Expression comes in a multitude of forms. We pop on our jaunty berets this month and look at artistic expression as the world celebrates art in its many inspiring manifestations. Cannes crooks its finger and Le French May embraces us à bras ouverts, and we indulge in the visual, auditory, tactile and even gustatory stimuli on offer.

There’s plenty to see around town, what with The Landmark’s transformation from shopping mall to art mecca from 9 to 26 May, showcasing works by Cecile Bart, Auguste Rodin, Salvadore Dali, Yayoi Kusama and Robert Indiana, while Art Basel offers hundreds of pieces from 23 to 26 May to satisfy our craving for contemporary art.

In the May issue of STYLE, our muse Tsai Ming-liang bids farewell to his filmmaking days, breaking boundaries and crossing media to paint a brighter future with newly acquired oils. In our exploration of rum, a spirit rapidly coming into its own among the whisky and cigar set, we discover how the secrets and history of this drink’s creation are revealed through the aromatic layers of flavour – a more subtle form of expression.

We also look at the articulation of sartorial beauty, from our glamorous, Hollywood themed fashion shoot to our jewellery story, which looks at interpretations of bejewelled beauty in decades past.

While we’re on the topic of stunning possessions, in our product section this month we round up some of the most elegant stationery products, feline-inspired accessories, luxurious sunglasses and beautiful timepieces inspired by – what else, art. Meanwhile, our popular Spend It column offers a whole new at-home theatre experience for movie lovers. It’s yours for a mere HK$10 million.

For those of you caught up in the artistic frenzy, we also look at the potentially overwhelming prospect of starting your own art collection: whose brain to pick, where to look and what it takes to curate a collection of works that speaks to your personality and tastes.

For most, that is where the fine line between expression and self expression blurs. How much of it is who we truly are, and how much is who we want the world to think we are? Even as we angle to show them our best, most finely honed side, we are made acutely aware of the parts that we want to remain hidden – even from ourselves.

And that is why, as we struggle with the very artistic issues of intent and expression, perhaps the thing to remember first and foremost is to adhere to a certain authenticity and honesty.

As British poet Matthew Arnold once said, so very succinctly, “Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret of style.”