The opening of YAYOI KUSAMA: Hong Kong Blooms in My Mind at Sotheby’s new Hong Kong galleries.


HONG KONG - It has been almost five months since we marked the beginning of construction with a traditional Pig Carving Ceremony, and our brand new 15,000 sq. ft. gallery space in Hong Kong finally opened on Friday, 18 May.  It is situated on the 5th Floor of 1 Pacific Place, part of a very well-known luxury retail and office complex where we also have our offices on the 31st Floor.  The new space has been beautifully designed by Richards Basmajian, and consists of a very smart and spacious reception area, state-of-the-art exhibition galleries, a Salon for Sotheby’s Diamonds and fine wines, as well as facilities for dining and client entertainment.

Setting up for YAYOI KUSAMA: Hong Kong Blooms in My Mind.

To mark the opening of the art space and the inaugural selling exhibitions (Yayoi Kusama: Hong Kong Blooms in My Mind and Corot to Monet: French Landscape Paintings in the 19th and 20th Centuries) as well as the opening of the Sotheby’s Diamonds Hong Kong Salon, we gave an opening party which was attended by well over 500 local and international clients and guests, including the President and Curator of Katara (the cultural village in Qatar), as well as many of our colleagues from China, New York, London and other Asian regional offices. We also showed highlights from our London Impressionist sale.  

The new exhibition space at Sotheby’s Hong Kong.

All in attendance enjoyed the fabulous art that was on display.  The pair of lion heads specially made by Kusama for our gala opening attracted a great deal of admiration and many were bitterly disappointed when they found out that they were not for sale.

Kusama-designed lion heads greeted visitors.

The opening party was most elegantly executed.  Apart from the art on display, our clients and guests also had great fun enjoying a live DJ and the performance of an amazing crystal ball juggler who mingled with our guests all night.  

Many guests wore polka dots in honor of artist Yayoi Kusama.

Many of our guests were very creative in their attire.  There were plenty of “dotty” outfits to match our Kusama theme and fingernails decorated with diamonds,
The gala opening of our exciting and beautiful art space was a resounding success.  As our CEO, Bill Ruprecht, pointed out, we are very much looking forward to giving our clients in Asia a much richer Sotheby’s experience of the highest global standard all year round through the opening of our new space.