Art Basel in Hongkong 2024 | EUROtoday

Get real time updates directly on you device, subscribe now.

Et wasn't a few years in the past that Chinese IT pioneer Jack Ma, then Asia's richest man, strolled aspect by aspect along with his compatriot Zeng Fanzhi by means of the Hong Kong department of the Art Basel artwork honest, which had simply opened for VIP prospects. Zeng's monumental portray “The Last Supper” had not too long ago set the file for the most costly portray ever auctioned by a residing Chinese artist at its public sale by Sotheby's in Hong Kong at $13 million.

A little bit later, the politically rebellious Ma clashed with China's ruling Communist Party, disappeared from public view for 2 years attributable to a secret case towards him and misplaced management of his e-commerce firm Alibaba. Zeng, whose grinning faces depicted in “The Last Supper” maintain up a mirror to a Chinese society that has develop into wealthy but additionally cynical, has now deserted the socially important type of portray and shifted to politically impartial abstraction. Hardly acknowledged by anybody, the star painter strolled by means of the newly opened Art Basel Hong Kong this yr with out his outdated acquaintance. Ma is now again in enterprise, however was not seen on the commerce honest.