This year’s Hugo Boss Asia Art Award went to Hangzhou-based artist Li Ming. He was chosen from a group exhibition of finalists’ work at the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, which featured his and the work of three other finalists: Tao Hui, Yu Ji, and Robert Zhao Renhui. A $45,600 cash prize was presented to Ming in association with the honor.
“[Ming’s] oeuvre constitutes one of the most meaningful and advanced contemporary visual creations that brilliantly combine performance, video and sound,” Larys Frogier, the jury chair and director of the Rockbund, said in a statement. “His artworks have enriched the field of media and engendered a unique sensitivity of making time and space profuse with infinite possibilities of meaning.”
At the Rockbund, Ming exhibited recently commissioned pieces as well as highlights of his practice from the past three years, including his noteworthy series “Rendering the Mind,” 2017. The video work shows different perspectives within the five-star hotel Broadway Mansions in Shanghai across several screens, allowing the viewer to examine the place’s public and private memories.