Karin Weber Gallery is proud to introduce its anniversary group show ‘20/20: Celebrating 20 Years at Karin Weber Gallery’ this month. Selected works by twenty artists from almost all over the world come together in the gallery space at 20 Aberdeen Street. Many of the works are bespoke creations for this show and create a snapshot of the history and future of this vibrant contemporary art gallery with local roots and a global outlook.
When founder Karin Weber arrived in Hong Kong in 1990, she was not anticipating setting up an art gallery. A few years on, she fell in love with the relatively undiscovered art of Myanmar (Burma) — nine years later, Karin Weber Gallery opened its doors with the inaugural show of classic works by Burmese artist Min Wae Aung.
Today, the gallery continues to value its connection to the Burmese arts scene, but has evolved into a locally rooted business with a global outlook. We are particularly proud of the fact that almost 60% of our artists now come from the local Hong Kong and Macau arts scene, in line with an increasingly dynamic local market, with an equally strong roster of artists from East Asia and Europe.
‘20/20’ transforms the gallery into a melting pot of colour, energy and creativity as twenty works by key artists converge in the small space on Aberdeen Street. The artists on show share a strong and positive engagement with the art historic traditions of their home culture. Many of them provide an ingenious twist on the past to envisage a contemporary future. All of them offer superior craftsmanship in their chosen medium. It is this mix of contemporary culture, coupled with absolute mastery of their medium, that lets our artists transcend boundaries and resonate on a local and international stage. Showcasing their work is the best way to celebrate a 20-year milestone for Karin Weber Gallery.
About the Artists:
Emily Allchurch (b. 1974, UK) is a Columbia Threadneedle Prize Finalist and winner of the People’s Choice Award in 2018. Her digital photocollages are held by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, USA and the Tokaido Hiroshige Museum, Japan. Corporate collections include Morgan Stanley London, Fidelity Tokyo, and Gaw Capital Hong Kong,
Aung Myint (b. 1946, Myanmar) is the pioneer of Rangoon Modernist Art Movement. His semi-abstract paintings are in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum USA, Singapore Art Museum and the National Gallery, Malaysia.
Tina Buchholtz’s (b. 1963, Germany) abstract canvases are part of the German Parliament collections, and many private and public collections world-wide.
Luke Ching (b. 1972, HK) represented Hong Kong at the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea in 2018. This year, he was a finalist of the Visible Award 2019. Luke’s conceptual works, often engaging with Hong Kong history and identity, are collected by the M+ Museum, Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Museum of Art and Blackburn Museum, UK amongst others.
Daisuke Teshima’s (b. 1977, Japan) humourous wooden sculptures feature in private collections throughout Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and China. His work is also part of the Contemporary Art Foundation in Japan.
Eric Fok’s (b.1990, Macau) ink paintings are steeped in colonial and contemporary history and architecture and are collected by the Museum of the Orient in Portugal, the Macau Government Headquarters and the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macau SAR. This year, Fok was also a finalist in the Sovereign Asian Art Prize.
Angela Glajcar’s (b. 1970, Germany) paper sculptures currently feature in the group show ‘One if by Land’ at the Powerlong Museum, Shanghai, China. Her works are in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Jacksonville, USA, Museum Wiesbaden, Germany and Hanten-Schmidt family in Austria.
Kim Yun-Jae (b. 1982, South Korea) mixed media sculptures are held by Danwon Art Museum in South Korea, as well as private collectors in South Korea, Hong Kong and the UK.
Li Ting Ting (b.1982, China) fuses traditional Chinese ink painting with contemporary Pop art elements. Her works are held in the Origo Collection, Switzerland, Shan Art Foundation and Today Art Museum, both Beijing, China.
Min Wae Aung’s (b. 1960 Myanmar) iconic acrylic paintings and watercolours are in the permanent collections of the British Museum, the Singapore Art Museum, the National Gallery in Malaysia, and Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan.
Carmen Ng (b. 1988, HK) is a multiple award winner with her intricate, illustration based works, including the Distinguished Print Award at the 29th Hong Kong Print Awards, 2017. Her work is held by private and public collectors in Hong Kong and Guangzhou.
Peter Panyoczki (b. 1953, Hungary) is a truly global artist currently on show at the Beijing International Art Biennale, China, and at the Museum of Modern Art in Vladivostok, Russia. His abstract pieces are held by UBS, Credit Suisse, and the James Wallace Collection, New Zealand as well as the Utsunomiya Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
Alberto Reguera’s (b.1961, Spain) vibrant recollections of his home country are part of the CEIBS Collection in Shanghai, China, Cynorthofon-Faldac Collection and Marc Moyens Collection in Washington DC, USA. Public Collections include the Museo Esteban Vicente in Segovia, Spain.
Wilson Shieh’s (b. 1970, HK) ink paintings are steeped in Hong Kong popular culture and collected by the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK, the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, USA and major Hong Kong museums among others.
Willi Siber (b. 1949, Germany) crosses boundaries between 2D and 3D with vibrantly abstract pieces. His works are held by the German Parliament, Berlin, and important private and public collections around the world.
Tsang Chui Mei (b. 1972, HK) won 2005 Philippe Charriol Foundation 20th Anniversary Competition and 1998 Hong Kong Urban Council Fine Arts Award (Painting). Her delicate paintings are held in private and corporate collections primarily in Hong Kong.
Annie Wan Lai Kuen (b. 1961, HK) currently represents Hong Kong at the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale in Japan, 2019, and was the Hong Kong artist at the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea in 2016. Wan’s works are in the collections of most important Hong Kong museums, as well as the Burger Collection, Switzerland, the New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan, and Guldagergaard Ceramics Centre in Denmark.
Wang Gang (b. 1964, China) continues a long tradition of Chinese artists working in France. His nostalgic paintings have been shown in Hong Kong and Europe. Wang is also a member of La Maison des Artistes de France.
Xue Mo’s (b. 1966, Inner Mongolia) Renaissance portraits of her countrywomen feature in private collections in Australia, Canada, USA, Germany and Hong Kong.
Zun Ei Phyu (b.1986, Myanmar) creates delicate, yet vibrant paper cuts to highlight social injustices in her home country. In 2014, she was awarded the Young Talented Artist Award at the Affordable Art Fair, Singapore.