Despite building her art collection and non-profit museum Q Contemporary in Budapest, Hungary, Hong Kong-born Queenie Rosita Law quickly became a fixture in her hometown’s art scene, championing emerging and historically overlooked artists near and far.
Earlier this month it opened Double Q Gallery to showcase works from his growing collection in the city’s Sheung Wan district. The gallery has a stand at Art Central, a satellite fair of Art Basel Hong Kong (ABHK), which opened to the public on Friday as the city emerges from lockdown.
Amid a busy Hong Kong Art Week, Law found time to speak with Artnet News about his art collecting philosophy, the artists on his radar, and what it’s been like to see his city and art scene come back. to the life.
About the reopening of Art Basel and Hong Kong:
“I’m just generally happy that it’s happening! There are so many events I’m looking forward to, the M+ museum is open again, and all the institutions and galleries have new exhibitions. But I think the main joy comes from physical and social gatherings, which has been impossible in recent months in the city.
On his plans for Hong Kong Art Week:
“My gallery participates in art center [an Art Basel Hong Kong satellite fair, until May 29] for the first time. We have a solo stand to showcase the works of the late Hungarian pioneer of geometric art Gizella Rákóczy and a multimedia installation, police party 22by Hungarian artist Martin Nemes.
“We have organized guided tours of our current exhibitions [at Double Q until June 4, 2022] featuring Nemes and Thomas Campbell, another emerging artist, not only among collectors, but also among students. Our mission is to share art with a wider audience, and we are committed to engaging with the local community.
“I am also participating in a panel discussion on “The Art of Collecting”, organized by HSBC Global Private Banking at the M+ museum.”
On the art of collecting:
“I’m always on the lookout for emerging artists. My collection mainly focuses on Central and Eastern European art from the 60s on – I love the raw energy that some of these works exude -[and it has] extended to other countries. In general, I like work that evokes strong, visceral emotions. What is essential is to defend neglected artists.
On why she doesn’t sweat the works escaping:
“I really believe in artists in general, not individual works of art. If you like an artist, there should be more than one work you like, so you might miss one at the fair, but there should be more later.
“For example, I discovered the Czech artist Anna Hulacova at ABHK three or four years ago. I didn’t buy any [of her] works at the fair, but I bought [one] from the same gallery the following year.
On the artists on his radar at this year’s ABHK:
“[While I like] to discover new names, there are a few artists that definitely interest me: Daniel Correa Mejia, Lenz Geek, Jenna Gribbonand Simon Hantai. I have only seen their works via Instagram or PDFs. I can’t wait to see them in person.”
Where she eats and drinks in Wan Chai:
“A good place for coffee is Between. So [I’ll have] an intimate dinner at Da Domenico for its famous pasta with red prawns, or Roots for their fresh local ingredients. And to end the day, I head to Salisterre [a Mediterranean restaurant and bar at the Upper House hotel] for more champagne!
On local art, she likes:
“Taka Ishii Gallery is a hidden gem near Star Street. And that of Ellen Pau The Form of Light: Healing with the Heart Sutra [until June 19, 2022] transformed the facade of M+ [into a 14-minute video installation co-commissioned by the museum and Art Basel].
“The artist has collected video footage of lighthouses in the 90s; she used footage from her archive to transform the new museum into a beacon itself. I see this as a highly symbolic act during this time in Hong Kong – museums can be beacons of hope.
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