Museum Founder Douglas So Shares His Favorite Things on artnet Galleries Right Now

We also caught up with him about his favorite new artist and his ideal way to spend a Friday.

Douglas So.

A museum founder, a gallerist, and a photography enthusiast: Douglas So truly does it all. The corporate lawyer-turned-photography fanatic is a fiercely dedicated patron of the arts in Hong Kong and beyond.

As the creator of the F11 Foto Museum, he’s committed to promoting the conservation of photography’s history. And he has a personal connection with the museum space: when he was young, Douglas would walk past the 1930s Art Deco building in Happy Valley, Hong Kong, and admire it. At the museum, Douglas aims to share the history of cameras and photography with people who come to visit, and he hopes one day to start a foundation to support young photographers.

In addition to his packed schedule at the museum, Douglas has two photography galleries—f22 foto space in Hong Kong and Galerie f16 in Paris—which provide professional advice to photo collectors. As if that weren’t enough to keep anyone busy, he also currently serves on the board of multiple major arts organizations in Hong Kong.

Because of his status as a fixture in the contemporary art world, we were excited to chat with Douglas about everything from his favorite new artist to his picks of artworks up now on artnet Galleries.

Douglas’s Gallery Picks

Our Unfinished Revolution
Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder, Our Unfinished Revolution (1976). Courtesy of Boccara Art.

Glenn Ligon

Glenn Ligon, America (2015). Courtesy of Lougher Contemporary.

Sunny in haute-couture on my sofa, Paris
Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin, Sunny in haute-couture on my sofa, Paris (2008). Courtesy of Wilde.

Donald Judd

Donald Judd, Untitled (1961–69). Courtesy of Galerie Ziegler SA.

Fortuna e Sfortuna
Alighiero Boetti

Alighiero Boetti, Fortuna e Sfortuna (1991). Courtesy of Ben Brown Fine Arts.

Coca Cola Girl (Cutout)
Alex Katz

Alex Katz, Coca Cola Girl (Cutout) (2019). Courtesy of Maune Contemporary.

Purple Rain
Bettina Scholz

Bettina Scholz, Purple Rain (2019). Courtesy of Setareh.

Scattered 25x (Marathon)
Jim Campbell

Jim Campbell, Scattered 25x (Marathon) (2016). Courtesy of Hosfelt Gallery.


New artist: Mar Sáez

Piece at the Met: Walker Evans’s Penny Picture Display, Savannah (1936)

Flavor of ice cream: Black coconut

Shoes to wear while gallery-hopping: Tod’s sneakers

Way to spend a Friday night: Curry and prosecco at my favorite Irish pub

Emoji: ?

Meal in the last city you visited: A restaurant called Field in Prague

Way to pass time on long flights: Sleep!

Destination on your bucket list: South America

Travel partner: My love

Way to unwind after a long trip: A nice haircut

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