Schoeni Art Gallery will temporary suspend operations

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Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong, Takes a Break
After Twenty Years of Market Success, Gallery Owner Chooses to Pursue New Opportunities

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香港少励画廊暂停营业

继廿载艺术市场的成功后,画廊东主及总监文惠贤女士寻求新的发展机会(请往下阅读中文版)



 

After celebrating 20 years as one of Hong Kong's leading art galleries, Schoeni Art Gallery will temporarily suspend operations at the end of June 2013 while gallery owner Nicole Schoeni takes a break from the business to seek new inspiration, and to explore the world. The three gallery spaces: Schoeni on Old Bailey (21-31 Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong), Schoeni on Hollywood Road (27 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong) and Schoeni Project Space (8 Chancery Lane, Central, Hong Kong) will be closed from 1 July 2013. Nicole Schoeni intends to use the time to reinvigorate herself and learn more about art and the world in which she lives, and to take time out for her new family.

 

"The past twenty years has been an incredible journey for Schoeni Art Gallery, beginning with the founder and my late-father Manfred Schoeni, who launched the gallery in 1992 at a time when there were only a handful of galleries in Hong Kong," said Ms. Schoeni. "Following his tragic and sudden death in 2004, I was thrust into the position where I had to continue the business while also defining our future direction. That responsibility and opportunity was really a defining moment for me. But, I now realise that I need to stop, refresh and explore new ways of looking at the world." She added.

 

In those twenty years, the Schoeni Art Gallery has mounted more than 200 exhibitions and worked with more than 100 artists, helping to promote their artwork in Hong Kong and overseas, and the gallery has advised hundreds of art lovers and patrons on how to build their art collections.

 

"It has been heartwarming to witness the great accomplishments of the artists we have supported," said Schoeni. "From visits to unknown artists living in small home studios or studios shared with fellow artists, to visits to world class artists living in homes and studios able to comfortably provide for their families, it has been an incredible journey, "she said." Getting to know these great artists, supporting and representing their work, and making connections between artist and collector, has been really gratifying."

 

Schoeni noted that the "enthusiasm of art collectors has been a constant source of inspiration, and it has been rewarding even beyond the personal relationships and friendships that have been forged." She said that with the passing of her father, "business as usual" had indeed carried on and has been successful despite the loss of her father Manfred Schoeni. Nicole Schoeni took the reins right after his untimely death, and met the challenge of mourning his passing while also pointing the gallery in a new and successful direction.

 

"Needless to say, for me these past nine years, leading the gallery has been an immensely fulfilling journey, a wonderful opportunity that transformed my life," she said. "However, I now intend to turn a new page, getting married later this year. With this in mind, and in celebrating our accomplishments on the occasion of our 20th Anniversary, I have decided to take a modest break from the business beginning this summer to focus on my future family. This was a very difficult personal decision, and I consider myself so very fortunate to be in the position where I have the choice."

 

Schoeni has always sought to explore new ideas and directions, and the break will provide some time to learn and shape her thinking for the future.

 

"I have learned through experience that life is fragile and unpredictable, and I feel the need to seize this opportunity to rejuvenate myself and set a new direction for the future," she said. "Art will always be a large part of my life. I look forward to getting more involved in our local community through charity work, exploring further art education and continuing to be involved in non-commercially driven art projects - which has always been my greatest passion, as well as acting as art consultant."

 

Schoeni notes that this is not a permanent directional change. She indicates that "once refreshed and rejuvenated, I look forward to my return to the art business sometime in the near future with newfound vigour." She adds that the Schoeni Art Gallery would not have continued to be such a great success "without the support of so many supporters and enthusiasts." She notes that support from the media has helped to provide her artists with the exposure they deserved, "so I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their great support over the decades." She added.



 

香港少励画廊将于本月底起暂停营业。继去年画廊二十周年庆典后,画廊东主及总监文惠贤女士决定暂时停办画廊,利用这段时间探索世界其他角落,寻求新的机会及发展方向。以全新角度了解艺术和认识现今世界,同时拨出更多时间组织新家庭。

文惠贤女士解释:「少励画廊在过去二十年来经历了一个非凡的旅程,画廊于1992年由创办人也即是父亲文少励先生成立,当时香港的画廊寥寥可数。父亲在2004年突然离世后,我立刻接手画廊,同时设定画廊未来的发展方向。这个突变无疑是我人生一个重要的转捩点,但现在我明白我需要停下来、重新整合、探索新的方法去感受这个世界。」

在这二十年其间,少励画廊共与一百多位艺术家策划了不少于二百个展览,目的是推广他们的作品到香港以及世界各地。画廊有幸向数百位艺术爱好者与赞助人提供专业意见,协助建立他们个人的艺术收藏。

「对于无论少励画廊过住或近年合作过的艺术家的成就,我身感欣慰。很多画廊早年合作的艺术家当时寂寂无名,生活跟工作都在同一间细小工作室里,要不是就跟其他艺术家共用一个工作室。现在这些艺术家在国际上都有了一定的知名度,生活上也因此改善,并拥有经济能力照顾家庭。少励画廊二十年来经历的是一趟美丽的旅程,我很高兴有幸认识、协助和推广这些伟大的艺术家,能够作为他们与收藏家的桥梁。」

文惠贤续说:「多年来一直支持画廊的艺术收藏家们都拥有一份对艺术的热诚,这对我来说是一种很大的鼓舞。私底下我跟一些收藏家变为朋友,建立了十分珍贵的友谊。」对于当年父亲的突然离世,文惠贤选择立刻接管画廊,少励画廊「照常营业」。她背负丧父的伤痛,带领画廊团队迈进新方向发展。

「过去九年作为画廊总监无疑是一个非常难忘的经历,是一个很好的机会,也改变了我的人生。可是今年我将会结婚,为我的人生翻上新一页。因为有了这个计划,在画廊二十周年庆典后,我决定由这年夏天开始暂停画廊营业,专注建立我新的家庭。这是一个非常艰难的决择,同时地我很庆幸能够有空间作出这个选择。」

文惠贤女士时常寻求新的构思和方向,她将利用这段时间接触新的事物,构思画廊未来发展路向。 「过往的经历告诉我生命是如何脆弱,而人生很多事情无法预计。因此我觉得这确是一个难能可贵的机会去重新整理自已,并构思未来个人发展路向。艺术将永远是我人生重要的一环,而我也希望能够在这段时间参予更多本地的慈善工作,尤其在我多年最为关注的艺术教育和非营利艺术项目发展范畴上。日后我仍会以艺术顾问的身份为艺术爱好者和收藏家提供专业意见。」

 

文惠贤女士说明画廊只是暂时停止营业:「我期待不久后以全新姿态全面回归艺术界,那时我将富有新的动力和想法。」她表示少励画廊多年的成功有赖各界支持,尤其是媒体对艺术家们的报道令更多人认识他们的作品,让他们得到了应有的支持。最后她表示:「我希望能籍此机会向各位媒体朋友对少励画廊过住二十年的爱护表达最深的谢意。」

June 20, 2013