, Installation view of “HUGO BOSS ASIA ART 2019”, Rockbund Art Museum. Courtesy of the artist. Photo provided by Rockbund Art Museum.

Timeline of the prize winners

2017 | Li Ming

Li Ming, born in Yuanjiang, China, in 1986, lives and works in Hangzhou, China. Videos and video installations occupy an important role in his oeuvre. Ming's works mostly emerge from a single image, word, movement or mood that arouses his attention and finally is transformed into an expression of his sensitivity, subtlety, intuition and humor.

2015 | Maria Taniguchi (Philippines)

Maria Taniguchi's paintings, videos and sculptures are preoccupied with form, especially what is called the "brick wall" painting. The images challenge viewers to question their understanding of painting and sculpture, space and object. At the same time, Tanaguchi sheds light on an investment of time and work that no one notices and thus on the often-neglected value of manual labor.

2013 | Kwan Sheung Chi (Hongkong SAR China)

In his videos, texts and installations, this artist, born in Hong Kong in 1980, focuses on social and societal challenges. He does so from the perspective of the people in society in order to reflect alternative value systems, personal utopias and the role of the artist within them.

arts at a glance

Exhibitions and projects

Supporting art exhibitions in order to foster dialog on current topics in society is an integral part of our commitment. For this purpose, HUGO BOSS cooperates with renowned art museums all over the world.


The HUGO BOSS PRIZE was awarded every other year. It honored artists whose work makes a significant contribution to the further evolution of contemporary art.

Commitment to society

Art and fashion are closely intertwined. Therefore HUGO BOSS commits to efforts giving young people access to art and fostering their creativity.