THOUSANDS VISIT SOTHEBY’S GARDENS OF PLEASURE The First-Ever Dedicated Exhibition Of Ancient Chinese Erotic Art In Hong Kong
LAST CHANCE - ONLY 8 DAYS LEFT Critically Acclaimed Exhibition Closes On 3 May 2014 At Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery
THOUSANDS VISIT SOTHEBY’S
'GARDENS OF PLEASURE'
The First-Ever Dedicated Exhibition Of
Ancient Chinese Erotic Art In Hong Kong
LAST CHANCE - ONLY 8 DAYS LEFT
Critically Acclaimed Exhibition Closes On 3 May 2014
At Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery
Sotheby’s Hong Kong is thrilled to announce record-breaking attendance at the first-ever dedicated exhibition of ancient Chinese erotic art in Hong Kong. Since its opening on 16 April, Gardens of Pleasure: Sex in Ancient China has attracted thousands of visitors to the Company’s Hong Kong gallery in one week, confirming the cultural significance of this groundbreaking curatorial success. In response to the overwhelming public interests, the exhibition will remain open on the forthcoming public holiday on 1 May before closing on 3 May.
Part of the esteemed collection from the Dutch collector, scholar and artist, Ferdinand M. Bertholet, Gardens of Pleasure offers a rare glimpse into the world’s largest and finest collection of erotic art, a legendary private assemblage ranging from alluring album paintings to provocative porcelain figures, bronze mirrors and phalluses. More than 100 pieces of astounding works of art dating from the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) to the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911 AD) are currently on view, offering the audience an unparallelled view into an exceptional story of sex in the ancient Middle Kingdom.
Monday - Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday (26 April, 3 May): 11am – 5pm
1 May: 1pm – 5pm
Closed on 27 April, Sunday
Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery
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Enquiries: +852 2822 5566
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*Please note that due to the explicit nature of some images, this exhibition is suitable only for adults aged 18 and above and may offend.
I) ABOUT THE FERDINAND M. BERTHOLET COLLECTION More than 30 years ago Ferdinand Bertholet discovered his first Chinese erotic album on display in an antique shop on Hollywood Road, Hong Kong. He was deeply impressed by the beauty of the illustrations: their decorative power, exquisite deployment of colour, and harmonious balance rapidly had a direct impact on his own paintings.
Over the years Bertholet managed to acquire a large variety of fine paintings, scrolls and objects, among which the absolute highlight of all times in this field; the famous set of eight Kangxi paintings from the former C.T. Loo collection. C.T. Loo's admiration for Chinese erotic art inspired Bertholet to produce the following publications: Dreams of Spring (1997), Gardens of Pleasure (2003), and Concubines and Courtesans (2010).
In the meantime the collection gained international renownal, and the most important parts of it were exhibited at the Rietberg Museum in Zürich (2002), the Cernuschi Museum in Paris (2006), The Barbican Art Gallery in London (2007), The Museum of Asian Arts in Berlin (2011), The British Museum (2014), the Berkeley Art Museum (2014), amongst many other world class institutions.
II) ABOUT SOTHEBY’S HONG KONG GALLERY Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery has enabled the Company to significantly expand its business in Asia beyond its traditional twice-annual auction series in April and October, offering a variety of exciting events throughout the year. Since its inauguration in May 2012, the Gallery has been home to selling exhibitions and non-selling exhibitions including Modern Masters, Age of Elegance – European Paintings, Furniture and Works of Art from the 19th Century, New Ink - An Exhibition Of Ink Art By Post 1970 Artists From The Yiqingzhai Collection, Beyond The Paper Screen – An Exhibition of Japanese Erotic Prints from The Uragami Collection, From Warhol, With Love - A Selling Exhibition Of Andy Warhol Works, The Eternal Spring - A Selling Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramics by Caroline Cheng, The Odyssey of a Master : Chao Chung-hsiang - A Selling Exhibition as well as auctions such as Boundless: Contemporary Art and Magnificent Bordeaux from a European Cellar, The Mei Yun Tang Collection Of Paintings By Chang Dai-Chien“A Master’s Secrets Unveiled”, Snuff Bottles From The Mary And George Bloch Collection and Fine Timepieces and Jewels. All these initiatives demonstrate Sotheby’s commitment to catering to the diversifying interest of collectors in Asia.