From the Lower East Side to the Far East

From the Lower East Side to the Far East

Installed snugly – and somewhat unexpectedly – amid Hong Kong’s glassy skyscrapers is the understated Pedder Building, one of the last remaining examples of 1920s neo-classical architecture in what has become an increasingly flash and futuristic-looking metropolis.

The historic building has served as home to a number of trades over the years, but now it’s found a new purpose: accommodating some of the leading names of the city’s burgeoning art scene. In March this year, the Lehmann Maupin Gallery, one of New York’s biggest commercial outfits, will join The Gagosian and other revered members of the Western art world when it opens in the pre-war building, its first exhibition space outside the USA.

Founders Rachel Lehmann and David Maupin have drafted in Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and his firm, OMA, to give the soon-to-be gallery space an aesthetic overhaul, and lined up the work of Korean artist Lee Bul to show at its first inaugural exhibition. Bul works in an array of media, but the upcoming show will primarily exhibit her drawings alongside a display of two new pieces of painted sculpture, marking the first time the artist has shown work fusing the two materials.

To coincide with Art Basel, Hong Kong, the gallery’s second show will take place in May 2013 and will seek to explore how language and writing is represented in contemporary art. Works by Tracey Emin, Teresita Fernandez, Shirazeh Houshiary and Robin Rhode will aim to collectively express how artists are able to utilise a linguistic cornucopia of calligraphy, words, alphabets, signs and phrases to communicate ideas and make cultural connections with other countries.

Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Hong Kong, opens on 14 March 2013. For more information visit

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