Powerhouse Pearl Lam Opens New Gallery in Hong Kong

An exhibition of Ren Ri's beeswax sculptures will inaugurate Pearl Lam's new Hong Kong gallery. Image by Zoe Li.

Chinese gallerist Pearl Lam is opening a second gallery in Hong Kong, dedicated to the work of emerging artists and designers.

The new two-storey space is at SOHO 189, a sharp-looking modern apartment building that opened last year in the Sheung Wan district. Sitting in one of Hong Kong’s oldest neighbourhoods, the high-rise is surrounded by historical shophouses and quiet residential complexes. It is a little further west from the Hollywood Road gallery hub, giving it a destination feel.

But there might be another hub in the making. Two other galleries have also opened in the same building: Shanghai’s Leo Gallery has chosen the building for their Hong Kong outpost and Jane Chao’s Galerie Huit has relocated there while their original Wanchai space will transform into Maison Huit, promoting lifestyle products.

Pearl Lam will inaugurate her new space with a solo exhibition of beeswax sculptures by Beijing-based artist Ren Ri, curated by David Ho Yeung Chan. Opening on March 11, the show highlights Lam’s support for young Chinese artists. Born in 1984, Ren creates beeswax sculptures by removing the artist’s subjectivity and allowing bees, nature, and chance to take over the creation process.

“I have long been a major supporter of emerging artists and international designers—the second space will give further scope to this dedication, allowing the galleries to champion artists who deserve the opportunity to be seen on a major platform,” says Lam.

Meanwhile, art fans are looking forward to seeing Zhu Jinshi’s large-scale work “Boat,” brought to Hong Kong by Pearl Lam Galleries. The 18-meter-long, 7-meter-high installation of traditional xuan paper will be unveiled at the Exchange Square Rotunda on March 9.

Lam’s first Hong Kong gallery remains in the Pedder Building in Central district. She also has a space in Shanghai and at Singapore’s Gilman Barracks.

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