Adrian Cheng awarded Officier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Paris France

January 9, 2018 by Laura Gomez


Adrian Cheng, Founder and Honorary Chairman of the K11 Art Foundation has been awarded the distinction Officier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, a prestigious award that recognises leading figures in the arts who have made a significant contribution to French culture. This order is given as a symbol of recognition of Cheng’s significant contribution to, and promotion of, French art and culture in China, as well as his role in the advancement of cultural exchange between the two countries. Cheng is the youngest person in Hong Kong to receive such honour from the French government since the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres was created in 1957 and has been placed directly at the ranking of Officier having skipped the tier of Chevalier.

This award aligns Cheng with other noteworthy art world figures that have received this order, such as Whitechapel Art Gallery director Iwona Blazwick, and artists Anish Kapoor, Olafur Eliasson and Nan Goldin.

Adrian Cheng says:
“The cultural collaborations formed by the K11 Art Foundation with leading institutions such as Centre Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo and Claude Monet Foundation have allowed French audiences to deepen their understanding of contemporary Chinese art and to expand international opportunities for outstanding Chinese contemporary artists and curators. I am proud to have been nominated for this Officier, officially recognised by the French state, which encourages me to continue pursuing and strengthening the cross cultural dialogues between our two countries”

Adrian Cheng, who was recently ranked number 46 on the Art Review 2017 Power 100 list, also announces his ambitious plans to expand K11 to 9 cities across China by 2023; bringing education, imagination and inspiration, within a retail environment, to a new generation of consumers in Asia. His ultimate goal is to increase dialogue and engagement between art and the public, having championed the world’s first ‘museum-retail’ concept in the form of K11 Art Malls, which have locations in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Wuhan, showcasing Cheng’s intuitive ability to seamlessly blend art and commerce as well as providing a global platform for Chinese artists and curators.

About the K11 Art Foundation:

Founded by Adrian Cheng in 2010, the K11 Art Foundation (KAF) is a registered not-for-profit organisation that promotes the development of the contemporary art scene in Greater China by providing support for emerging Chinese artists and taking them to the international stage. Not only does KAF nurture artistic talents, but it also serves as an incubator for professional practices of promising young curators.

KAF has forged partnerships with many prestigious art institutions for regional and international art projects. It has collaborated with, for example, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí in Figueres; Serpentine Galleries and Institute of Contemporary Arts in London; Centre Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo, and Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Armory Show, New Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, and MoMA PS1 in New York. Works of Chinese talents are showcased at exhibitions and on other occasions in Asia and other parts of the world.

The artist-in-residence programme held at the K11 art village in Wuhan, China – which has proven itself a dedicated platform for studio practices, exchanges, and connections since its establishment in 2011 – is another important undertaking of the Foundation that fulfils its mission. In order to provide guest artists from Greater China and around the globe with more resources and facilities, the village will be relocated to the first K11 Art Mall in the city in November 2017. Equipped with eight studios, exhibition spaces, and multifunction rooms for activities, it promises to, as always, spare no effort to encourage creative practices and popularise contemporary art.

Through researches, initiatives, and partnerships, KAF offers the general public a wide range of programmes, fostering the appreciation of art and culture.