Adrian Cheng

Hong Kong collector and head of K11 Art Foundation, raising the profile of emerging Chinese art

Cheng’s K11 Foundation has become the go-to partner for institutions interested in capturing millennial culture (Cheng was, after all, the man who launched a new investment fund this year targeting youth-focused brands that might develop in China, including the Paddle8 online auction house) as well as East–West exchange. Alongside exhibitions at the spaces located in K11’s ‘art malls’, the foundation continues its partnership with a number of Western institutions. In March, After Us, a group show exploring gaming and chat apps through work by the likes of Jon Rafman, Cécile B. Evans and Chen Zhou, programmed in collaboration with the New Museum, took over Cheng’s Shanghai space; in March MoMA PS1 used a K11 temporary gallery in Hong Kong to investigate ‘regional differences within the digital ecosystem’ via .com/.cn. And, as a disclosure of interest, K11 were natural partners for ArtReview’s longstanding Future Greats project, getting onboard this year.