Cover The M+ Gala Presented by Tatler was held on Monday, November 7, 2022 (Photo: Kenneth Tang/Tatler Hong Kong)

The event saw Hong Kong’s most influential invited to the museum of visual culture for a night of celebration, fundraising and a private first look at the Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now exhibition

Tatler Asia joined forces with M+ to bring the city’s most influential personalities together for an evening of art, purpose and glamour on Monday, November 7, 2022. All proceeds raised from the M+ Gala Presented by Tatler, which included a high octane auction, will go towards supporting M+ and its mission to champion creativity and preserve visual culture for future generations. Among the most exciting and popular items presented at the auction were a private tour for two to Antony Gormley Studio in London, and an exclusive evening for six at the vault of the HSBC Main Building in Hong Kong, including a private tour and dinner.

“We are delighted to partner with the iconic M+ museum to champion creativity and raise vital funds to preserve art and culture in our city,” says Michel Lamunière, CEO of Tatler and co-Chair of the M+ Gala Board. “The inaugural M+ Gala presented by Tatler will provide our esteemed guests with an unforgettable experience by bringing the best of Asia’s fine dining, art and performance under one roof.” 

In case you missed it, here are the five most memorable moments from the dazzling event.

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1. Exclusive viewing

The evening included a private viewing of a major retrospective of world-renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, whose exhibition Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now, marks the one-year anniversary of M+ Museum.

2. Special dining experience

The exquisite gastronomic experience was curated by world-renowned chef Gaggan Anand and Andō founder and Michelin-starred chef Agustin Balbi, and supported by the dining team from the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. 

3. And the Chaplin Award goes to...

At the event, Kiera Chaplin, the granddaughter of legendary actor Charlie Chaplin, announced legendary film star and martial artist in Hong Kong and Hollywood alike, Donnie Yen, as the recipient of the Chaplin Award, presented by Chopard.

The Chaplin Award is presented to an actor or filmmaker whose work embodies Charles Spencer Chaplin’s qualities of realism, diversity and courage. Previous recipients include Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro and Cate Blanchett.

4. Let me entertain you

Guests were entertained by performances from the City Contemporary Dance Company, DJ Daryll Griggs, musician Kiri T, and pianist Joyce Cheung.

Both Kiri and Cheung, established performers in their own right, came together just for the gala and performed a moving set of three songs, two of which were original compositions by Kiri. The two Berkeley School of Music-trained artists were gifted a Kusama Pumpkin cushion each, which were created exclusively for the upcoming exhibition.

5. Top tier guest list

M+ Gala Board members and other distinguished guests who attended the event included Dr Adrian Cheng, CEO and executive vice chairman of New World Development; Winnie Chiu, chairman of Agora Hospitality Group; Christine Ip, CEO for Greater China of United Overseas Bank; Catherine Kwai, founder of Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery; Alan Lau, vice chairman of M+; Daryl Ng, deputy chairman of Sino Group; Neil Shen, managing partner of Sequoia Capital; and Danny Yeung, CEO of Prenetics.

The M+ Gala presented by Tatler also welcomed Ronald and Johanna Arculli, Ronnie C Chan, Claire Hsu, Benjamin Vuchot, Aron Harilela, Christina Gaw and more.

Want to see more from the mind-bendingly brilliant event? Watch this space for our full event photo coverage, and our fashion editor’s picks for best dressed from the evening.


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