Alisan Fine Arts
Alisan Fine Arts, established in the 1980s, is one of the first professionally run galleries in Hong Kong. A pioneer in the field of Contemporary Chinese Art and New Ink Art, the gallery focuses on promoting emerging Chinese artists from the mainland as well as established Hong Kong artists and Chinese diaspora living in Europe and the United States of America. Under the leadership of Alice King, the gallery has organized over 100 exhibitions in Hong Kong and abroad during the past 30+ years.
In 1987, the gallery organized the landmark exhibition “A State of Transition, Contemporary Paintings from Shanghai” which included fourteen artists such as Chen Jialing, Li Shan, Zhang Guiming, and Zhang Jianjun at the Hong Kong Arts Centre, making this one of the first exhibitions in Hong Kong to showcase mainland Chinese artists. The gallery was also the first to organize a solo exhibition of Zao Wou-ki’s works in Hong Kong in 1993 and since then has held five more solo exhibitions for the acclaimed artist. Alisan has also organized solo exhibitions for well-known artists Chu Teh-chun, Walasse Ting and manages the estate of Chao Chung-hsiang.
While introducing contemporary Chinese art to the West, Alisan Fine Arts has also staged exhibitions for Western artists and has collaborated with galleries in Europe and the United States, such as Galerie Jan Krugier of Switzerland, Galerie Enrico Navarra of Paris and E. V. Thaw and Artemis of New York. In 1995, Mrs. King was instrumental in bringing the French sculptor Bernar Venet’s exhibition to The Shanghai Museum. A strong supporter of Le French May in Hong Kong, the gallery organized solo exhibitions for French artist, Richard Texier in 2007 and Fabienne Verdier in 2014 as part of Le French May program. As art consultant, Alisan Fine Arts’s corporate clients include the Hong Kong MTR, Beijing’s Oriental Plaza, Hong Kong’s Peninsula Hotel and J P Morgan to name a few.
Continued effort has been made for gallery artists to be included in Museum collections, these include: The Hong Kong Museum of Art; M+ of Visual Culture Collection, West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong; The Shanghai Art Museum; The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Shanghai; The China National Academy of Art, Hangzhou; The Taiwan Provincial Fine Art Museum, Taichung; The Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei; The Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena; The Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, San Francisco, The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum of Rutgers University, New Jersey; The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, The Peabody Essex Museum; The British Museum, London; The Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark; The Malmo Konsthall, Sweden.
Alisan Fine Arts has co-organised many important exhibitions including:
- 1987 — A State of Transition, Contemporary Paintings from Shanghai (The Hong Kong Arts Centre)
- 1995 — Wonders of Chinese Abstraction
- 1997 — Chinese Abstraction and Beyond (The Hong Kong Arts Centre)
- 1997 — Chinese Roots (The Shanghai Art Museum)
- 1998 — Shanghai International Sculpture Symposium
- 1998 — Mrs. King contributed to the Zao Wou-ki Retrospective exhibitions shown in China (The Shanghai Art Museum)
- 1999 — The Second Year-Long Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition (The He Xiangning Art Gallery, Shenzhen)
- 1999 — Chao Chung Hsiang Exhibition and Symposium (The Shanghai Chinese Painting Institute)
- 1999 — Chao Chung Hsiang: His Singular Legacy (The Hangzhou West Lake Art Museum, Zhejiang)
- 2000 — Oriental Plaza: Selected Contemporary Sculpture from China (The Oriental Plaza, Beijing)
- 2001 — Enlightened Blackness Ink Paintings by Yang Jiechang (The University Museum and Art Gallery of The University of Hong Kong)
- 2001 — John Way: A Retrospective at 80 (The Shanghai Art Museum)
- 2004 — Chao Chung Hsiang: An Eternal Searcher (The Taipei Museum of History)
- 2004 — Love of the Cosmos: The Art of Chao Chung Hsiang (The National Art Museum of China, Beijing; The Shanghai Art Museum; Galerie Adler, Paris & The Hong Kong Arts Centre)
- 2005 — Encre/Chine, Ink Paintings by Jean Degottex, Gao Xingjian and T’ang Haywen (The University Museum and Art Gallery of The University of Hong Kong)
- 2007 — Floating Reeds: An Installation by Ming Fay (MOCA, Shanghai)
- 2007 — Exploration: New Ink Art Shanghai 2007 (The Zhu Qizhan Art Museum, Shanghai)
- 2007 — The New Face of Ink Painting: Modern Ink Painting Group Exhibition and Symposium (Central Plaza Lobby & Olympic City 1, Hong Kong)
- 2007 — Chinyee’s 50-Year Retrospective (The Shanghai Art Museum)
- 2008 — New Ink Art: Innovation and Beyond (The Hong Kong Museum of Art)
- 2010 — Walasse Ting: I Love Flowers All my Life (The Hong Kong Arts Centre)
- 2011 — Selected Asian Cultural Council Felows: Then and Now, Works by Wei Lignag, Wei Qingji, Zhang Jianqun (Asian Cultural Council Hong Kong and Alisan Fine Arts)
- 2012 — Fang Zhaoling: Vigorous and Fresh Chinese Ink Painting (Fine Art Asia and Alisan Fine Arts)
- 2013 — Rhythms of Creation: Recent Works by Chinyee (The Hong Kong Arts Centre)
- 2013 — Lui Shou-kwan: Zen Ink Art (Fine Art Asia and Alisan Fine Arts)
Alisan Fine Arts has participated in many Art Fairs such as: Art Asia, Hong Kong 1992; Tresors, Singapore 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997; Art Taipei, 1994; the International Asian Art Fair, New York, 1996, Masterpiece London 2013, Fine Art Asia 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014; Art HK 10 and 12; Art Basel in Hong Kong 2013 and 2014. In 2009, after being in Prince’s Building, Central for over 20 years, Alisan Fine Arts moved to its current location in Aberdeen, providing a larger gallery space for display, office and library.