Art Central

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Hong Kong Art Week officially commenced last night with the exclusive invitation-only MEDIA X MUMM Harbour Party, hosted at Art Central by Mumm Champagne. For the second year, Hong Kong Art Week’s only high-voltage party took stage on Central’s iconic harbourfront to power a night of champagne popping revelry, high-flying VIPs, dancing, and digital displays.


To be expected from a brand synonymous with pushing boundaries, the iconoclastic bash broke the tradition of sedate art parties typically flanked with sleepy guests slowly sipping bubbles whilst debating the merits of classical art. Over 700 of Hong Kong’s most progressive VIPs and champagne-lovers converged on the Harbour Party to celebrate Hong Kong Art Week with Art Central’s official Champagne partner, MUMM. The guest list boasted names such as Jenny Lam, Antonia Cruz, Veronica Lam, Max Johnson, and Gordan Lam.  


Throughout the night, music sponsored by BEHIND, led the crowd through a boundary-bending eclectic mix of new discoveries, chart hits, and nostalgic throwbacks, while dancers and digital displays reflected the feel of this year’sMEDIA X MUMM exhibit, Art Central’s moving image sector.


The MEDIA X MUMM Harbour Party was fueled by the new Mumm Grand Cordon bottle, the house’s most daring bottle yet. With the iconic red sash embedded directly into the bottle, the Mumm Grand Cordon represents the innovation and break from expectations represented at the MEDIA X MUMM Harbour Party. Those looking for a taste of this invite-only celebration may enjoy the Mumm Grand Cordon at PLAY, Dragon i, and Tonic.


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As the official Champagne partner of Art Central, Mumm Champagne proudly presents MEDIA X MUMM for the second successive year. This year, MEDIA X MUMM is a daring showcase of video and new media serving as a platform to celebrate exploration within the digital realm. This moving image sector features British celebrated film artists Guy Sherwin and Lynn Loo with their renowned 16mm film projections and photography works including Eye (1978), Metronome (1978) and Washi (2014). Offering an immersive experience at the MEDIA X MUMM Champagne Bar, experimental motion video works by international artists will be exhibited across four dynamic screens. Artists and galleries include:


·       Artereal Gallery (Sydney): Aziz+Cucher, Liam Benson, Owen Leong, Anna Carey, Shoufay Derz, Jess MacNeil and Sylvia Schwenk

·       Art Projects Gallery (Hong Kong): Sarah Jing Choo

·       De Buck Gallery (New York): Rashaad Newsome

·       MARS Gallery (Melbourne): Stephen Haley, Hannah Raisin and Diego Ramirez



In addition to the MEDIA X MUMM exhibit, the champagne house offers an immersive Champagne bar to fuel the fair, a high-voltage harbor-front party, and a daring opportunity to win a one-year supply of Mumm Champagne.



Win: tickets to Art Central, MEDIA X MUMM Harbour Party, and a 1-year supply of Mumm Champagne


In the lead up to Art Central, Mumm Champagne offers their most daring social media fans opportunities to win fair tickets, complimentary glasses of Champagne, and a 1-year supply of Mumm Champagne (52 bottles). Dares will be posted on Mumm Champagne’s Facebook and Instagram (@ghmummhk) accounts asking followers to record themselves completing the dares and to post the videos on their own Instagram accounts, tagging @ghmummhk and #WeDareYou #MediaXMumm.  The best videos will be chosen by 17 March and will receive tickets to Art Central and the invitation only MEDIA X MUMM Harbour Party, with one daring winner receiving a 1-year supply of Mumm Champagne (52 bottles).


Full details:



Complimentary Art Central Tickets + MUMM Aperitivo

Receive a complimentary Art Central Ticket with the purchases of Mumm Champagne from Hong Kong’s finest restaurants + Celebrate the launch of Le Marché by Philippe Orrico


In the lead up to the fair, diners at Isola, Gaia, Joia, Va Bene, Red Bar, and the Langham’s Palm Court and Artesian Bars will be awarded with a complimentary Art Central ticket when purchasing a bottle of Mumm Champagne.


New this year, the MEDIA X MUMM Champagne Bar is operated by Chef Phillipe Orrico’s team (of Michelin-starred ON Dining and Upper Modern Bistro), who has built Le Marché by Philippe Orrico, a pop-up restaurant in the Art Central tent for the duration of the fair.  To celebrate this collaboration, on 10 March (6p), Tartine hosts Mumm Aperitivo, a preview of Le Marche featuring complimentary canapés by Chef Philippe Orrico and a complimentary glass of Mumm Champagne. A second preview event, held at ON Dining on 17 March (6p), also offers canapés and Champagne.


MEDIA X MUMM Champagne Bar

Art Central, Central Harbourfront, Hong Kong from Tuesday, 21 March to Saturday, 25 March 2017 (VIP Preview / First Night Monday, 20 March)


MEDIA X MUMM is an expression of Art Central and Maison Mumm’s shared values of pushing boundaries and leading through innovation. This moving image sector includes an immersive experience at the MEDIA X MUMM Champagne Bar, where experimental motion video works by international artists will be exhibited across four dynamic screens.


The fair offers multiple touch points to refuel on champagne including, roaming Champagne Trolleys (HK$100- glass, HK$500- bottle) and the Fernet Hunter Bar.  In addition to the standard glasses and bottles, the Fernet Hunter Bar offers innovative cocktail pairing Mumm Champagne with Fernet and Yuzu Shu (HK$120)



Invitation-only party, 21 March


Mumm Champagne also hosts Art Week’s only high-voltage party on Hong Kong’s harbourfront. The invitation-only MEDIA X MUMM HARBOUR PARTY marks the commencement of Hong Kong Art Week with a night of champagne popping revelry and a renowned DJ acting as a kinetic force providing partygoers with an immersive celebration of pushing boundaries. The night will be fueled by the new Mumm Grand Cordon, Maison Mumm’s most daring bottle design yet.




