HdM GALLERY is a contemporary and modern art gallery with a special focus on Chinese contemporary art. Founded in Beijing by Hadrien de Montferrand in 2009, it opened a second space in Hangzhou in 2013 headed by Olivier Hervet. A third space will open in London in 2018.
Since its inception, the gallery has hosted solo shows of established Chinese artists including He An, Zhao Zhao and Jiang Zhi. It also launched the careers of younger artists such as Lu Chao, Wang Yi and Zhu Rixin. To broaden their audience, the gallery has tried to form partnerships for their promotion abroad. Thus, He An presented 2 solo shows at Galerie Daniel Templon in Paris and Brussels, Lu Chao’s work was the object of a solo show at Galerie Nathalie Obadia in 2016 and Wang Xiaoshuang will exhibit his work at Galerie Diane de Polignac in October 2017.
Besides, the gallery has sought to bring Western artists to a new audience in Asia, often by presenting them alongside well-known Chinese artists. Dual shows of Venezuelan artist Elias Crespin with Ding Yi, of Cameroonese artist Barthélémy Toguo with Guo Wei and French artist Jean-Charles Blais with Wang Keping are part of this logic.
Finally, the gallery devotes some of its roster to widening the appeal of 20th Century art. It thus presented shows of works on paper by modern masters and two group exhibitions of preparatory sketches for propaganda paintings entitled “History in the Making”.
Hadrien de Montferrand has long served as a bridge between the Art worlds of China and Europe. His more than seven years at various auction houses and Art institutions included roles as marketing director for ARTCURIAL, the largest French auction house, and for the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. He has headed the development of the gallery in Beijing since 2009.
Laurent Dassault , an entrepreneur to the core, helped to found Arquana, continental Europe’s leading horse auction house, in 2006. His entrepreneurial spirit extends to his charitable activities as well: Laurent serves as the administrator of the “Friends of Pompidou Museum’s Association” in Paris, and heads the development committee for the auction house ARTCURIAL.
Olivier Hervet graduated with an MA in Classics from Oxford University in 2008. After working for Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery since its inception in 2009 where he developed the gallery’s network of young collectors, he became a partner in 2012 with the goal of opening a second space in China.
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