Asia’s leading international art fair presenting a unique combination of Art and Antiques

3-7 October 2011, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center

FINE ART ASIA 2011 is unique, the only fair in Asia presenting a combination of Fine Art and Antiques. This year FINE ART ASIA 2011 will present its strongest ever international line-up, with 100 renowned, selected dealers from Asia, Europe and the USA.

Now in its 7th edition, FINE ART ASIA 2011 has grown in size and stature, with more participation by leading international galleries and a high level of quality of exhibits never seen before under the same roof in Hong Kong or anywhere in Asia. More than 5,000 works of art will be exhibited, with a total value of over HK$2 billion. This indicates a significant turning point in the appreciation of Western and Oriental fine art among many informed collectors in Asia.

The fair will showcase Asian and Western Art and Antiques, Fine Art Jewellery and Silver, and Modern and Contemporary Art. The outstanding array of museum-quality exhibits ranges from ancient Chinese bronzes and stone wares, Himalayan bronzes, Chinese ceramics and works of art, furniture, textiles and jades, to fine art jewellery, antique silver and exceptional Old Masters, Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary paintings and sculpture from both Asia and the West.

Impressionism and Modern Art

Robert Bowman Gallery, London, will present works by the great French sculptor, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). Rodin combined Michelangelo’s mastery of the human form with his own sense of human nature, and expressed emotion through art.

Eternal Spring (1884), in which two young nude figures meet in a passionate kiss, is a celebration of love which evokes immense emotional force and vitality. The sculpture is often associated with Rodin’s relationship with the sculptor Camille Claudel and displays a wonderfully sensuous quality of carving.

Gladwell & Company, London, will display a stunning selection of Impressionist and Modern paintings, including works by Pissarro, Sisley, Monet, Renoir, Picasso and Dali.
Five important works by Claude Monet (1840-1926) are showing his passion for the sea.

  Eglise de Varengeville, effet matinal (Varengeville Church, morning effect)

Le chemin de halage a Granville
    (Hauling way of Granville)

 Belle-Ile (Beautiful Island)

Waterhouse & Dodd, London and New York, will present an exhibition of outstanding masterpieces of Impressionist and Modern. Feuille d’etudes by Picasso, black chalk and coloured crayon on paper, is an early example of the master’s genius from 1901; while Deux baigneuses is an important example of Picasso’s neo-classical ink drawings from the 1920s.

After a decade of Cubism and its introverted thinking on the process of painting, Picasso wanted to return to a more romantic approach to art. This was a period of contentment in his life: he had recently married Olga Khokhlova and was starting to enjoy high society both on the Riviera and in Paris. This is reflected in Deux baigneuses which exudes calm, sensuality and the timelessness typical of Picasso in the 1920s.

Fine art jewellery

Siegelson, New York, will present fine and precious jewellery including The Vanderbilt Rose, a diamond brooch by Theodore Fester, Paris, circa 1855. Fester, one of the few jewellers entrusted to create the crown jewels for Napoleon III, selected the rose not only for its beauty but also for its symbolism of love.

Lucas Rarities, London specialises in jewellery from the Art Deco era and will be displaying a variety of pieces from designers including Verdura, Cartier, Boucheron, Belperron and Boivin, as well as a collection from Hollywood celebrity designer Paul Flato and one-time fiance of Coco Chanel, Paul Iribe.

Paul Iribe pieces are a stunning sapphire and pearl turban brooch which dates back to 1911 and incorporates a large carved Mughal emerald, and a diamond starburst brooch that he designed in 1932.Paul Iribe was a pioneer of the Art Deco movement and introduced Art Deco to America in the early 1900s. He and Coco Chanel were collaborators in their personal and professional lives and each piece paints a very interesting story.

Antique Silver

Koopman Rare Art, London is one of the world’s foremost dealers in fine and top quality antique silver, dealing in silver from circa 1500 to the present day. The gallery has built up some of the most important private collections of silver including the famous Mahdi AlTajir Collection and has worked closely with leading museums worldwide. 

A star exhibit will be an impressive George IV presentation vase, silver-gilt, London 1822 by the great English silversmith Philip Rundell (1746-1827), presented to Sir Henry Russell (1783-1852) 2nd Baronet in gratitude for his service in India. The sculptor Sir Henry Chantrey chose a design from Piranesi for the form of the vase; while the motifs of a tiger, elephant’s heads and a serpent tell the story that led to its presentation.

Asian and western Antiques
Mallett, London specializes in the finest furniture and works of art, including pictures, clocks and other high quality objets d'art, primarily from the 18th century and Regency periods. Mallett is exhibiting in Hong Kong for the first time and will showcase The Cannons Armchairs, a highly important and historic pair of George I gilt gesso open armchairs of grand proportions, made in circa 1716 for the Chapel at Cannons, in Middlesex.

Rossi and Rossi, London has exhibited at FINE ART ASIA since 2006, presenting the finest antique works of art from the Himalayan region. A highlight this year is an Eleven-Headed Avalokitesvara, Tibet, c. 1400 AD, bronze with gilding and semi-precious stones, standing 130 cm tall. This cosmic form of Avalokitesvara with eleven towering heads and a fan of arms is strongly emblematic of Tibet. The topmost head of the statue represents Buddha Amitabha, the spiritual progenitor of the bodhisattva.

The ten heads below symbolize the steps on the path to enlightenment of the Buddha, and the principal hands held before the heart symbolically protect the ratna jewel of this enlightened state. This is one of the largest recorded early Tibetan bronzes of this iconic form of the deity. The statue has a mesmerizing effect with the piercing gaze of the silver eyes.

