ou may know him from hits such as “Careless Whisper,” Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” and “Last Christmas,” but now you can see a different side of George Michael with his art collection coming to Shanghai in February.
A selection of over 200 works from the private collection of the legendary British recording artist will be on display from February 23 to 28 at the office of auction house Christie’s as part of their upcoming sale of Michael’s art acquisitions.
Michael was a supporter and friend to many artists from the Young British Art movement, and his collection reflected this with pieces from Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Michael Craig-Martin, and Marc Quinn. Highlights include The Incomplete Truth (2006) from Hirst’s ‘Natural History’ series, Emin’s Drunk to the Bottom of my Soul (2002) featuring poetry applied on blankets, and Bridget Riley’s Songbird from 1982, which hung over the fireplace of one of Michael’s homes.
After Shanghai, the collection will travel to London before going on auction in March.
Before becoming a multi-award winning solo artist, Michael was one half of the British pop group Wham!, which was one of the first Western acts to perform in China in 1985. Michael died on Christmas Day 2016.
The George Michael Collection
February 23-28, 10am to 5pm
97 Yuanmingyuan Road
Nearest metro station: East Nanjing Road