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Peanuts portraits come to Hong Kong

Peanuts portraits come to Hong Kong

The colourful exhibition is free-of-charge.

Peanuts portraits will be brightening the walls of Hong Kong’s K11 Art Mall this month. The mall has launched a fun art exhibition celebrating the 70th anniversary of the birth of Peanuts cartoonist, Charles M Schulz.

Those who grew up in the twentieth century will remember the classic Peanuts characters, from Charlie Brown, to Snoopy, Linus, Peppermint Patty and Sally Brown. Two years ago, Peanuts asked seven international artists to form The Peanuts Global Artist Collective. They were tasked with recreating classic Peanuts characters in their own style.

The artists who took part in the project include André Saraiva x Mr. A, Friendswithyou, AVAF, Kenny Scharf, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Rob Pruitt, and Nina Chanel Abney. Their work has been categorized into seven ‘attitudes’ in the viewing room, which are Kindness, Sincerity, Courageous, Imagination, Curiosity, Friendship and Creativity.

The Peanuts comic strip was featured daily in 2,600 global newspapers and read by millions. Over a period of nearly 50 years, Schulz drew more than 17,800 published cartoon strips. The first collection of strips appeared in July 1952 and the first animated TV special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, aired in December 1965. It went on to win an Emmy award. The characters influenced authors, filmmakers, songwriters, painters and sculptors.

These most recent creations are now on public display as a collection of 2D poster prints. The project also sees the international debut of collectible figurines and lamps, all of which, along with other Peanuts merchandise, is available for purchase at the event’s pop-up store.

What: Peanuts Global Artist Collective Viewing Room by K11 x APPortfolio

When: 11am to 9pm, May 29 to June 30.

Where: K11 Art Space, K11 Art Mall (B2/F), Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong.

How much: Free.


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