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Hong Kong Contemporary Art (HOCA) Foundation
Curated by Germano Celant
at PMQ during Hong Kong Art Month

A Comprehensive Survey Solo Exhibition by KAWS, exploring one decade of artistic practice, KAWS: ALONG THE WAY brings the most iconic works, including a rich array of design figures, paintings, sculptures, and pieces never before exhibited in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Contemporary Art (HOCA) Foundation is proud to present KAWS: ALONG THE WAY curated by Germano Celant, a major survey spanning one decade of the artist’s studio practice. Featuring works from 2008 to the present, this comprehensive solo exhibition will also include pieces that have never been presented in Hong Kong before. Curated thematically and chronologically, the survey will include some of the artist’s most iconic characters such as the CHUM and COMPANION series as well as his more recent cycle of works titled YOU. The exhibition will take place at PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, from 25 March to 14 April 2019.
As an in-depth survey of KAWS’s oeuvre, KAWS: ALONG THE WAY will display a selection of 37 works, ranging from larger-than-life outdoor sculptures, to most recent paintings as well as early pieces. The exhibition will take over both indoor and outdoor spaces of PMQ, with a sizeable, 5.5-metre-tall sculpture: ALONG THE WAY (2015) greeting visitors in the courtyard. The towering pair of COMPANION figures, with their arms around each other in a gentle embrace, are expected to bring contemporary art and design closer to the public. The exhibition will also mark the global debut of this sculpture. With joyous characters as a part of a shared visual memory, offering a mixture of bold colours, personalised iconographies and a touch of humor, other exhibition highlights will include iconic pieces such as NEW MORNING (2012), an 8-feet-tall pink ACCOMPLICE sculpture and two pieces from the artist’s YOU series.
Claire Crozel, Director, HOCA Foundation, says, “HOCA Foundation was founded in 2014 with a view of bringing art to the city and its people, taking artworks outside of a traditional gallery context and presenting contemporary art exhibitions and events across the city. ALONG THE WAY – the first such comprehensive survey of KAWS in Hong Kong – gives us a wonderful opportunity to present this prolific artist in an in-depth and yet approachable manner. Merging diverse fields of artistic and creative production, KAWS is widely known for his signature cast of cartoon-inspired figures that enjoy a broad appeal. We are thrilled to be presenting these artworks and objects alongside pieces making their debut in the city during the Art Month of Hong Kong.”
KAWS says, “I am grateful to the HOCA Foundation for hosting this solo exhibition, where I can reflect on my practice from the past decade and inviting me back to Hong Kong. It is very exciting to see so many of my works gathered in one place and representing different phases and facets of my career. I have always wanted my art to connect with people – to have this opportunity to exhibit my works in the heart of Hong Kong’s bustling centre is great.”
To complement the works showcased in the exhibition, HOCA Foundation will run an Education Program with the partner schools of St James Settlement Charity, hosting a series of artistic workshops inspired by KAWS' body of work for children to discover the exhibition with an art-inspired approach.
KAWS: ALONG THE WAY is curated by renowned curator Germano Celant and supported by Title Sponsor HUBLOT, with additional support from Supporting Sponsor SANDRO and Education Program sponsor Clifford Chance. The installation and the graphic design of the exhibition is conceived by 2x4, a a multi-disciplinary global design consultancy in New York City.

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由Germano Celant策展


香港當代藝術基金會(HOCA)隆重呈獻由Germano Celant策展的《KAWS:ALONG THE WAY》,展覽探索藝術家KAWS近十年來的創作實踐。這次個人展覽將帶來藝術家從2008年至今的創作,以及多件首次於香港亮相的作品。展覽按照時間順序與主題進行策劃,並將展出藝術家最具標誌性的角色系列作品,如《CHUM》和《COMPANION》等系列,以及最近以《YOU》爲題的角色。展覽將於3月25日至4月14日於香港中環鴨巴甸街35號PMQ元創方舉辦。
作爲對KAWS作品的一次深入的回顧,《KAWS:ALONG THE WAY》將展示37件精選作品,包括超過人身大小的巨型戶外雕塑、近期畫作和早期創作。展覽將覆蓋PMQ元創方的室内及戶外空間,於中庭設置一座5.5米高的大型雕塑《ALONG THE WAY》(2015年),迎接前來參觀的大衆;一對《COMPANION》溫柔地互相擁抱著,希望拉近大衆與當代藝術和設計的距離,這次的展陳更將成為此雕塑的全球首次展出。其他展覽亮點包括藝術家的著名作品:《NEW MORNING》(2012年)、8英尺高的粉紅色雕塑《ACCOM-PLICE》及兩件《YOU》系列創作,讓歡樂的角色激盪出一場混合著鮮明色彩以及個性化圖像的展出,呈獻充滿幽默的集體視覺回憶。
香港當代藝術基金會總監Claire Crozel表示:「香港當代藝術基金會於2014年成立,旨在促進藝術融入城市及大眾生活,將藝術在畫廊以外的空間呈現,讓當代藝術的展覽與活動擴延至城市的各個角落。《KAWS:ALONG THE WAY》是KAWS在香港首次舉辦具回顧意義的全面性個展,給予我們一個非常好的機會,以深入淺出的方法呈獻這位創作不輟的藝術家。KAWS的藝術實踐融合了藝術和創意製作中不同領域的作法,因其取材自卡通人物的角色和模型而聞名,廣泛地吸引普羅大衆的喜愛。我們很高興能夠在香港藝術月期間為觀衆帶來這些藝術品,並於這個重要時刻為香港呈現KAWS首次在城裡亮相的作品。」

《KAWS:ALONG THE WAY》由知名策展人Germano Celant策劃及HUBLOT冠名贊助,展覽獲得SANDRO鼎力支持,並由高偉紳律師事務所贊助教育計劃。是次展覽的藝術裝置及平面設計由紐約國際跨領域設計諮詢公司2x4主理構思。

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