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Top Ten Art Galleries

Hong Kong has long since shed its reputation of being some sort of cultural wasteland in the international arts front. We’ve grown and evolved into a globally recognized fine art and design hub—and now, at long last, we can finally point our chins skyward alongside our artistically inclined counterparts the world over. Check out some of the more influential players in the scene, if you haven’t already.

By Derek Bullen | Mar 08, 2012

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Saamlung Gallery

Reputable and renowned art curator Robin Peckham has masterminded a success in this relatively new full-service gallery. According to Peckham, Saamlung fills a niche that Hong Kong had been sorely lacking prior to its arrival: an internationally oriented, independently operated art resource. The gallery’s success so far is a testament to the management team behind it and their discerning artistic taste.
Tues-Fri, 11-7pm, Sat 12-6pm
26/F, Two Chinachem Plaza, 68 Connaught Rd., Central, 5181-5156, www.saamlung.com

Osage Gallery

Not strictly a gallery, the organization Osage Sigma does event-oriented, multi-sensory-exhibition-style presentations of contemporary art media—sometimes live, sometimes interactive. It’s a little of what Hong Kong’s art scene was once lacking. Osage Gallery is located in Central, but Sigma events take place anywhere.
Mon-Sat, 10:30am-7:30pm, Sun 12:00-5:00pm
45 Caine Road, Lower Ground Shop 1, Corner Old Bailey St., Central, 2537-0688, www.osagesigma.com

Ben Brown Fine Arts

This high-end gallery has a sister in London and operates under strict standards of sophistication. It’s safe to say that Ben Brown has never failed to satisfy even the pickiest of Hong Kong’s art connoisseurs. Recently renovated, if you’ve been before it’s certainly worth another gander.
Tues-Sat, 11am-7pm
301 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder St., Central, 2522-9600, www.benbrownfinearts.com

Gagosian Gallery

The international giant has already made a splash in the local arts scene by putting on shows by big-name types like Damien Hirst and Roy Lichtenstein. It should definitely be on any self-respecting art lover’s “to visit” list.
Tues-Sat, 11am-7pm
7/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder St., Central, 2151-0555, www.gagosian.com

Blindspot Gallery

Dedicated primarily to the fine art of photography, Blindspot Gallery features both established and emerging photographers and artists, mainly local but occasionally from overseas, too. Check out the Blindspot Annex located in Aberdeen for larger and more industrial exhibition space.
Tue-Sat, 11am-7pm
24-26A, Aberdeen St., Central, 2517-6238, www.blindspotgallery.com

Para/Site Art Space

With an ambitious 10 exhibits per year, Para/Site Art Space is never going to feel stagnant. A non-profit organization, Para/Site boasts of having the smallest exhibition site in Central besides its Sheung Wan location. Para/Site is one of only a handful of galleries that are willing to push the envelope to great and unexpected extents.
Tue-Sun, 12-7pm
G/F, 4 Po Yan St., Sheung Wan, 2517-4620, www.para-site.org.hk

Cat Street Gallery

There’re handfuls of galleries around Sheung Wan, but the sleek and modern Cat Street Gallery has made this side of Central its home. With three locations and the cutting-edge art they have on offer, this cat’s street cred is growing exponentially.
Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm
222 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan, 2291-0006, www.thecatstreetgallery.com

Madhouse

Contemporary art space and agency Madhouse organizes four to five exhibitions annually. Their spacious gallery is located in Chai Wan, in what they claim is Hong Kong’s most bona-fide factory art district. Featuring two floors of bright, new contemporary art, take the time to see if their claim to fame stands.
Tues-Sat 10am to 7pm
Room 804, 8/F, Cornell Centre, 50 Wing Tai Rd., Chai Wan, 2815-6007, www.madhouse.com.hk

ArtisTree

The building Island East is an entire business district within one epic skyscraper, but also dedicates itself to the arts and the environment. Local and internationally sourced works are on permanent display throughout the office lobbies and are fully accessible to the public.
Tues-Sun, 10am-8pm
1/F, Cornwall House, 979 King's Rd., Tai Koo, 2844-5059, www.islandeast.com

1a Space

1a Space is subsidized by the government and operates through donations and outside grants—as members of the Hong Kong public, we’re practically obligated to check up on them periodically. That said, this is actually one of Hong Kong’s larger and more mature independent art organizations. Expect the highest standards and a wide, diverse collection of works on display.
Tue-Sun and public holidays 11am-7pm
Unit 14, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Rd., To Kwa Wan, 2529-0087, www.oneaspace.org.hk

 

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