Situated on the first floor of a Hong Kong commercial tower, N. 8 Queen’s Road Central, Edouard Malingue Gallery is characterized primarily by the juxtaposition of two distinct environments: a continuous space subdivided in a sequence of three art rooms enclosed by an aluminum surface that guarantees museum standard exhibition space and an open office area that reveals the original structure of the building.
The exhibition space is articulated in three art rooms in order to satisfy two main requirements of the client: it invites the visitors to invest time in contemplation of art and it allows for a maximization of the exhibition space within the given site. Such art rooms are contained in an aluminum volume that is inserted into the original area as an object which can be experienced at all times in the gallery and can be easily recognized from the street. Within this volume, the environment is controlled guaranteeing museum standards in terms of climate control, acoustics and lighting throughout the day.
The transition between two environments is primarily a sensorial experience denoted by a change of materials, colours, light intensity and temperature. In contrast to the reflective resin floor, plastered white walls and diffused lighting of the exhibition space, the office area is in fact defined by the original bare shell condition of the space: black concrete beams, foiled ducts on the ceiling and rough concrete floor.
The articulation of the exhibition volume defines the residual space by informing a tripartite sequence of program: the assistant’s office and pantry are located at the back, the office of Edouard Malingue corresponds to the central art room and the viewing room is located on the main facade. In such room there is an art storage that is embedded into the exhibition volume and opens up towards the viewing room through a seamless sliding of wall panels.
At night, the relationship between the two identities of the Gallery, the art rooms and the office area, is visible from the street through the lighting system that allows for a subtle legibility of the perforated aluminum panels and the roughness of the beam structure with foiled ducts running above the exhibition volume on the ceiling.
Edouard Malingue - Biography:
Edouard Malingue is the elder son of Daniel Malingue, founder and director of the renowned Galerie Malingue in Paris, which over almost 50 years has earned an international reputation dealing in masterpieces from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Along with his brother Olivier and sister Eléonore, Edouard Malingue worked for six years in his father’s gallery. His area of specialization was international business development, a role which led him to travel widely in Europe, the USA and Asia to meet clients and collectors.
Subsequently, Edouard Malingue was a private dealer in London for five years before moving to Hong Kong in the Summer of 2009 and opening Edouard Malingue Gallery in September 2010.
Edouard Malingue Gallery:
The opening of Edouard Malingue Gallery in Hong Kong is an exciting and vital landmark in the Asian art scene. The gallery is a pioneer in the region, the first art gallery featuring museum-quality Impressionist and Modern art work.
Edouard Malingue took the decision to open a gallery in Hong Kong in 2009, in response to the increasingly strong interest in Impressionist and Modern Art in Greater China and Asia.
Artist represented by the Gallery:
Monet, Renoire, Pissarro, Sisley, Picasso, Kandinsky, Klee, Mondrian, Léger, Miró, Magritte, Dalí, Giacometti, Zao Wou-ki and Chu The-chun
28 September - 4 December 2010
Tuesday to Saturday - 11 AM to 7 PM