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2013 - Liu Wei Special Edition
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2013 - Liu Wei Special Edition

 

 Purple Air 2013 Special Edition


B1663 LIU WEI Collection Cup p 560 560
 Artist: Liu Wei (read more about artist ...)LiuWei
 Year: 2012
 Factory: unknown
 Number Of Copies: unknown (not confirmed)
 Inside: illy Art Collection Beijing 2012
 Bottom: Signed , Saucers - Signed  - No Numbered
 Other Versions: Cappucino Set , Tea Set, Special Cans, Espresso Bar Set , Cappucino Bar set
 Special Edition: Yes
 Package: 1 cup in a box
 Chance to buy:  Low (unless in China)
 Estimated Price: $155-$450
 Other Cups by the Same Artist:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Descriptions 

 

Italian roaster illy decided “Go East” with targeting China’s coffee market, with high hopes that coffee’s meteoric climb will continue in this country. Also it reflects huge wave of interest in Europe and US to modern art in China. The prices of Chinese artists sky rocketing in auction cross the globe. These two factors lead to opening Galleria illy in Beijing in Oct 26 2012.  You can read more about Galleria here.

It was just matter of time before illy will produce new cup with one of the Chinese artists. Based on list of special guests I would expect that it will be Liu Wei , Lin Tianmiao or  maybe collaboration effort Chinese artists from Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA).

According to Liu Wei, the decorations on the cups, saucers and cans are inspired from the series of work “The Purple Air”, which shows “the ongoing urbanization process and the structural changes which take place in contemporary urban areas.”

PurpleAir

 

 

Purple 20Air gr 1

 

illy describe the artworks as:

“A complex and frenetic work with science-fiction overtones which for Liu Wei represents the continuously-evolving process of urbanization, and the structural changes taking place in modern cities. The result is a stylised metropolitan landscape with a powerful visual and emotional impact.  With voids and spaces defined by unconventional colors, rigid lines that soften and then seem to liquefy, vivid sunsets and dreamlike lights.”

The special edition is including 1 cup only and was presented to public during Galleria illy in Beijing. The size of the cup is odd - something in middle of espresso and cappuccino cup. This is the first time when illy is producing cup in such size.

LiuWei Illy Galleria

Liu Wei in Galleria illy .Photo: illycafe

The design of the cup is similar to what we see in regular collection, but rim of the saucer and handle of the cup is gold. Also there's no number on a back of the cup and saucer, so it's not clear what was original intention of illy about this cup. This cup was for sale in China only , this is why it's so hard to find in Europe and US. Of course price range as result is so wide - $150 - $500.

Cup is coming with special gift package of Galleria illy in Beijing . Brochure is not provided.

Pictures

Following pictures can be found at illy.com :

 B1663 LIU WEI Collection Cup p 560 560

B1663 LIU WEI Collection Cup p2 560 560

B1663 LIU WEI Collection Cup p1 560 560

B1663 LIU WEI Collection Cup p3 560 560

 

 

 

 

Package

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Brochure

Not included

 

 

 

 

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