Memorable moments from 2018 with more ambitious exhibitions, performances and cross-cultural collaborations
What a year has 2018 been! During Puerta Roja’s eighth year we have had some incredible moments that have only been possible with the unwavering support of our friends, clients and artists. We wanted to take a moment, to share some of these memories with you, extend our sincere gratitude and wish you and your family a joyous holiday and the best for 2019.
Adriana, Alisa, Laura and Lorenza
Please note that the gallery will close from 23 December to 2 January, to arrange for a private viewing please contact us via email
In Spring, Puerta Roja kicked off the year with the first solo exhibition in Asia by Laurent Martin ‘Lo’. Zhu Qi 竹 氣 presenting new bamboo mobiles inspired by his travels to Hong Kong and the city’s iconic junk boats. Concurrently, our booth at Art Central exhibited Floating Tea House (2017), a large bamboo installation originally produced for the Wu Yuan Arts and Culture Centre. It was a joy to see so many visitors fully immerse themselves in the energy of the bamboo dome which has prominently featured in the local press, including Enid Tsui’s article in the SCMP, Art Basel in Hong Kong: city’s small galleries shine through with memorable displays, RTHK’s TV program The Works and For a clean, green world in China Daily.
Later in May, we presented an ambitious exhibition in collaboration with the iconic Galerie Denise René. Movement highlighted the evolution of the Op and Kinetic Movement in modern and contemporary art history by showcasing works art by internationally acclaimed masters Carlos Cruz-Diez, Yaacov Agam, Jesús Rafael Soto and Victor Vasarely, together with innovative contemporary artists Gladys Nistor, Gruppo MID, Ventoso, Mariano Ferrante, Hans Kooi, Pe Lang and Olivier Ratsi. The exhibition payed tribute to Denise René’s history-making exhibition Le Mouvement (1955) while reaffirming to relevance of the deeply universal, democratic and optimistic ideals of Op and Kinetic Art.
Summer proved to be very special as we joined the celebrations of Carlos Cruz-Diez‘ life’s work during Art Basel, where the UBS Lounge presented an incredible collections of works from the 1979 Environnement Chromatique architectural interventions at the former Union Bank of Switzerland building. Translucent Chromointerferent Environment (1974/2009) by Carlos Cruz-Diez was also presented by Galeria Raquel Arnaud as part of UNLIMITED, selling before the end of the private preview to a prominent European museum in Europe.
During Autumn, we celebrated our 8th anniversary with Reflections, a group exhibition dedicated to cross-cultural conversations and creative collaborations. Curated to present a visible and invisible dialogue between Puerta Roja’s stable of artists and the talent brought together by six partnerships from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Chile, Korea and Belgium, the exhibition highlighted the growing dialogue and interconnectedness across regions, generations and diverse artistic genres. The striking relationships in the exhibition bring to light a global collective consciousness no longer defined by distance, nationality or medium.
For Winter we presented Puerta Roja’s newest artist Fernando Prats, with the Chilean artist’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong, Nature Paintings. Prats, who represented Chile at the Venice Biennale, has reached international acclaim for devising a brand new and deeply personal pictorial system where nature itself generates unconventional and unpredictable images. We co-presented the first ever live public performance by the artist during the HKAGA Art Symposium at Asia Society. The resulting work was donated to The Nature Conservancy and will be auctioned by Sotheby’s at The Nature Conservancy Gala Dinner in March 2019.
Nature Paintings will be on view until 9 February 2019
We are excited about 2019, welcoming the new year with pride. Puerta Roja is delighted to participate in the ‘Solos’ sector of the inaugural Taipei Dangdai international art fair, presenting three large-scale and previously unseen works by Franco-Venezuelan artist, Carlos Cruz-Diez.
Solos sector – Booth A15
18 – 20 January, 2019
Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center