Adrian Cheng

Hong Kong collector and head of K11 Art Foundation with a mission to raise the profile of emerging Chinese art

Coming from a high-profile business family that owns the hospitality and mall group New World Development Company and the chain of Chow Tai Fook jewellery stores ubiquitous across Hong Kong, this young billionaire is also one of the kingpins in the territory’s art scene. In 2008 he set up the K11 art mall, and two years later, K11 Art Foundation (KAF), now a major catalyst for art projects linking Greater China to the rest of the world. KAF has played ambassador and cheerleader with remarkable success. Since its inception, hundreds of events have been organised across its Hong Kong, Shanghai and Wuhan branches, and partnerships forged with international institutions such as the Palais de Tokyo and Centre Pompidou in Paris. The hunger for conversations and connections has not stopped. This year, KAF set up a New York residency for emerging Chinese artists at the New Museum, with the first recipient being Hangzhou-based film and video artist Cheng Ran.