26th March – 2nd April 2019
606 – 607, 6/F Pedder Building
12 Pedder Street
Central, Hong Kong
Opening Reception: 26th March 6-8pm
Press Preview: 26th March 3pm
Regular Opening Hours: 11am-7pm
HONG KONG - Three of Hong Kong’s preeminent galleries representing three distinct fields will present a synthesis of their expertise at Hong Kong Art Week this spring.
Spanning singular Chinese objects, sought-after design and contemporary artist Ren Zhong's first Hong Kong solo exhibition, Convergence represents a first in Hong Kong’s shared art experience: a fusion of modernity and antiquity curated to take the form of a luxurious living space.
The gallerists, Maria Kiang Chinese Art, 88 Gallery and Chelesa Art, have together curated and coordinated a selection of works, each chosen as an exemplar of its respective field. In concert and in situ, the works’ juxtapositions highlight their individual qualities while combining to generate a space of unparalleled sophistication.
Chinese art specialist Maria Kiang will present a wide range of works from the Neolithic Period to the Qing dynasty, spanning up to five thousand years of Chinese history. Among the works exhibited will be a selection of Kiang’s celebrated scholar’s objects, as well as ceramics, jades, sculpture and Buddhist art.
Chinese ink paintings are the domain of Chelesa Art, which will be presenting a selection of works by distinguished contemporary ink artist Ren Zhong (b.1976). Having been showcased throughout China’s most important museums and exhibitions, this will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong.
From design specialists 88 Gallery come historic pieces by Robert Goossens, godson and personal jeweller to Coco Chanel. On view will be chandeliers, tables and mirrors created by Goossens for the homes of icons Coco Chanel and Yves Saint-Laurent. 88 Gallery possesses the exclusive rights to sell Goossens’ work.
The curated works that comprise Convergence will be displayed within a specially constructed space in the historic Pedder Building, located in the heart of Hong Kong’s Central district. Convergence will run from 26th of March to 2rd April 2019, coinciding with Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Central and the Sotheby’s Spring auctions.
Maria Kiang Chinese Art
Since establishing her business in 2006, Maria Kiang has established herself as a leading authority in the field of Chinese scholar’s objects, Buddhist art and Song ceramics. She has developed an influential client list that includes such names as Ai Wei Wei, Zeng Fanzhi, Wang Zhongjun and Zhang Hanyu.
Kiang studied Chinese art and Indian art under the British Museum and SOAS programme in London, and studied her Masters degree in Chinese art and archaeology from SOAS. She exhibits regularly in Hong Kong, New York and Beijing, and works closely with the world’s leading museums and institutions, from The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, to the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore. She holds position as one of the founding members of the Hong Kong Antiques and Art Galleries Association (HKAAGA).
Specializing in modern and contemporary design, 88 Gallery puts a particular emphasis on skilled craftsmanship and precious materials. The gallery holds two spaces, in Paris and in Hong Kong, as well as an atelier in Germany, and their works can be found in respected private collections and museums, including the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
88 Gallery exhibits around world at fairs including PAD (London/Paris), Masterpiece (London), and Art Basel/Design Miami.
One of the foremost names in Chinese 20th century ink painting, Chelesa Art maintains a presence in both Hong Kong and Shanghai. They are known for promoting and exhibiting a stellar roster of artists, including Bada Shanren, Zhang Daqian and Lin Fengmian, as well as showing contemporary ink works from such stars of the discipline as Li Huayi.
Since its establishment in 1978 by Siu Fai Lung, Chelesa Art has published numerous catalogues and organized exhibitions in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Canada and the USA.
HONG KONG ANTIQUES AND ART ASSOCIATION (HKAAGA)
As founding members of the Hong Kong Antiques and Art Galleries Association (HKAAGA), Chelesa Art Director Angel Siu, 88 Gallery director Adrian Choi and Maria Kiang of Maria Kiang | Chinese Art hold talks and lectures throughout the year to raise awareness of and educate on the subject of collecting Arts.