The past two weeks have seen more records broken in international art auctions. First, auction house Christie’s sold 1,500 objects from “The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller” for US$832.6 million, the highest price paid for a single private collection. 22 records were broken in all, including prices for porcelain items, a swan decoy, and works by Picasso and Monet. A few days later, also in New York, Sotheby’s put Amedeo Modigliani’s painting “Nu couché (sur le côté gauche)” under the hammer.
Even though it did fetch a record auction price for a Modigliani, it didn’t do quite as well as some had expected. Before the sale though, Hongkongers had the chance to see the painting for themselves.
Born in Italy, Modigliani was one of the thousands of artists from all over the world, to have moved to Paris to work. The then-inexpensive districts of Montmartre and Montparnasse were particularly popular with the creative crowd. Those neighbourhoods aren’t so inexpensive now, but artists – and tourists - still flock to Paris. And to other areas of France much loved by artists. Many painters moved to more Mediterranean regions for the light and the climate. Cézanne and Van Gogh, for example, moved to Provence. Some also settled in the Riviera town of Nice.
Huang Xiaoliang uses photography to examine the dualities of past and present, reality and fantasy. To leave room for the viewer’s imagination he also likes to emphasise shadows and nightfall. Until the middle of June, the Over the Influence gallery is presenting “Nightfall”, a series of Huang’s photographs that depict a dreamlike narrative state.
At just 28, Korean violinist Bomsori Kim has won prizes in many international music competitions, first gaining attention in 2010, when she was the youngest prize winner at the 4th Sendai International Music Competition. Also a recipient of many awards is Indian-American pianist Pallavi Mahidhara. The pair have taken a combined 28 top prizes in over 14 international competitions. Last week they were in Hong Kong for a one-night concert featuring the music of Ravel, Debussy, Sibelius, Kreisler and Ysaye.
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