Romania at Art Moscow

For the first time, Romania is present at the most important contemporary art fair from the Eastern Europe. Anca Poteraşu Gallery is the only Romanian gallery invited to participate at Art Moscow. On Russian market will be promoted the works of Romanian artists: Florin Mitroi, Suzana Dan, Zoltan Bela and Donald Simionoiu.

Florin Mitroi, "Portrait", 1995, oil on canvas, 61x46cm

Florin Mitroi, "Sign", 1990, oil on canvas, 65x50cm

Florin Mitroi, "Figure", 1997, oil on tin sheet, 97x40cm
Suzana Dan, "Black Maria", 2009, acrylic on canvas, 100x120cm

Suzana Dan, "Miracle Mike", 2009, acrylic on canvas, 120x100cm

Suzana Dan, "The possible boy", acrylic on canvas, 120x100cm
Zoltan Bela, "Cast shadow on flat surface", 2010, oil on canvas, 50x80cm

Zoltan Bela, "Breathtaking", 2010, oil on canvas, 85x95cm

Zoltan Bela, "Dad just passed by", 2010, oil on canvas, 85x95cm
Donald Simionoiu, Untitled, 2006, oil on canvas, 100x120xm

Donald Simionoiu, Untitled, 2009, oil on canvas, 70x110xm

Donald Simionoiu, Untitled, 2006, oil on canvas, 90x70xm

        The 15th International Art Fair - Art Moscow will be opened between 21st and 25th of September 2011 and is considered one of the most important events from Russia and is internationally recognized not only through the participation of famous artists, but for the important money spent by the art lovers. Roman Abramovici established a world wide record at this Fair in the past years when he bought an art work with 33.6 millions USD.
        The main aim of the Fair is to develop and promote art and to create a space for artists where they can exhibit. More then this, the organizers intend to make people understand the economic value of art. Since its first edition in 1995 and until now, the event was a success having as participants artists from all over the world: Russia, Italy, Germany, France, Netherlands, Austria, Hungary, Latvia, Sweden, United States of America, Finland, Serbia.

George Enescu, violin art titan

"The history begings all over there, in the Moldave plain..."

The native house of George Enescu from Liveni (now Botoşani
county) where he was born on 19th of August 1881

With his parents, Costache and Maria Enescu. From their eight
children, he is the last born and at the same time the only one alive

One of little George's drawings

Enescu at 5 years old

"Hora Sinaia", one of is first compositions (1887)

Peasant hora (round) at Caracalia, one of Enescu's
childhood villages, where he often had the occasion to listen
to sons performed by the fiddlers as well as popular songs

At 8 years, a Conservatoire student

Richard Wagner

Johannes Brahms

Robert Fuchs

Finishing his studies at the Paris Conservatory, he obtains "Premiere Prix de violin " (August 2, 1899)

The young musician becomes member of the French Composers Society (April 10, 1902)

Manuscript page of the symphonic suite Romanian Poem (1897), played in premiere in Paris (1899)

With Pablo Casals and the professional singer Marie Gai
(Bordeaux, 1904)

George Enescu at 25 years old

A group of talented coleagues, whom George Enescu had a closed friendship with:

Maurice Ravel

Jacques Thibaud

Florent Schmitt

Alfred Cortot

1946 autograph, with the 3rd Symphony debut (1919-1921)

Guest composer-conductors at Carnegie Hall, New York
in 1936, with Igor Stravinsky and Carlos Chavez

His violin and wand virtuoso tours took Enescu to lots
of countries. He played many times in the States,
where he was always welcomed enthusiastically by the public
and the music professionals. The Philadelphia Symphonic orchestra offered him an autographed picture of its members (1923).
Leading them and The New York orchestra too, he plays later (february 1939) two concerts of Romanian music, those programs containing his countrymen's works, he adds the premiere of the
 3rd Suite for orchestra.
"Let's thank heavens for this god of music... George Enescu.
Let's thank Romania for sending him to brighten our lives"
(The President of "The Bohemians" society, New York, 1947)

Enescu and his disciple, the violin player Yehudi Menuhin, 1931

In 1954, a short time before the Master's passing away

The first and the last page of the Oedip manuscript (1920-1932)

The Paris Opera, where the opening of "Oedip" took place (Friday 13 march 1936)

Leading at the Romanian Atheneum, Bucharest (1945)

"There are few who - among the great orchestra leaders
in the world - are gifted with Enescu's great feel,
with his unique sense of instrumental balance and his great
skill to clear even the most complex compositions that he read
like a regular book. He was always leading by heart,
not just to show the audience his perfect knowledge
of the piece, but to be able to identify himself with
the composer, to feel during the play the same emotions
felt by the composer during the creation. Enescu had an
unique power of suggestion over the orchestra, that he ruled
over with strength and authority, suggesting them
all his artistic intentions. His interpretations had a strong personality touch, by the deep respect for the composer's ideas,
for the opus authentic style. Enescu's composure had all the sobriety, impetuosity or the kindness needed; no exaggeration,
no useless gesture did not disturb the perfect harmony o
f his composure." Alfred Alessandrescu

The eminent teacher Enescu, at the performing classes, 1947

Three of the 20th century violin art titans:
Fritz Kreisler, George Enescu, Jacques Thibaud (1949)

George Enescu in 1950
"All that remains of my force and energy, I devote to my musical creations, by which I intended to serve our Romanian nation”

Enescu on his death bed. "To go from my native village
in large city where my road end, I took a dusty path,
bordered with trees that go, go towards the infinite.
It was long, undoubtedly, this road.
How short it appeared to me..."

The tree alley from Tescani, "the path bordered with
trees that go, go to the infinite...", an image that
George Enescu kept alive in his soul until his last moments.

Last Wishes, written in Tescani, 1946
"...I wish to be buried in tescani, Bacău, close to my wife."