Rikrit Tiravanija, Ming Wong, The Propeller Group
Hao Liang 'The Virtuous Being' solo exhibition at Vitamin Creative Space
My father has collected 20th century ink on paper works since the late 1970s so I sort of grew up in an environment where we would go to auction previews instead of theme parks on Sundays. When I came back to Hong Kong after 9 years in the States and UK I saw a lot of contemporary Chinese and eventually in 2008 I started to collect. The collection is pretty random to be honest. It was an organic accumulation of works based on interesting artists I saw in gallery shows and fairs. What was an Asian artist centric collection became more international in 2011 when I acquired the first non-Asian work.
Hong Kong is a small city where real estate situation is very cut throat making it very difficult for art businesses and platforms whether it's for profit or non profit. My idea with projects like Duddell's and the makeover of The Pawn is to provide an additional alternate platform to do interesting experimental projects that commercial galleries or museums are not able to do. For example our current project at Duddell's "Geomantic Intervention No.3" curated by artist Adrian Wong is a collectors' group show exploring the Duddell's space, art and Fung shui!
Hong Kong has seen significant change over the past 10 years. It literally went from having absolutely no place to one of the top places in the world cultural map! What's also really great is that Hong Kong artists have also gained a lot more recognition amongst regional/international institutions and serious collectors. With Art Basel Hong Kong as well as M+ in the making it will be interesting to see how our city develops itself in the coming 10 years.
Social media has become a very important communications tool for the art world and is bringing about a huge shock to the system!!!! Nowadays we are bombarded with information left right centre....... some are great yet there's a lot of trash as well! So it's crucial for one to be discerning when it comes to filtering everything that's coming through. To me instagram is more of a journal to document interesting things that I see when I visit galleries, museums and also during my travel, and of course all the food I'm eating in between!
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