Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) is delighted to partner with HUGO BOSS for the second edition of HUGO BOSS ASIA ART, Award for Emerging Asian Artists, in 2015. Following the success of its inaugural edition in 2013, the award returns with a focus on Greater China but this year it will also encompass Southeast Asia. The shortlisted artists will be announced at the end of June and their works will be shown in a group exhibition at RAM from 30 October 2015 – 3 January 2016. All artworks unveiled in the exhibition will be new commissions created for the Award.

As part of the HUGO BOSS arts program, HUGO BOSS ASIA ART is conceived and curated by the Rockbund Art Museum and carries a stipend of ¥300,000. The biannual award aims to honor emerging contemporary artists who are in the early stages of their artistic creation and exhibition practices.

Larys Frogier, RAM Director and Chair of the HUGO BOSS ASIA ART jury, elaborates on the conception of the accolade, “HUGO BOSS ASIA ART aims to develop long term and on-going examinations, combinations, confrontations between challenging topics and contexts. Indeed we consider Asia as a construction and as a question to investigate rather than a monolithic area and fixed identities. Asia is made of multi-sites to activate and to analyze in relation to its present on-going mutations, to its future development, and of course in articulation to its historical constructions.”

Artists to be considered for shortlisting will have demonstrated innovation in their artistic practice, and will have actively contributed to a discourse on present and urgent challenges of society. Candidates must be under 35 years old and originate from Greater China or Southeast Asia.

As a defining component of each edition of HUGO BOSS ASIA ART, a carefully selected jury is in charge of nominating and selecting the shortlisted artists and the final winner. In 2015, the jury sees a strong mix of both independent and institutional members who have been faithfully supporting artists or projects in Asia. It is comprised of acclaimed museum directors, curators from leading institutions in Greater China, Southeast Asia and international, as well as independent artists, curators, and critics across Southeast Asia and Greater China. Their insights into the development of the contemporary art scene in Asia today, and powerful visions into the challenges towards the future, will stimulate the Award to make greater contributions to the evolution of contemporary art in Asia.

The Award will also include on-going education and research programs through the course of the exhibition. The Award is committed to instigating long-term dialogues about the contemporary art world in Asia by examining the diverse histories and cultures across the region.