Art Basel in Hong Kong 2017


Art Basel in Hong Kong 2017 Stand 1D15

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre


Private view: 21 March 2017 – 22 March 2017

Vernissage: 22 March 2017

Public Days: 23 March 2017 – 25 March 2017

SU XIAOBAI b. 1949 Spacious空曠, 2016 Oil and lacquer on linen and wood 170 x 186 x 11 cm

SU XIAOBAI b. 1949, Spacious, 2016, Oil and lacquer on linen and wood, 170 x 186 x 11 cm


Hong Kong—Pearl Lam Galleries is delighted to participate in Art Basel in Hong Kong for the fifth time. For this edition, the Galleries will be exhibiting across two sectors, the Encounters sector and the main Galleries sector. In addition, two exhibitions will be opening during the week of Art Basel in Hong Kong at the Galleries’ Hong Kong exhibition spaces at the Pedder Building and SOHO 189.


‘Drops: KIM TSCHANG-YEUL solo exhibition’
Pearl Lam Galleries, Pedder Building
21 March–10 May, 2017
Opening reception: Monday, 20 March, 5–9pm

Pearl Lam Galleries will present its first solo exhibition by post-war Korean artist Kim Tschang-Yeul (b. 1929, Maengsan, Korea). Kim is regarded as one of the most influential figures in Korea’s modern art history and is renowned for his “waterdrop” paintings. The exhibition will feature pieces from this signature series from the 1970s through to the present, which reflect his personal experiences, such as poverty, love, wars, and pain. Through the continued act of painting water drops, Kim is able to erase traumatic memories of the tragedy of the Korean War (1950–53).

‘Bread, Circuses & WiFi’
Pearl Lam Galleries, SOHO 189
21 March–May, 2017
Opening night with SOHO community: Friday, 17 March 2017
Opening reception: Monday, 20 March, 5–9pm

Pearl Lam Galleries’ SOHO 189 space will present Bread, Circuses & WiFi, a project by artists Thukral & Tagra. The title “Bread and Circuses”, aka “panem et circuses”, refers to the Roman practice of providing free wheat to Roman citizens as well as spectacular games and other forms of entertainment as a means of gaining political power. Applying this logic to critique the new art economy, Thukral and Tagra probe the very authority that curates entertainment in spectacular and repeated regular intervals. The work will explore and propose connections between bread, circuses, and WiFi.

Indian artists Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra work collaboratively in a wide variety of media including painting, sculpture, installation, film, and design. They blur the lines between fine art and popular culture, product placement and exhibition design, as well as artistic inspiration and media hype.


Stand 1D15, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
23–25 March, 2017

Pearl Lam Galleries will once again participate in the prestigious Galleries sector of the show, premiering artworks by important international artists, some of whom include Chinese artists Li Tianbing (b. 1974), Su Xiaobai (b. 1949), and Zhu Jinshi (b. 1954); Korean artist Kim Tschang-Yeul (b. 1929); and Tibetan artist Gonkar Gyatso (b. 1961) The full list of artists will be revealed closer to the fair date.

Encounters 09, Level 3, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
23–25 March, 2017

Encounters is a unique platform dedicated to presenting large-scale sculptural installations and performances that transcend the traditional art fair stand. In this sector, Pearl Lam Galleries is proud to present Family Album, a new work by London-based Tibetan artist Gonkar Gyatso (b. 1961). Family Album is an attempt to reveal the complexity of “Identity”, particularly from a Tibetan cultural perspective. In this work, 17 of Gyatso’s family members appear as cut-out figures, lining what resembles a catwalk. The cut-outs are dressed for a variety of settings—work, traditional, holiday, and personal costumes are on display. A new story of “Tibet” will be told to examine how a once remote culture has become a part of a globalising world, and how contemporary culture is tightly linked with the fashion and pop culture of the West and China.