The Last Supper by Zeng Fanzhi on sale at Sotheby’s Hong Kong

Hong Kong, 10 September 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).

On the 5 October, Sotheby’s Hong-Kong is proposing the sale of the famous work by Chinese painter Zeng Fanzhi, The Last Supper.

A symbolic piece of contemporary Chinese art, political and subversive, the 4-meter-long canvas, inspired by the masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci, is valued at $10.3 million.

In this version, produced by Zeng Fanzhi in 2001, is a reflection of modern Chinese society – where appearances can be deceiving – the apostles have been replaced with members of the Chinese Communist Party. Judas wears a yellow tie, a symbol of money, and, by extension, Western capitalism.

The painting comes from the collection of Baron and Baroness Guy and Myriam Ullens de Schooten, who have played an important role in the promotion of young Chinese artists for the past 25 years.