London and New York are renowned for their extraordinary art market. Hong Kong is catching up and has grown to be one of the most exciting hubs in the world for homegrown and international talent. Little Steps Asia has explored hundreds of eclectic boutique and international galleries scattered across the vibrant city and presents their top ten art galleries in Hong Kong. Let’s do it!
The Gagosian is one of the leading modern and contemporary art galleries globally, with 18 exhibition spaces including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Rome, and the first in Asia, Hong Kong. The gallery, founded in 1980 by Larry Gagosian, represents the estates of artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claude Monet, and Pablo Picasso. Gagosian is a hugely important platform for modern-day artists and is home to some of the city's most exciting and notable artists. The iconic Pedder Building in the city's Central district has presented major solo exhibitions with works from Damien Hirst, Cy Twombly, Roy Lichtenstein, Takashi Murakami, and John Currin.
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Celebrating a decade in Hong Kong, White Cube demonstrates the importance of contemporary art in the burgeoning creative scene. The vast white space on Connaught Road is bright and allows for a no-distraction space for art. The gallery is over two floors and provides over 550 square meters of space. The inaugural exhibition was dedicated to renowned British artists Gilbert & George and has since seen works from Antony Gormley, Chuck Close, and Harland Miller.
The Empty Gallery is the brainchild of Stephen Cheng. During meditation, he imagined the gallery where he saw a black space capable of housing multi-sensory art akin to an inner journey through one's senses. You can expect to see pioneering multimedia commissions, performances, music, or an otherworldly blend from emerging or already established artists. The first exhibition is from Yutaka Matsuzawa entitled Vanishing in the Wilderness. The collection is co-curated by Alan Longino and Reiko Tomii with generous assistance from Matsuzawa’s family. Yutaka Matsuzawa was a pioneer conceptual artist. He was active from the 1950s through to his death in 2006.
Initially founded in Bangkok in 1997, Tang Contemporary Art celebrates its quadranscentennial anniversary and galleries in Hong Kong and Beijing. The galleries are known to be pioneers on the contemporary art scene, focusing on Chinese and Southeast Asian contemporary artists, including leading figures such as Ai Weiwei, Huang Yongping, Shen Yuan, and Wang Du. Tang Contemporary Art Gallery was the first to move into H Queen’s, the vertical art complex housed in a state-of-the-art glass tower. Currently, a group show called ‘Global Song’ curated by Fiona Lu includes international artists Marion Bataillard, Jade Ching-yuk Ng, Alessandro Giannì, Gao Hang, Hao Zecheng, Diren Lee, Rhiannon Salisbury, Ruby Swinney, and Jessica Williams. The collective exhibition establishes a fantasia for the new century.
Rachel Lehmann and David Maupin founded Lehmann Maupin in 1996. The gallery, set within the Pedder Building, one of the few surviving pre-war buildings, champions artists working with trailblazing forms of visual expression, showcasing works that address trending themes such as gender, globalism, religion, politics, and class. The gallery represents a diverse range of contemporary artists and estates worldwide and introduces international artists to new locales.
Sarah Greene founded the exquisite independent photography gallery in 2007 to focus on exploring Hong Kong's unique culture and identity. The gallery showcases an incredible range of books, limited editions, and vintage prints of old and new Hong Kong taken by respected master photographers and emerging contemporary artists. Blue Lotus exclusively represents Fan Ho and his estate and has been instrumental in launching the careers of Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze, Jason Au and Tugo Cheng and will continue to debut artists from across the region.
The Edouard Malingue Gallery was founded in Hong Kong in 2010 to build a critical platform for dialogue between emerging and established Asian and international contemporary artists. The gallery celebrates works across various disciplines, including videos, installations, paintings, and sounds. In addition to presenting solo exhibitions, the gallery pushes the boundaries of art in public spaces. It stimulates artistic dialogue through collaborations with global curators. The gallery also hosts works outside the gallery’s space on Des Voeux Road and various pop-up exhibits. You’ll see everything from all-time favorite Picasso to up-and-coming names in the art world.
David Zwirner is known to be one of the most influential art dealers globally. He opened his eponymous gallery in Queens a mere five years ago in 2018. The gallery represents almost 70 international artists and their estates, including Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama, fondly adored for her orange-red bob, polka dots, and 'infinity mirror' light installations. One of her iconic spotted pumpkins sits at the rooftop bar Piqniq on the top floor of H Queens. He also represents Wolfgang Tillmans, a German photographer recognized for his diverse observation of his surroundings. He’s the first photographer to be awarded the Tate annual Turner Prize. Since the establishment of the New York gallery in 1993, the David Zwirner gallery has successfully held many innovative, diverse, and groundbreaking exhibitions across the world.
Established in 1974, Galerie du Monde has featured internationally established Chinese contemporary artists for almost half a century. They strongly focus on works of art in various forms, including new media, photography, sculpture, paper, and canvas. The gallery nurtures and encourages emerging talent through solo and group exhibitions. In 2014, the gallery introduced the Galerie du Monde Project, which supports a broad group of artists from different regions allowing them to exhibit outside their own areas.
For decades, the Hanart TZ Gallery has been a leading and influential gallery on Hong Kong’s art scene. It displays an eclectic range of talented artists from the local area and further afield across Asia. The impressive Kwai Chung gallery showcases experimental and innovative works of art and breathtaking installations. The founder, Chang Tsong-Zung, is the director of Hanart TZ Gallery and is an independent curator who actively curated Chinese exhibitions at the Saatchi Gallery. He's also a respected professor at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China.
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