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James Ostrer: ‘Guru Jimmy's Absolut Ashram of Spirituality’ Art Central & ZUMA 2016, Hong Kong

Absolut is pleased to present a new collaboration with the prominent Guru Jimmy – artist James Ostrer’s spiritual guide – on two site-specific Art Bars in Hong Kong. Both titled ‘Guru Jimmy’s Absolut Ashram of Spirituality’, the Art Bars will premiere at Art Central and ZUMA Hong Kong in March 2016.


Art Central, Hong Kong’s newest contemporary art fair on Hong Kong’s Central Harbour front, will host the Art Bar daily from 21-26 March. The ZUMA edition of the Art Bar will be open from 12pm daily on 21-28 March, making ZUMA the perfect place to relax after visiting the fair.


Following his celebrated appearance at the 2015 Venice Biennale, Guru Jimmy has been given carte blanche to fully conceptualise and create his Art Bar, from drinks to décor, and entertainment to ambience. Inspired by his own outlook that the future is not a given, and that all people should have the right to create their own, Guru Jimmy has imagined an Art Bar that gives way to a type of spiritual transcendence that he feels should be available to the masses. Art Central’s installation clearly demonstrates this, and consists of a technicolour dream-state complete with beanbag chairs, ‘material wealth’ rugs, and other spiritual endeavours, making it the ideal location for replenishment, relaxation and reflection. 


Guru Jimmy has collaborated with some of Hong Kong’s top mixologists from both Maximal Concepts and ZUMA, resulting in seven brightly coloured cocktails that each resemble a colour of the rainbow. The Art Bar at Art Central will serve the blue, violet and yellow coloured cocktails. It’s All About Me is a violet hued cocktail comprised of violet blossom liqueur, lemon, and ginger, which reflects imagination and spirituality, whilst the blue concoction, Absolut Clarity, using blended orange, lime, and a homemade citrus cordial, symbolises the qualities of creativity and intelligence. The three vibrant cocktails will be available through April at Limewood.


ZUMA represents the energy of the colour red with, the Happy Inner Selfie, a cocktail infused with pomegranate, cinnamon and yuzu, whilst the balance and harmony of the colour green is characterised in, Liquid Assets, a kiwi and pandan-based cocktail. The four cocktails on offer at ZUMA are sweetened only by the fruits’ natural sugars, paying tribute to Ostrer’s battle with sugar addiction as represented in his body of work Wotsit All About. ZUMA, recently named one of Asia’s Top 50 Bars, also promises to enlighten visitors through the various meanings of colour with an extensive food-pairing menu featuring colourful maki, sushi, and interpretative fruit platters. The bar and lounge will feature a live DJ from 7pm throughout the week and a special Art Session on Saturday, 26 March from 2.30pm.


Guru Jimmy will journey between the two venues, offering visitors a glimpse into his colourful world as well as presenting opportunities for ‘happy inner selfies’ for those looking to attain the ultimate happiness. To enhance his vibe of chilled tranquillity, Guru Jimmy will also travel between venues with his specially curated playlist of electro, funk and pop music.


The artist’s Art Bars are reminiscent of Absolut’s newest limited edition bottle design, Absolut Mix, which builds on the six colours of pride in a unique way, allowing the colours to mix together when the bottle is moved while still maintaining their individuality. The new bottle reflects Absolut and Guru Jimmy’s shared beliefs in an inclusive world that allows people to connect without labels. Absolut Mix will be available in Hong Kong this summer.


Additionally, Art Central hosts Ostrer’s latest body of work, Ego Systems, an amalgamation of celebrity icons who seduce their onlookers through traditional and social media with their promises of success, beauty and glamour. ZUMA concurrently hosts Ostrer's critically acclaimed body of work Wotsit All About, a photo series referencing icons of contemporary sugar worship, the artist’s imagined result of a corrupted globalisation and increasingly dangerous methods of food production.


‘Guru Jimmy’s Absolut Ashram of Spirituality’ is the latest in a series of collaborations between Absolut and leading contemporary artists to create Art Bar installations – ambitious sculptural environments which double as fully operational pop-up nightspots. This installation follows critically-acclaimed installations by SANGREE at Material Art Fair in Mexico City (2016); John Kørner at Chart Art Fair, Copenhagen, Denmark; Yazan Khalili at Art Dubai (2015); and Nadim Abbas at Art Basel (2014) in Hong Kong.


“It is Guru Jimmy’s greatest delight to help, support and empower people to mix up the emotions of absolute fun, friendship, music and art,” said James Ostrer.


We are excited to be working with both Guru Jimmy and James Ostrer on ‘Guru Jimmy’s Absolut Ashram of Spirituality’. The Art Bars will be unique spaces where people can come together and relax, and we look forward to bringing both Art Bars to life in Hong Kong,” says Saskia Neuman, Global Art Manager, Absolut.




All of the below cocktails are crafted with Absolut Vodka:


RED: Guru Jimmy’s Happy Inner Selfie

Pomegranate, cinnamon, and yuzu


ORANGE: Guru Jimmy’s Happy Ending



YELLOW: Guru Jimmy’s Inevitable Joy

Pineapple, passion fruit, spice syrup, black pepper, mint


GREEN: Guru Jimmy’s Liquid Asset

Kiwi, pandan leaf


BLUE Guru Jimmy’s Absolut Clarity

Blended orange & peel liquer, lime, homemade citrus cordial


INDIGO: Guru Jimmy’s Absolut Spirituality

Infused flower, blueberry, cardamom


VIOLET: Guru Jimmy’s It’s All About Me

Violet blossom liqueur, lemon, ginger beer