ABOUT CONVERGENCE

CONVERGENCE delineates a new space centering on a style and spirit inspired by Chinese culture. Together, Maria Kiang Chinese Art, Chelesa Art and Adrian Choi Design Studio / 88 Gallery, have curated a selection of works to exemplify the best in their respective fields. The exhibited collection allows for audiences to appreciate each piece independently, highlighting their singular quality, yet their juxtapositions also allow for a sophisticated reading of a poetic mosaic. 

 

Chinese works of art specialist, Maria Kiang, has selected as many as forty pieces ranging from the Neolithic Period to the Qing dynasty. Among her celebrated pieces are imperial and literati scholar’s objects, ceramics, jades, sculptures and Buddhist art. Kiang’s displays pay tribute to the diversity and variety found in over five thousand years of Chinese history. These objects serve as anchors throughout the exhibition allowing viewers to draw new correspondences between past and present.

 

These rare works of art are complemented by a solo-exhibition of Ren Zhong (b. 1976). Showcasing a myriad of styles and subjects to perfection through his exceptional skill, Ren’s paintings reiterate the motifs and subjects of the Song and Yuan dynasties. Nationally lauded for his raw talent and dynamism, Ren echoes the genius of Zhang Daqian, channeling the same spirit and refinement onto traditional mediums such as Japanese silk and ink paper. From figurative to landscape, Ren brilliantly manages to rediscover the traditions of ink painting whilst evoking his personal touch, “to him, tracing the masters is merely a process — the goal is to invent and transform”. Represented by Chelesa Art, this unique showcase will be the artist’s first solo-exhibition in Hong Kong.

 

Design specialist Adrian Choi (88 Gallery) showcases the best of 20th century design through the historic pieces from Adrian Choi Design Studio, Robert Goossens and contemporary artists such as Ado Chale and Roberto Rida. The assemblage of European design with Chinese art and antiques reframes how the audience experiences these diverse cultural artefacts. From a Gabrielle Chanel commissioned mirror to imperial works of Chinese art, the visual expression of every piece is heightened to astonishing effect. Through the medium of design, viewers are offered the chance to open new dialogues and are given a fresh perspective to Chinese art.

 

CONVERGENCE pushes the boundaries of conventional expression for Chinese art and culture. From archaic jades to ink paintings and gilt-bronze mirrors, each work asks their viewer to ponder the trajectories and intersections of art, design and antiques. Combining various forms of art and artistry, CONVERGENCE plays on a unique creativity seeking to challenge and transform old perceptions. The exhibition invites us to (re)discover new affinities transcending the traditional scope of art.

ADRIAN CHOI

DESIGN STUDIO

(88 GALLERY PARIS | HONG KONG)

T: +852 9358 0345

E: adrian@88-gallery.net

www.88gallerydesign.com

 

 

Born in 1988, Choi moved to Paris in 1995 and completed his education in London. He began his trade as a gallerist, specialising in Collectible Design from art-deco through to mid-century and modern works of art. Representing a number of established artists, his ongoing relationships with them has led him to help produce unique and limited edition pieces and establish them in the collectible design market.   

With a firm base of expertise in design, Choi returned to Hong Kong in 2013 to set up 88 gallery Paris | Hong Kong and continue to pursue the production and research of new works. From the old imperial kiln sites in Jingdezhen to turquoise mines in Henan, Choi has discovered and brought together a unique combination of highly skilled resources to challenge the most complex demands of any creation.

 

Choi’s influences are drawn from historical designers such as Jean-Michel Frank, Eugene Printz bringing together their refined aesthetics and incorporating ethnic and cultural elements to his work. Whilst these ancestral qualities are deeply rooted into his designs, they are also backed by an avant-garde and modern expression.


Adrian Choi Design Studio was established in 2019 and began producing unique and limited edition works. In the same year, the studio launched its first collection of functional artworks named ‘Erlitou’.

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MARIA KIANG | Chinese Art

T: +852 9761 4961

E: info@mariakiangchineseart.com

www.mariakiangchineseart.com

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HONG KONG

Since establishing her business in 2006, Maria Kiang has established herself as a leading authority in the field of Chinese scholar’s objects, Buddhist art and Song ceramics. She has developed an influential client list that includes such names as Ai Wei Wei, Zeng Fanzhi, Wang Zhongjun and Zhang Hanyu. 

 

Kiang studied Chinese art and Indian art under the British Museum and SOAS programme in London, and holds a Master’s degree in Chinese art and archaeology from SOAS. She exhibits regularly in Hong Kong, New York and Beijing, and works closely with the world’s leading museums and institutions, from The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore.

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 T: +852 9739 9138 

E:  info@chelesa.com.hk

www.chelesa.com.hk

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Founded by Siu Fai Lung in 1978, Chelesa Art specialises in the promotion of the deep cultural lineage of Chinese ink art and the continuation of this invaluable tradition for over 40 years. In 2000, Chelesa Art opened its second location in Wukang Mansion, a heritage building in the former French Concession area of Shanghai, in an effort to increase the presence and reach of the ink discipline in Chinese art.

A trailblazer in the 1970s, Chelesa Art was one of the rare few galleries in Hong Kong that focused on ink art practices. Chiefly representing artists from the Shanghai School, the gallery collaborated with giants of the 20th century art world such as Lu Yanshao, Chen Peiqiu, Zhu Qizhan, Liu Haisu, Cheng Shifa, and Xie Zhiguang. Moreover, the gallery team’s intimate knowledge of the secondary market enables them to incisively analyse market trends and provide collectors with personalised collection strategies. Servicing both seasoned and young collectors, Chelesa Art offers insightful consultations for auctions and private sales that are tailored to the clients’ individual needs. Numerous works by masters such as Bada Shanren, Zhang Daqian, Qi Baishi, Wu Guanzhong, Huang Binhong, Pan Tianshou, Lin Fengmian, Li Keran, Fu Baoshi and Wu Changshuo have been successfully acquired for collectors through the expert advice of Chelesa Art.

 

Director Angel Siu formally joined the Chelesa Art team in 2012. Not only does she continue to uphold the founding principles and mission of the gallery, she also infuses Chelesa Art with new blood — Siu vigorously participates in art fairs both locally and internationally. She is frequently seen in media coverages and academic discussion forums furthering the understanding of Chinese ink art. In addition, as one of the founding members, Siu also prolifically hosts education programmes such as talks and panel discussions in partnership with Hong Kong Antique and Art Galleries Association in order to increase the public’s interest in traditional Chinese ink art.

 

In recent years, Chelesa Art collaborates extensively with a new generation of ink artists in preparation for a series of exhibitions in both China and overseas to explore the boundless possibilities of contemporary ink art.

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