About K11 Art Foundation:
Founded by Adrian Cheng in 2010, the K11 Art Foundation Limited (“K11 Art Foundation” or “KAF”) is a registered not-for-profit organisation that promotes the development of the contemporary art scene in Greater China by providing support for emerging Chinese artists and taking them to the international stage. Not only does KAF nurture artistic talents, but it also serves as an incubator for professional practices of promising young curators.
KAF has forged partnerships with many prestigious art institutions for regional and international art projects. It has collaborated with, for example, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí in Figueres; Serpentine Galleries and Institute of Contemporary Arts in London; Centre Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo, and Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Armory Show, New Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, and MoMA PS1 in New York. Works of Chinese talents are showcased at exhibitions and on other occasions in Asia and other parts of the world.
The artist-in-residence programme held at the K11 art village in Wuhan, China – which has proven itself a dedicated platform for studio practices, exchanges, and connections since its establishment in 2011 – is another important undertaking of the Foundation that fulfils its mission. In order to provide guest artists from Greater China and around the globe with more resources and facilities, the village will be relocated to the first K11 Art Mall in the city in November 2017. Equipped with eight studios, exhibition spaces, and multifunction rooms for activities, it promises to, as always, spare no effort to encourage creative practices and popularise contemporary art.
Through researches, initiatives, and partnerships, KAF offers the general public a wide range of programmes, fostering the appreciation of art and culture.
About the Founder:
Adrian Cheng is the art pioneer who founded the K11 Art Foundation (KAF), a non-profit art foundation in China that incubates young contemporary artists and promotes public art education. By providing young emerging artists with a local, regional and international platform to gain greater public awareness, Adrian is the new generation to represent the contemporary Chinese art scene.
Growing up in Hong Kong, Adrian also spent numerous years in the US and graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude) honours degree. He also received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and an Honorary Fellowship from Lingnan University in 2014. His Asian and Western experiences equipped him to bridge the best of both cultures and bring a new dimension to the community and beyond.
Adrian Cheng is ranked among the ArtReview 2014 Power 100 list as one of the contemporary art world’s most influential figures. He is a Board Member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and member of the Interim Acquisition and Museum Committee, a Board Director of the National Museum of China Foundation, Director of CAFAM Funds of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Trustee of Royal Academy of Arts, Visiting Committee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Member of TATE’s Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee and Member of International Circle of Centre Pompidou.