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A server sets a dining table in the private room where a Jean-Michel Basquiat rests on the wall.

Don’t Spill Your Beaujolais On The Banksy!

Hong Kong’s Bibo serves up haute cuisine and ‘underground’ art

Tony Perrottet
Apr 21, 2015 · 5 min read
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From left, artwork from Jean-Michel Basquiat, Aurele (free standing black dog) and Frank Shepard Fairey (Obey).
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Bibo may be the most hedonistic manifestation of the new energy driving the Asian art scene

In the last five years, Hong Kong has proclaimed itself the contemporary art capital of the East, with Sotheby’s and Christie’s doing a roaring trade and blue-chip galleries like Gagosian taking up residence. Bibo, which opened last spring in a former French tramways office (the sign outside is genuine), may be the most hedonistic manifestation of the new energy. Haute cuisine and “underground art” sit cheek by jowl in fashionable districts like Manhattan’s Chelsea or London’s Fitzrovia, but this is the first time they’ve been combined in a single, over-the-top designer space. (The eponymous expat owner maintains anonymity to give the restaurant an extra level of mystery — or, for the more cynically inclined, hype).

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In the main dining room, artwork (from left to right) showcases Princess is Invader, Kate Moss by Mr Brainwash, and a sculpture by Yue Minjun.
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Artwork by Blek Le Rat in the main dining room.
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Baeri caviar and sea urchin; A Bloody Mary cocktail
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L’Exotique dessert
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[Artwork fom left to right]: Nasty; JonOne; The ladies on the bookshelves by Pure Evil; Small sculptures by Yoshitomo Nara and Kaws; Jean-Michel Othoniel (Paris MTR station Palais Royal); Kaws
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Artwork by JR Inside the women’s bathroom.
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