KAWS: ALONG THE WAY, Curated by Germano Celant

25.03.2019 - 14.04.2019
PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, 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. The exhibition brings the most iconic works, including a rich array of design figures, paintings, sculptures, and pieces never before exhibited in Hong Kong. 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 presents a selection of 37 works, ranging from larger-than-life outdoor sculptures, to most recent paintings as well as early pieces. The exhibition takes over both indoor and outdoor spaces of PMQ, with a sizeable, 5.5-metre-tall sculpture: ALONG THE WAY (2013) 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 KEEP MOVING (2012), an 8-feet-tall pink ACCOMPLICE (2010) sculpture and two pieces from the artist’s YOU series (2017).


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.” 


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.” 


The exhibition is curated by renowned curator Germano Celant. The installation and the graphic design of the exhibition is conceived by 2×4, a multi-disciplinary global design consultancy in New York City.

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.
HOCA wants to thank HUBLOT  for their year long support of the foundation as well as SANDRO and Education Program sponsor Clifford Chance.


25 March – 14 April 2019
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 11am – 8pm
Address: PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
Admission: Free
Ticketing: https://www.ticketflap.com/KAWS

Opening Reception

25 March 2019 , 5.30 – 8PM (Artist Present)

First come first served: limited to 300

Address: The Qube, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong




About KAWS

Considered one of the most relevant artists of his generation, KAWS engages audiences beyond the museums and galleries in which he regularly exhibits. His prolific body of influential work straddles the worlds of art and design to include paintings, murals, large-scale sculptures, street art, and graphic and product design. Over the last two dec-ades KAWS has built a successful career with work that consistently shows his formal agility as an artist, as well as his underlying wit, irreverence, and affection for our times. He often draws inspiration and appropriates from pop culture animations to form a unique artistic vocabulary for his works across various mediums.
Now admired for his larger-than-life sculptures and hardedge paintings that emphasise line and colour, KAWS’ cast of hybrid cartoon and human characters are perhaps the strongest examples of his exploration of humanity. His refined graphic language revitalizes figuration with big, bold gestures and keen, playful intricacy. As seen in his collaborations with global brands, KAWS’ imagery possesses a sophisticated humour and reveals a thoughtful in-terplay with consumer products. Highly sought-after by collectors inside and outside of the art world, KAWS’ art-works, with their broad appeal, establish him as a uniquely prominent artist in today’s culture.

KAWS (b. 1974, Jersey City, New Jersey; lives and works in Brooklyn, New York) has exhibited internationally in major museums. His recent solo exhibitions include KAWS: WHERE THE END STARTS, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas (2016) which travelled to the Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2017); KAWS, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Longside Gallery, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom (2016). His work has also been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri (2017); Brooklyn Museum, New York (2015); Centro de Arte Con-temporáneo, Málaga, Spain (2014); Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas (2013); Pennsyl-vania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia (2013); and the High Art Museum, Atlanta, Georgia (2011).


About Germano Celant

Germano Celant, art historian and theoretician, is acknowledged for his theories on Arte Povera. He is Artistic and Scientific Superintendent of Fondazione Prada, Milan and Venice, and Curator of Fondazione Aldo Rossi, Milan, and Fondazione Emilio e Annabianca Vedova, Venice. He curated Arts&Foods. Rituals from 1851, the Expo 2015’s Art Pavillion at The Triennale, Milan; in 2016 he was Project Director of The Floating Piers, Christo and Jeanne-Claude work at Lago d’Iseo; in 2018 he curated the exhibition Post Zang Tumb Tuuum. Art Life Politics: Italia 1918-1943 at Fondazione Prada, Milan.


About 2×4

2×4 is a multi-disciplinary global design consultancy in New York City, founded in 1994 by Michael Rock, Susan Sellers, and Georgie Stout with intellectual and creative conviction that intelligent design can make an essential contribution to every level of cultural discourse. The focus of the studio is brand strategy and experience design for cultural and commercial clients such as Apple, Google, Nike, MTV, Prada, Kanye West, Target, Vitra, OMA/Rem Koolhaas, Fondazione Prada, Harvard Art Museum, and CCTV among many others. The work of 2×4 has been pub-lished globally and has been the subject of exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2008, 2×4 was recognized by the National Design Award in Communication Design from the Smithsonian Institution, the highest design honor in the United States.

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