Contemporary Showcase: Kawaii Pop

3 Days Until Bidding Opens

3 Days Until Bidding Opens

3 Days Until Bidding Opens

11 May 2021 • 10:00 HKT • Hong Kong

Contemporary Showcase: Kawaii Pop

Contemporary Showcase: Kawaii Pop

Contemporary Showcase: Kawaii Pop

3 Days Until Bidding Opens

3 Days Until Bidding Opens

3 Days Until Bidding Opens

11 May 2021 • 10:00 HKT • Hong Kong

Contemporary Showcase: Kawaii Pop explores the concept of “cuteness” from its roots as a subculture aesthetic to a global phenomenon of contemporary culture. Works by pioneering artists such as Yoshimoto Nara and Takashi Murakami shed light on kawaii culture either through a nostalgic reimagining of childhood fantasy or with a pop-infused satire of today’s hyper-consumer realm. Such journeys into whimsy and folklore, kaleidoscopic colors, and quirky glimpses into the subconsciousness are a form of escape from the realities of everyday life while at the same time serving as defiant commentary against social pressures. The global influence of kawaii pop recurs in the works of contemporary darlings outside of Japan, including Katherine Bernhardt, Jonas Wood, Joan Cornella and Kasing Lung. It also permeates through the works of younger artists such as Javier Calleja, Edgar Plans, Okokume and Super Future Kid, each artist synthesising Japanese and Western popular culture with their own signature aesthetic. The full selection of works from Sotheby’s Contemporary Showcase: Kawaii Pop will be offered at auction online 11-18 May.


「Contemporary Showcase: Kawaii Pop」網上拍賣紛呈琳瑯拍品,並藉此探討「卡哇伊」(日語kawaii,意為可愛)此一概念如何從次文化的美學土壤中破土而出,茁壯成長為風靡全球的當代文化潮流。奈良美智以懷舊心境演繹童年幻想,村上隆則以帶有普普風格的手法諷刺過度消費的現今社會,這些前輩藝術家的作品都為「卡哇伊」文化畫上繽紛的一筆。沉浸在遐思妙想和奇幻傳說中,追求萬花筒般的迷離色彩,窺探趣怪的潛意識,是人類逃離繁囂現實的途徑,同時也是對社會壓力的反抗。除了日本藝術家,「卡哇伊」普普元素也在凱薩琳・伯恩哈特、喬納斯・伍德、霍安・科內拉、龍家昇等當代藝術家筆下再度萌發。可愛風潮也蔓延到哈維爾・卡勒加、埃德加・普蘭斯、Okokume、Super Future Kid等新一輩年輕藝術家的作品中,他們以各自的標誌性風格,將日本與西方流行文化共冶一爐。本次網上拍賣將於5月11日至18日開放競投。


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For all enquiries please contact:


Yuki Terase | YUKI.TERASE@SOTHEBYS.COM | +852 2822 9012

Senior Director, Head of Contemporary Art, Asia


Michele Chan | MICHELE.CHAN@SOTHEBYS.COM | +852 2822 5510

Deputy Director, Head of Research, Contemporary Art


Shea Lam | SHEA.LAM@SOTHEBYS.COM | +852 2822 8134

Deputy Director, Specialist, Contemporary Art


Heather Kim | HEATHER.KIM@SOTHEBYS.COM | +852 2822 8138

Specialist, Contemporary Art


Florence Ho | FLORENCE.HO@SOTHEBYS.COM | +852 2822 9007

Specialist, Contemporary Art


Fiona Leung | FIONA.LEUNG@SOTHEBYS.COM | +852 2822 5591

Junior Specialist / Cataloguer, Contemporary Art


Debby Yip | DEBBY.YIP@SOTHEBYS.COM | +852 2822 8148

Junior Specialist, Contemporary Art


Please note that as of August 1st 2020, Overhead Premium, a fee payable by all auction buyers in our global salerooms and online sales, will be charged at 1% of the hammer price plus any applicable local taxes. It is an allocation of the overhead costs relating to our facilities, property handling and other administrative expenses. This fee and our Buyer’s Premium rates exclude local taxes and any applicable artist’s resale right.


從2020年8月1日起,蘇富比的全球拍賣及所有網上拍賣將向買家加收營運附加費,本費用將按落槌價的1%及加上任何適用地方稅項收取。營運附加費涵蓋與設施、物品處理及其他行政費用相關的營運開支。本費用與買家酬金不包括地方稅項及任何適用之藝術家轉售權費用。

Sale number

HK1114