Big Bang member T.O.P will participate as guest curator at Sotheby’s Hong Kong’s sale of contemporary art in Oct. 3.
It is the first time that the Hong Kong auction house has collaborated with a collector as curator.
Part of the auction’s sale will go to the Asian Cultural Council.
T.O.P has been an art collector for the longest time.
“I was raised in a very artistic household,” said T.O.P, according to Sotheby’s Hong Kong. “All the women in my family, including my mother, majored in art. They were all either artists or art teachers. The Korean modern masters Kim Whanki and Lee Insung are both my blood relatives.”
The 28-year-old singer’s aunt taught him to draw and paint early on but he realized he was more interested in collecting art than creating them.
“I preferred looking at art – and immersing myself in it,” T.O.P. said.
For him, acquiring art is like meeting a lifetime partner.
“Meeting your ideal partner is a work of destiny. I would say the same for the chances of coming across a great artwork. Once a piece enters my life, we become lifelong companions destined to love each other,” he said.
This is not the first time that T.O.P became involved in artistic ventures.
Last year, he co-curated the Asian art exhibit “The Eye Zone’” at the ArtScience Museum in Singapore.
He also contributed his collection to the Yang Haegue’s exhibition at the Samsung Museum of Art.
T.O.P. was given the Visual Culture Award last year by the Prudential Eye Awards.