Sing Tao Daily
Entering “Hong Kong Arts Month” with the upcoming significant exhibitions and events, lovers and readers for culture and arts have already filled in their artistic schedule book. While Art Basel and Art Central has grabbed the attention of the city, there’re more to check out for the art scene in March, including H Queen’s inauguration of the five distinguished galleries in the CBD of Central. Designed exceptionally as an integrated building for galleries, it has gathered international galleries, restaurants, retail brands and resting space all built in one, and became the new landmark in the local art world.
While the 24 storeys H Queen’s has become a hot topic recently as it is an art-themed integrated commercial building, there’re five renowned galleries, both local and international, inaugurated in “Arts Month”, including Galerie Ora-Ora, Hauser & Wirth, Pace Gallery, Pearl Lam Galleries and White Stone Gallery. Alongside with Tang Contemporary and David Zwirner which opened in last December and this January respectively, it is rare to see seven galleries assembled in one commercial building.
The other local famous art gallery, Galerie Ora-Ora will move into 17thfloor. Henrietta Tsui-Leung as one of the founders of the gallery, believes that its location at Queen’s Road Central is attractive since it’s convenient for transportation. She also believes that the design of the building matches the requirement of the galleries, while neighbouring the other famous galleries brings more opportunities to cooperate. “I’m not sure whether this kind of pattern will become a trend since the commercial and industrial buildings differ in rent in different parts of Hong Kong, and that offers different forms of art markets. However, it’d be the best if there’re enough artworks created to form a market. If this kind of pattern becomes the mainstream in Central, it would create a synergistic effect, bringing the local and oversea galleries together, which ultimately would benefit the art market.”