I love Taschen books.
And finding art books in Asia is tough. Book stores here tend to focus on business, self-development, popular fiction, and other more practical subjects.
On a recent Saturday, I popped into the local library, and discovered this true gem of an art book: Gustav Klimt. Complete Paintings. As soon as I opened it, I knew I needed to own it.
As a jeweler, I'm totally attracted to all the gold and jewels on the cover. The images in here are amazing and it's a complete anthology of his works. You can really see his progression as an artist with this publication. Plus, there are interesting side stories about him like how he lived with his mom and sister all his life even when he was the hottest artist in town and all the chic women wanted portraits (and more!) from him.
This book is very large: it's the size of my torso and weighs more than a poodle!
I knew international shipping would cost a bomb.
Luckily, with a quick google search, I was completely delighted to learn that Taschen had opened a Hong Kong location, right on Hollywood Road, and it's the only location in Asia. Perfect. It's right near the hotel I always stay in when in Hong Kong.
I'll be packing an extra suitcase for all the Taschen books I know I'll be stocking up on.
P. S. - I often think books are the perfect gift for someone new in your life. If you've just met an art lover, trust me, get them the Klimt book or this version with fold-out large format images. It is really impressive.
Taschen Books in Asia is here:
Shop 01-G02, G/F, Tai Kwun
10 Hollywood Road, Central
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