Published: 5:15 pm, 21 Feb, 2022
Conceptual art the focus of couple’s new gallery in Hong Kong, particularly the works of women and queer artists
‘We were fed up with the status quo,’ says Willem Molesworth of his and Ysabelle Cheung’s decision to open their own art gallery in Causeway Bay
Meanwhile, Rossi & Rossi gallery is back in Wong Chuk Hang, alongside the new Hong Kong branch of New York’s Denny Dimin Gallery
Two more galleries open in Wong Chuk Hang
Cheung and Molesworth are not the only people opening a new commercial art space in Hong Kong.
Fabio Rossi, who moved his gallery, Rossi & Rossi, out of Wong Chuk Hang in 2021, is now back in the neighbourhood. “It was always my intention to reopen a space in Wong Chuk Hang after closing the one in Yally Industrial Building. I firmly believe this is one of, if not the, most pre-eminent art districts in Hong Kong,” he says.
“Our new space will allows us to stage comprehensive solo exhibitions of the artists that we represent. Though there is no denying that we still live in challenging times, Hong Kong is and will remain the foremost art centre in Asia; the recent opening of M+, the magnificent museum of visual culture, is further proof of that.”
Rossi & Rossi has a new neighbour in the Denny Dimin Gallery. The New York gallery’s co-founder Katie Alice has been living in Hong Kong since 2017 and had run an offshoot of the gallery in an apartment since 2019. The time has come for a more permanent presence, she says.
“Through the pandemic Hong Kong has found a new way to nurture the local and international art scene which connects with what we’re about as a gallery, particularly the area of Wong Chuk Hang which has a strong community and reputation as a destination for art and culture,” Alice says.
Rossi & Rossi, 11/F, M Place, 54 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang (by appointment only).
Denny Dimin Gallery, Unit 612, Remex Center, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, 12-6pm, Wed-Sat.