Javier Calleja is highly sought-after in the art market with a rising presence in art exhibitions around the world and increasing artwork prices. With the launch of the Little Maurizio mini-figurines, Calleja presents an enjoyable “art piece” that everyone can bring home.
Known as the cutting-edge destination for fashion insiders, MUSE EDITION at K11 MUSEA showcases a pop-up featuring Javier Calleja’s two sculptures Thinking Boy and Little Maurizio as well as a display of Little Maurizio mini-figurines. Internationally recognised for his wide eye, doll-like characters, Calleja has a distinct aesthetic that is much sought after by collectors.
Like most of his other works, Thinking Boy is somewhat of a self-portrait of the artist, showing a romanticised image of him at work in the studio. The wooden sculpture depicts a boy in a meditation-like pose, balancing books on top of his head with a black cat sitting on top. The totemic composition of the work is accenting the spiritual side of the piece, which represents the artist in search of inspiration. Such inspiration, which sometimes comes from works by other accomplished artists is the subject of the second piece in the presentation - Little Maurizio.
With Little Maurizio, Calleja pays tribute to Maurizio Cattelan, an artist he admires and whose works are loaded with ingenuity and a keen sense of humour. Calleja was inspired to recreate his particular playful, affective and innocent universe, while making it ironic and surrealist at the same time, representing a final effort to humanise the world around him.
The MUSE EDITION pop-up also sees the global first launch of “Little Maurizio” mini-figurines in multi-colour variations, which are available for sale on the K11 Design Store website. The surprise figurines come in 101 coloured hair and outfit combinations, with a special ‘grey’ colourway being the rarest and most coveted of all. Each figurine comes in “Blind Box” packaging - so shoppers won’t know what colour they’ve purchased until they open the box for extra excitement.
Little Maurizio came back with thunder in two festive colour combinations, the Red Santa Claus and Green Xmas Elf to celebrate the arrival of Christmas together!