Yayoi Kusama's "Pumpkin", (1995), acrylic on canvas, 112.3 x 145.8 cm, estimated price starts at about 160 million yuan, and the auction proceeds will be donated to the Clarinda Carnegie Museum of Art in Iowa, USA.

(Photographed by reporter Tu Yingru)

[Reporter Tu Yingru/Hong Kong Report] In late March, Hong Kong reappeared the pre-pandemic art scene. Global art lovers and collectors are participating in large-scale art events such as Art Basel Hong Kong Exhibition and M+ Exhibition. The most anticipated event is the official opening of the new Asian headquarters of internationally renowned auction house Phillips in the West Kowloon Cultural District, kicking off with the Spring Auction of "20th Century and Contemporary Art" and a series of previews.

The exterior of Phillips' new Asian headquarters in Hong Kong's West Kowloon Cultural District.

(Provided by Phillips)

Chen Zunwen, Chairman of Phillips' 20th Century and Contemporary Art Department in Asia, mentioned that this year is the 8th year that Phillips has entered the Asian market. With the expansion of business, Phillips' new Asian headquarters in Hong Kong's West Kowloon Cultural District opened. It is the first international auction house in Hong Kong with a dedicated exhibition space and auction hall.

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Chen Zunwen, Chairman of Phillips 20th Century and Contemporary Art Asia.

(Photographed by reporter Tu Yingru)

The new headquarters of Phillips Asia is located in the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority Building designed by the internationally renowned architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron. Ping), the interior design is done by the famous Hong Kong architectural firm LAAB Architects, including multi-purpose spaces such as exhibition space, auction hall, office and VIP room, and the coffee shop will also be planned to open to the public in the future.

Wang Junjie <Road>, (2018), oil on canvas, 178 x 152.4 cm, estimated at nearly 100 million yuan.

(Photographed by reporter Tu Yingru)

With the opening of the new headquarters, Phillips exhibited the highlights of the Hong Kong Spring Auction in the new space. In addition to the previously announced heavyweight work "Looking for Treasure" created by Yoshitomo Nara in 1995, Yayoi Kusama's canvas works "Pumpkin", " Points of Infinity (HTI)> and other heavyweight lots, and the work "Road" by the late Canadian Chinese artist Wang Junjie can be seen, which debuted at the auction.

The 2023 Hong Kong Spring Auctions will be held on March 30 in the "Twentieth Century and Contemporary Art Evening Auction". There will also be auctions of jewellery, watches and clocks. For details, please visit Phillips' official website.

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