所有图片及文字来源：OMA Philippe Ruault Edouard Malingue Gallery
OMA’s design for the Edouard Malingue Gallery, the first gallery in Hong Kong dedicated to Modernism and Impressionism, juxtaposes two distinct environments: for the 750 square feet of exhibition space, an articulated sequence of three rooms encased in an aluminium volume visible from the street; for reception and administration, an open office area that reveals the original structure of the building.
The articulation of the three rooms maximises exhibition space and allows viewers time and space for contemplation of individual artworks. The aluminium volume that encloses the three rooms creates a box-within-a-box, serving aesthetic, atmospheric, and practical purposes: the box is visible as an object from Queen’s Road Central below; it creates a sense of protection and seclusion for the viewing of art; and allows for a controlled environment, guaranteeing museum standards for climate, acoustics and lighting.
The refinement of the exhibition spaces – with reflective resin floors, plastered white walls and diffused lighting – contrasts with the “found” conditions preserved in the office spaces: a bare shell structure with black concrete beams, foiled ducts on the ceiling and rough concrete floor.
The refined aesthetic conditions for displaying art are kept distinct – though not hidden – from the commerce that supports it.
The articulated exhibition spaces also define the office spaces, creating an alternative sequence of three spaces: the assistant’s office and kitchen correspond with the first room, the office of Edouard Malingue with the central art room, and the private viewing room with the main facade. This room also contains a storage unit for art, embedded into the exhibition volume and opening up towards the viewing room through a sliding wall panel.
At night, the relationship between the two identities of the gallery is visible from the street. The lighting system makes legible the perforated aluminium panels encasing the art space and the roughness of the surrounding beam structure, with foiled ducts running above the exhibition volume.
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
Partners in charge: Rem Koolhaas, David Gianotten
Project Leader: Giulia Foscari
Design Team: Jim Dodson, Ekaterina Golovatyuk, Ravi Kamisetti, Katja Lam, Ted Lin, Betty Ng, Viviano Villarreal Bueron, Patrizia Zobernig
Main contractor: EDM Construction Ltd: Edmond Chan
M&E Services, fire services and structure: Arup: Victor Suen Chung-Kuen, Rory McGowan
Acoustics: DHV Building and Industry: Theo Raijmakers
Lighting: Zumtobel Ltd: Roger Leung, Michael Sui, James Szeto
Security: ADT: Isaac Choi, Matthew Suen
Furniture: Cassina: Yacine Bensalem, Laura Mayer