About Us - Vision and Mission:
Founded by Adrian Cheng in 2010, K11 Art Foundation Limited (‘K11 Art Foundation’ or ‘KAF’) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to fostering the development of the contemporary art scene in Greater China by creating opportunities for the production, presentation, and critical appreciation of works of art. In pursuing this mission, we focus our work on organising programmes that support emerging Chinese artists in furthering their practices with a global perspective, provide platforms for showcasing ideas, and inspire conversation around the creative process. Our exhibitions, artist residencies, and educational programmes encompass artistic genres and cultural issues that are relevant to the present, responding to the needs of artists and bringing art closer to the wider community.
At KAF, we also recognise the importance of forging partnerships with other art institutions in order to create supportive environments for cross-cultural exchange and foster exposure to experiences. We have in recent years collaborated with, among others, the Royal Academy of Arts, Serpentine Galleries, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London; Centre Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo, and Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris; Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí in Figueres; and the New Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, and MoMA PS1 in New York. The collaborative approach that we have been taking also involves curators and other art practitioners who bring in perspectives from their areas of expertise to increase the diversity of our programmes.
About the Founder:
Adrian Cheng is the art pioneer who founded the K11 Art Foundation, 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.