The gallery will move to a new residential and cultural district built by Adrian Cheng, a billionaire collector.
Emmanuel Perrotin, a French dealer, is closing his exhibition space at 50 Connaught Road Central in Hong Kong and shifting to the island’s Kowloon Peninsula.
Perrotin was one of the first foreign galleries to open a city space, inaugurating his Central District Asian outpost in 2012. The new gallery, due to open in March, is situated in the same building as the Rosewood hotel in the Kowloon district of Victoria Dockside, Hong Kong.
“It’s not a smaller space, it’s similar to the one we currently have in Hong Kong. The surface area of the new space will be divided into two spaces: desks [office] space and exhibitions space,” explains a spokeswoman.
“The move has nothing to do with the umbrella [anti-government protests],” Perrotin told The Art Newspaper France, our sister newspaper. “This is an earlier plan that came to a head when we decided to open a large space in Shanghai late 2018 where we could simultaneously organize multiple shows.”
The gallery is part of a growing cultural and retail district founded by Hong Kong’s billionaire collector Adrian Cheng’s New World Development conglomerate.
The site includes the K11 Museum of Cheng, which is described as a “cultural-retail destination” on the company website. The businessman aims to make K11 Musea the “silicon valley of culture that inspires millennials around the world.”
“We wanted to move closer to this new area where K11, the Rosewood hotel, the M+ museum, and luxury apartments are found, and where wealthy Chinese clients are based,” Perrotin added.
In the meantime, other commercial galleries are taking stock of the Hong Kong situation.
Says a spokeswoman for the gallery. Hauser & Wirth was due to open a show of works by the US photographer Annie Leibovitz on 23 November, but cancelled it a few days before the opening. “The next exhibition in Hong Kong, after the current group shows Gallery Artists, until 21 December, is Lorna Simpson which opens on 16 March,”
During next year’s Art Basel in Hong Kong (March 19-21), David Zwirner will present a show of works by Luc Tuymans. White Cube gallery for its Hong Kong space has yet to announce its 2020 exhibition schedules.
Crucially, Art Basel Hong Kong is still going forward, says a fair spokesman, who says there are “no plans to relocate or cancel our show in 2020.”
For almost six months, Hong Kong has been wrapped up in escalating violence in pro-democracy protests. Earlier this month, as university campuses were besieged by police firing tear gas, rubber bullets, bean bag rounds, and sponge grenades, the protests sparked by the now-withdrawn Hong Kong extradition bill fell into chaos.


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