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COOL ART GALLERIES IN HONG KONG


MADHOUSE GALLERY
G/F & Mezzanine 8-10 Kau U Fong NoHo, Central
2815-6007
www.madhouse.com.hk

Hiphongkong's favorite art gallery is the relatively new Madhouse Contemporary Art Gallery. Not only is it fortunate to have a unique location on a quaint alley in NoHo, but it has a cool website, a European loft-like facade and inside, the sparse spacious gallery features two floors of bright young contemporary art. Everytime we visit, there's something we'd love to buy if only we had the wall space. Madhouse shows up-and-coming and established artists from around the region and occasionally from Europe. The space is edgy yet sophisticated and it has been used for private parties and pop-up shops for designer brands like Chanel and YSL.


CAT STREET GALLERY
222 Hollywood Road Sheung Wan HK
2291-0006
www.thecatstreetgallery.com
 

One of the coolest galleries in Hong Kong, Cat Street Gallery features mostly International artists who are already stars on the global art circuit. (They recently showed the UK artist Stuart Semple. LOVED IT!) Cat Street has an amazing location on the corner of a historical street in Sheung Wan. The gallery, with it's high ceilings, large window panels and interesting view, really has amazing natural light- all the better to view the stunning works of art on display. Cat Street Gallery often hosts opening vernissages and from time to time they also have exhibitions from jewelry designers and the like.


SCHOENI ART GALLERY
G/F, 21-31 Old Bailey Street, Central
2869-8802
www.schoeni.com.hk

Schoeni Gallery was created by Manfred Schoeni in 1992. His dream and vision was to devote his life to art. Nicole Schoeni, Manfred's daughter, now curates the gallery. At the top of a steep street in SoHo with over 3000 square feet of exhibition space, Schoeni is one of the biggest and best art galleries in Hong Kong (There's also a sattellite locaton on Hollwood Road by the escalalator). 

The gallery is well lit, incredibly spacious and even has a lounge area in the back. During the annual artwalk, this place is one of the most heavily trafficked. In the past, they have featured renowned artists in the Modern China Art market and collaborated with big brands like Shanghai Tang. They've also has partnerships with MKM Museum Küppersmühle, Germany. Currently they are partnering with Adapta Gallery to bring over new Urban Contemporary artists that are up-and-coming.
See photos from the last Adapta vernissage which featured a 10 artist collective, including one of our favorite expat street artists L1ES One.


OOI BOTOS GALLERY

5 Gresson Street, Wan Chai
2527- 9733
www.ooibotos.com

Ooi Botos has a rebellious underground location in a bustling market alleyway in Wanchai. It's not a suprise that the gallery is co-owned by Joanne Ooi, ex-creative fashion director turned pollution activist. If you don't know exactly where it is, you might walk past it's unassuming yet striking red facade. (The massive plastic facade is a work of art in itself!) Though narrow, the gallery spans two floors and makes the most of it's space. Ooi Botos Gallery mostly explores photography as a modern art form.


WELLINGTON ART GALLERY
G/F 36 Wyndham Street Central
2804-6688
www.wellingtongallery.com.hk

Though it has an incongruous location on the commercial drinking and party strip at the end of Wyndham street, this narrow gallery shows some of the most interesting contemporary art to be found in Hong Kong. Wellington Gallery has several distinct spaces: a forward area with looks out onto Wyndham street, a mysterious back area with black panels and a rotating wall which opens out onto a charming patio area. There's also the second floor. There's a heavy focues on brightly colored or military-inspired pop-art. We are loving the Korean artist Yoon Gi Won who has painted big renditions of his friends in bold bright colors. Wellington Gallery exhibits many of the renowned artists on the China art scene and also features sculptures.


UFO GALLERY
G/F 39 Graham Street, Central
2151-3772
www.ufoartgallery.com
 

This small gallery is located on a cool narrow alley in Central. UFO Gallery features affordable street art by international artists as well as up-and-coming local artists and sculptors. Thre are often events here like pop-up shops and opening vernissages. The gallery draws quite the funky crowd. They are currently showing 'Heimat' (loosely translated to Homeland) an exhibition by Stefan Strumble-an artist from Germany who is a luminary on the European art scene.


NO BORDERS
39 Aberdeen Street, Central
2517-6003
www.nobordersart.com

Managing Director Alina Dickey and Head Curator Christian Keith's philosophy with No Borders is to connect young people who are new to the art market with up-and-coming artists who will become big names in future.

Mostly importantly, visitors to the gallery will see contemporary art they'll like and want to hang in their homes. The prices of the works of art are affordable. No Border's goal is to be different and add excitement to the art scene in Hong Kong. The gallery's mission is to showcase international contemporary art with a bit of a "street" or "hip-hop" attitude.

From Dec.12 through January 12, 2010 No Borders Art has show of Scrawl Collective "Over The Wall".


10 Chancery Lane
G/F 10 Chancery Lane Soho
2810-0065
www.10chancerylanegallery.com

10 Chancery Lane Gallery opened its doors in May 2001. The gallery focuses on both established and emerging artists from around the world. We are committed to giving a breath of fresh air to the Hong Kong art scene by bringing works that can expand horizons, open minds and view the world and life in general through various different eyes, ideas and souls. The believe that art is not just decoration for our walls but a connection with our deep inner selves and the world around us.

Katie de Tilly, owner of the gallery, also exclusively represents expat artist Simon Birch who gained artistic celebrity here in Hong Kong. 10 Chancery lane also has a sattelite gallery in Chai Wan and always stages some very interesting performances at the yearly art fair.


Agnes B
1/F, 18 Wing Fung Street, Wanchai
2869 5505
Mon-Sat 11:30am-8pm

Conceived by Agnès as "a space that permits us to enter and experience the other unseen and sometimes hidden sides of life's emotions and events", this is the only Agnès b. gallery outside Paris. A dynamic space for the exhibition of international art – from photography and painting to sculpture, installation art, video and much more – it also offers local artists a chance to showcase their work. In so doing, the agnès b.'s LIBRAIRIE GALERIE is helping to transform and enrich the local art scene in order to create new opportunities for people form all walks of life to discover, interact and appreciate art.


Plum Blossoms Gallery
Shop G6, 1 Hollywood Road, Central
2521 2189
www.plumblossoms.com

Established in Hong Kong in 1987, Plum Blossoms Gallery is home to museum quality ancient textiles and ground-breaking exhibitions of Contemporary Asian art. This versatile gallery promotes everything from ancient art ti modern art to photography and sculptures. They have and advisory and consultancy services for textiles and paintings have assisted in the building of important private and corporate collections.


Connoiseur Contemporary
Shop G4, 1 Hollywood Road Central
3521-0300
www.connoisseurcontemporary.com

This small gallery kind of feels like a fishbowl since it has floor to ceiling windows and looks directly onto the bustling part of Hollywood Road, however, they show very interesting Contemporary Art and we like how the one long Chinese table with two chairs at the helm of the gallery juxtaposes to the modern feel.


INTERESTING ART LINKS

http://www.oneaspace.org.hk/
http://www.hongkongartfair.com/
http://www.hongkongartwalk.com/
http://www.hongkonggalleries.org/
http://www.hkgalleryguide.com
http://www.artinasia.com

 

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