Based in the Ruttonjee Centre in Central, Hong Kong, Galerie du Monde is Hong Kong’s oldest contemporary art gallery. For over four decades the gallery has presented modern and contemporary works by internationally known and emerging artists.Read More
Galerie du Monde was established on Old Bailey Street in Central in 1974 by German-American art dealer Fred Scholle. Initially the gallery focused on presenting American and European art to a Chinese audience — its first solo exhibition was of work by David Hockney. Under the direction of Kelvin Yang, who has strong ties to the art scene of mainland China, the gallery has come to focus on a broad selection of established and emerging Chinese artists.
Alongside promoting and selling the work of Chinese and Western artists Galerie du Monde also operates a professional conservation framing service, high in demand in Hong Kong.
Expanding during Hong Kong’s art boom in the 1980s Galerie du Monde moved several times to larger spaces across Central Hong Kong. In 2007 the gallery opened at the current space in the Ruttonjee Centre.
Galerie du Monde marked its 40th anniversary with an exhibition of Chinese painter and explorer of social issues Zhu Yiyong, titled I Don’t Believe in Clouds (2014). It also celebrated the occasion by introducing the GDM Project series: a series that extends the gallery’s reach to artists of different nationalities working around the globe, offering them an opportunity to exhibit outside of their geographical regions. Fields of Abstraction (2015), the first initiative in the series, was a show curated by American artist and curator Justin Charles Hoover and featuring four American artists: Freddy Chandra, Paul Clipson, Jesse Gottesman, and Meghann Riepenhoff. The project continues to bring artists from overseas to the Hong Kong gallery each year.
Galerie du Monde Artists
Working with established and emerging Chinese contemporary artists for over 40 years with a broad emphasis on works on paper and canvas, photography, sculpture, and new media, Galerie du Monde’s roster is relatively diverse. Included are pioneering artists such as Liu Kuo-Sung—one of the earliest advocates and practitioners of modernist Chinese painting—and the younger Fong Chung-Ray, both of whom were part of the ground-breaking Fifth Moon Group.
Galerie du Monde also presents the work of a range of established artists who, since rising to prominence in the 1980s, have travelled and become well known all around the globe, including Fung Ming Chip, Wesley Tongson, Kwok Hon Sum, Wang Gongyi, and C.N Liew. Liew’s paintings blend traditional writing aesthetics with abstract expressionism, and are the first works by an artist of Chinese descent to appear in the collection of the National Palace of Malaysia.
Alongside these names on Galerie du Monde’s roster are younger artists emerging on the international art scene, such as United States-based Chinese painter Stella Zhang, and Taiwanese multimedia artist Wu Chi-Tsung.
Concordant with Galerie du Monde’s international programmes, the gallery represents a diverse selection of international artists. This includes German-born conceptual artists Roland Biermann and Michael Müller, Australian painter of mystic hyperrealist images Juan Ford, and Spanish painter Juan Uslé.
Galerie du Monde Exhibitions and Art Fairs
Maintaining a strong presence on the Asian and international art scene Galerie du Monde participates in key international art fairs such as ART STAGE Singapore; Art Central, Hong Kong; Ink Asia, Hong Kong; ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair; Taipei Dangdai; and Art Basel in Hong Kong.
Online art presentation Taipei Connections concluded on May 10 following strong engagement from galleries and collectors.
As Hong Kong gradually opens up after months of lockdown, this lowdown provides a selection of exhibitions taking place throughout the summer.
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