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WHERE STREET ART MEETS FRENCH FINE DINING

by Teresa Chow on Jun 10, 2014 in Interiors , Lifestyle
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An international first that sees a collaboration of the world’s most renowned contemporary and street artists together in one space, Bibo’s launch in Hong Kong coincided most appropriately with the territory-wide celebration of art in May

Serving up a modern take on classic French cuisine, wines of merit and back-to-the-roots cocktails, Bibo gives a nod to bohemian lifestyle and redefines understated luxury.

Located on Hong Kong’s Hollywood Road, Bibo launched in May this year, an international first that sees a collaboration of the world’s most renowned contemporary and street artists together in one space. From installations by Vhils, Invader, JonOne, Stohead, Kaws, JR, Mr Brainwash, Ella & Pitr, Mist, MadC to hangings and works by Banksy, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Damien Hirst, Daniel Arsham, Jeff Koons, King of Kowloon, Shepard Fairey, Takashi Murakami, Yayoi Kusama — to name a few — this pioneering project is set to open minds to a new way of eating and of seeing art.

An ongoing and ever changing project; like contemporary art itself, it is a process in transition, forever updating and reinventing. “Bibo is reinventing the Bohemian lifestyle of Paris in the 1930s through art, design, food and cocktails,” says restaurant manager Arturo Sims, explaining the creative storyline behind the project.

Imagine if you will, says Sims, that back in the 1930s, an old French tramway company — La Compagnie Générale Française de Tramway — used to occupy the space now inhabited by Bibo. Long been abandoned, the luxurious Hong Kong headquarters of the company had started decaying, so modern artists moved in to use the venue as a studio where they could share their own vision, and were allowed to build on their own creativity. “Perhaps it is fate, or maybe just irony, that absinthe-fuelled street artists who often start their careers defacing trains and trams now find themselves in the former office of a tramway company,” says Sims.

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