In efforts to tap into the lucrative Asian art market, international galleries are flocking to Hong Kong. New York’s Lehmann Maupin Gallery is the latest arrival to the city, with a new address in one of the city’s most iconic buildings. Located in Central, the neo-classical Pedder building dates back to 1923, and is the last surviving pre-war building in the area. Pritzker-prize winning architect Rem Koolhaas and his firm OMA were charged with the gallery’s renovation.
The inaugural solo exhibition, which runs from March 14 through May 11, spotlights Lee Bul, one of Asia’s leading female artists who has gained international fame through her mastery of diverse media. While the Korean artist is widely known for her inventive sculptures, the exhibition will also showcase a variety of her drawings and sketches.
Of her creative process, Lee Bul has said, “I start to sketch or just write about my ideas and put them up all over my wall in my studio, and everyday I watch this grow into a map of ideas until one day I think, ‘Maybe I can make this more concrete and specific.’” Several of Lee’s new sculptures, crafted by hand from polyurethane, will also be on display.
A second show, “Writings without Borders”, is scheduled for May, to coincide with the first edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong. The exhibit will compare different ways Eastern and Western artists use writing and language in their work.