Demonstrating their commitment to the Asian market, Sotheby’s has just announced they will open a new exhibition space in Hong Kong on 19 May 2012. They will open with two exhibitions of blue-chip artworks, one by Japanese contemporary star Yayoi Kusama.

From left to right, Yayoi Kusama, 'Watermelon', 2008, acrylic on canvas; 'Nets No. 3', 1997, oil on canvas; 'Nets No. 50', 1997, oil on canvas. Image courtesy of Ota Fine Arts.


From the press release,



Bringing An Unprecedented Year-Round Sotheby’s Experience To Asia

– A Testament To Sotheby’s Commitment To The Region –

– Announcing A Series of Important Exhibitions To Inaugurate Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery –


Hong Kong, 30 March 2012: Sotheby’s is delighted to announce that it will unveil its newly-constructed state-of-the art gallery space in Hong Kong on 19 May, 2012, with opening exhibitions running through the end of May – an exciting month filled with international cultural events in Hong Kong. Comprising the entire 5th Floor of One Pacific Place – over 15,000 square feet – this facility will allow Sotheby’s to significantly expand its business in Asia beyond its traditional twice-annual series of auctions in April and October. This expansion is a response to the exponential growth in the Asian art market over the past few years, and is testament to Sotheby’s commitment to Asia. This unique, flexible space will be unequalled in Hong Kong, and will afford Sotheby’s the opportunity to regularly host auctions, exhibitions, lectures, special events and other cultural programmes throughout the year, offering a new and exciting dimension to the Sotheby’s experience in Asia. The new gallery will also incorporate a permanent Salon for SOTHEBY’S DIAMONDS, a unique partnership between Sotheby’s and the Steinmetz Diamond Group, allowing clients to purchase from the collection throughout the year. The project architects for this new gallery are Richards Basmajian whose numerous achievements include the recent Hong Kong Club refurbishment, The Maritime Museum and many Louis Vuitton Stores in Hong Kong.


EVENT CALENDAR (more details will be available throughout April and May):




YAYOI KUSAMA – Hong Kong Blooms in My Mind

19 to 31 May, 2012


Modern Masters: Corot to Monet – French Landscape Painting In The Nineteenth And Twentieth Centuries

19 to 31 May, 2012



Sotheby’s London’s June Sales of Impressionist & Modern and Contemporary Art

Preview in Hong Kong : 19 to 25 May, 2012

Auction in London : 19 & 20 June 2012 (Impressionist & Modern Art); 26 & 27 June 2012 (Contemporary Art)


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By Brittney

Brittney is a writer, curator and contemporary art gallerist. Born in Singapore and based in New York City, Brittney maintains a deep interest in the contemporary art landscape of Southeast Asia. This is combined with an equally strong interest in contemporary art from the Asian diasporas, alongside the issues of identity, transmigration and global relations.

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