Audemars Piguet’s Fifth Art Commission Features Hong Kong Artist


Audemars Piguet’s link with the arts, whether in music, fashion or contemporary images; and, as a proud global associate partner of Art Basel since 2013 – is well demonstrated. It’s a well-refined connection, given that the art of watchmaking is a maker’s craft.

An initiative launched in 2014, the Audemars Piguet Art Commission is an annual competition that elevates an artist not yet internationally recognized to the world stage, with final exhibitions coinciding each year with Art Basel. To mark the occasion of the fifth edition of Audemars Piguet Art Commission – the first to be presented in Asia – Hong Kong artist Phoebe Hui and guest curator Ying Kwok have been selected as this year’s laureates.

Each edition of the Audemars Piguet Art Commission presents installation works that ruminate on technological prowess; the 2018 commission, for example, draws raw data generated by the ATLAS experiment. The 2014 inaugural commission saw wind-propelled “Strandbeests” roaming Miami Beach.

Hui’s “The Moon Leaves Us” is no exception.

The Moon has fascinated Hui since childhood. We often hear of the sun burning; imploding, but almost never the fate of the Moon. The Moon, in fact, is moving away from the Earth. Slowly. Regularly. Surely. As part of his research for “The Moon is Leaving Us,” Hui interviewed scientists and astronauts, captivated by the idea that despite scientific advances by leaps and bounds over the years, we can only see the Moon in tapered sections; never all.


“The moon leaves us” is a poetic and introspective interpretation of an inevitable scientific fact; both personal — and at the same time universal. Literally. At least in our section of the Milky Way.

To see “The Moon Leaves Us” – in broad daylight, no less – visit Tai Kwun, Heritage and Arts Center from April 23. This exhibition will remain during a full moon cycle (see: one month), on view until Art Basel Hong Kong 2021, May 19-23.


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