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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FORTHCOMING FINE ART ASIA 2016
Fine Art Asia 2016 will be opening its doors on 2-5 October 2016, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong.
Now in its tenth year, the show has made its name as Asia's forefront art and antiques event. It is noted for showcasing not only Asian pieces, but also items from the West, spanning 5000 years, making it unique amongst other Asia-based events.
In 2015, Fine Art Asia displayed over 6500 works of art and attracted 25,800 visitors from all over the world.
This year's event will open Hong Kong's fine art season, hosting some of the world's most renowned galleries offering Asian and Western antiques, including Old Masters, Impressionist and modern art, fine jewellery, silver and timepieces, contemporary art, design and decorative art.
Two highlights from the 2016 show will be:
At Fine Art Asia 2016, Whitestone Gallery (Tokyo and Hong Kong) will present works by the members of the famous Gutai Group of artists, which was an avant-garde post-War Japanese art collective. In particular, it will showcase works by Jiro Yoshihara (1905-1972), the leader of the group, and Yuko Nasaka (b. 1938), one of the most renowned female Gutai artists. Gutai artists strived to create fresh, exhilarating artworks that looked like nothing that had ever been seen before, through an active, performance-based, artistic practice. In this environment, abstraction reigned, figuration and symbolism were abandoned, and interpretation was left open to the viewer.
An important and rare gold and enamel quarter repeating Automation watch entitled The Barking Dog, made by Piguet & Meylan in Geneva, c. 1820. This watch is unusual in terms of automata as it does not strike a gong but activates a set of bellows to mimic a dog barking. The scene depicts a dog chasing a fleeing swan; the dog’s head moves up and down as it barks the quarters and the hours. Renowned watchmakers Piguet & Meylan were celebrated for making beautiful musical movements, magician’s automation boxes and barking dog automation watches. The “Barking Dog” series of watches all have numbers lower than 300 and appear to represent the earliest type of watch produced by Piguet & Meylan. Approximately 21 “Barking Dog” watches are known to exist today. Offered by Somlo Antiques (London).