An Insider's Guide into the Hong Kong Art Scene
By Josine Timmermans – Galerie Perrotin is hidden on the 17th floor of the Agricultural Bank of China building on busy Connaught Road. When passing by you would not expect to find such a well-designed and spacious gallery with beautiful views of Victoria Harbour and Kowloon. Galerie Perrotin is one of the top Contemporary Art galleries in France and opened the gallery in Hong Kong in June this year. The company will open a branch in New York in 2013. Currently exhibited are two female artists, Aya Takano and Bharti Kher.
The show by Bharti Kher, named “Many, (too) many, more than before”, includes paintings as well as statues. The statues are made from saris that have been knotted and impregnated with glaze resin to erect them as statues on cement pedestals. The saris are frozen in time and give a sense of a person but nobody’s there. The paintings of Bharti Kher are covered by bindis, the symbol of the third eye. The works reflect by their patterns different sciences like biology, physics, chemistry, geography, history and psychology.
Aya Takano is a painter, artist, creator of Mangas and author of science-fiction novels. She belongs tot the KaiKai artistic production studio created by Takashi Murakami in 2001. Takano’s show “Heaven is inside of you” includes paintings and drawings that depict primitive life, daily life and heaven. The primitive life is captured in her drawings of her alter ego exploring different landscapes in every continent dressed in traditional costumes. The paintings of daily life and heaven show figures with big dark eyes in landscapes and urban settings, with a subtle use of light and shaded colours.
Both exhibitions can be viewed until 29 December 2012. Galerie Perrotin is open from Tuesday to Saturday 11am – 8pm.
Address: 50 Connaught Road Central, 17th floor. Telephone: +852 37582180