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Most influential people in 2021 in the contemporary artworld

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Adrian Cheng

Collector - Hong Kong collector and founder of K11 Art Foundation, raising the profile of emerging Chinese art

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Adrian Cheng. Courtesy K11 Art Foundation

In 2008, when Cheng, now CEO of Hong Kong’s New World Development Company and a member of numerous international museum boards, created the K11 brand, people didn’t understand having art culture embedded into a commercial entity. Increasingly they do. As well as a series of shopping malls incorporating gallery spaces across Greater China, K11 organises international artist exchanges, stages and supports international exhibitions, supports China’s emerging art scenes and millennial culture more generally, creating a complete ecosystem for a new generation of artists. It’s not just about the new, however: summer saw a Georges Mathieu retrospective arrive at K11 Musea in Hong Kong, while Cheng’s latest project is a curatorial collaboration with cult fashion editor Carine Roitfeld on Savoir-Faire, which showcases traditional Chinese craftspersonship with designer fashion. Its opening celebration, K11 Night, has already been dubbed ‘the Met Gala of Asia’. And – full disclosure – ArtReview’s group show Breaking the Waves opens at K11 HACC a week later.

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