Tycoon's daughter puts heart into public gallery

Local | Adeline Mak 29 Mar 2016

A new gallery in Wan Chai will bring contemporary art to the public for free, says its owner.

Our Gallery's first exhibition will open on April 11 and focus on minimalism. Owner Dora Wu Chung-lin, daughter of late tycoon Wu Chi-cheng, said she wants to bring art to Wan Chai, where she grew up.

The gallery, which opens to the public from April 19, will give people the chance to enjoy art in a comfortable setting, Wu said. She said the gallery aims to serve as a platform for art, people and the community.

The exhibition will change every three months. The first minimalism exhibition What You See is What You See will feature works from Wu's collection by artists such as Anish Kapoor, Alberto Burri, Agostino Bonalumi, Lucio Fontana and Richard Serra.

Wu said she chose minimalism as the first theme as the public will have an easier time absorbing it. It also reflects her personal taste in art.

The gallery was engaged in several community projects, including Gift from Land, an art and farming project that sent students from Po Kok Secondary School in Tseung Kwan O on a visit to Japan.

When asked what prompted her to do the projects, Wu said: "I am a local. If I can contribute, I must. It is all about sharing and I do it with my heart."

In the future, the gallery will have to find its own direction, she said. Young local artists need to be supported, Wu said.

"People need to be given a chance. That is why there is a platform. I am very open- minded. If you come and do it right, I will help you. I am willing to try with you, that is what I call `do with the heart."'

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