Yung Hee Kim Hosts the Opening of the Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery with a Chinese New Year Celebration Stylized by DI MONDO

How many openings have you been to with a surprise dragon dance?

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Philippe Hoerle-Guggenheim, Yung Hee Kim, Di Mondo and Eric Javits.
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Di Mondo.
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Yung Hee Kim.Photo: courtesy Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery.
Yung Hee Kim.
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Polina Proshkina.
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Philippe Hoerle-Guggenheim, Di Mondo, Benjamin Genocchio, and Marie Lippman.
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Rick Friedberg, Francine LeFrak and Philippe Hoerle-Guggenheim.
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Austin Scarlett and Veronica Kelly.
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Jacob Pabst, Sophie Neuendorf, Philippe Hoerle-Guggenheim.
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Monica Sordo, Alyson Cafiero, Yung Hee Kim and Di Mondo with dragon dancers.
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Dragon dancers at Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery.
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Dragon dance at Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery.
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RETNA Secrets of Time (2014).
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The Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery marked its opening in style with a beautifully curated Chinese New Year celebration. The festivities included a traditional dragon dance set against the backdrop of expansive RETNA canvases, and a dinner with fortune cookies.

Gallery director Philippe Hoerle-Guggenheim and NY Projects president Yung Hee Kim greeted guests to this Chinese carnival, which was stylized by New York fashion icon Di Mondo.

What: Celebrating the opening of Chelsea newcomer, Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery, and an upcoming RETNA exhibition, in a Chinese New Year-themed extravaganza.

When: February 6, 2015

Where: The evening preamble included a reception and surprise dragon dance at the Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery followed by a charming dinner at the Red Cat.

Who: The crowd was filled with art world heavyweights including Hirshhorn director Melissa Chiu, designer Vivienne Tam, Andy Warhol Museum director Eric Shiner, artnet News editor Benjamin Genocchio, designer Austin Scarlett, artnet’s Jacob Pabst and Sophie Neuendorf, Kevin Doyle of Sotheby’s, Francine LeFrak, Polina Proshkina, Lisa Chanos, Yana Balan, Emily Newhouse, Lavinia Branca Snyder, Susan Shin, and hat-designer Eric Javits.

Why: Having just launched the new space, Hoerle-Guggenheim felt it appropriate to celebrate its inception with a colorful Chinese circus.

The Moment: Dragon dancers storm the gallery halls to the awe of guests and a flurry of flashes from smartphone cameras.

Exhibition: RETNA’s upcoming exhibition at Hoerle-Guggenheim opens this Thursday, February 12 and runs through March 12.

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