“Bringing World-class Exhibitions to Hong Kong”
DATE: Tuesday, 6 June 2017
VENUE: Alisan Fine Arts, 21/F Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
Julien-Loïc Garin, CEO of Le French May
Daphne King-Yao, Gallery Director of Alisan Fine Arts
Levina Li-Cadman, Co-Founder & Director of Art-Partners
Meg Maggio, Public Relations & Marketing Chair of HKAGA, Director of Pékin Fine Arts (moderator)
The talk shall explore at how international-level exhibitions have shaped Hong Kong’s art scene in recent years, highlighting the best of the best from 3 different angles – from a Museum & Festival perspective as Julien-Loïc Garin shares his experiences organising the Louvre exhibition currently at the Heritage Museum as well as last year’s ground-breaking Monet show; from an Art Gallery perspective as Daphne King-Yao discusses how Alisan Fine Arts has raised Hong Kong’s gallery standards to an international level, highlighting her gallery’s 35-year anniversary retrospective exhibition of Chinese contemporary masters and the highly-anticipated Walasse Ting exhibition currently showing; from a Public Arts perspective as Levina Li-Cadman talks about the emergence of public art in the city through the innovative and thought-provoking projects that she has introduced to Hong Kong, such as Antony Gormley’s ‘Event Horizon’. Future projects shall also be revealed and how they enrich and elevate Hong Kong’s art scene and define our city’s cultural identity. The talk shall be moderated by Meg Maggio, who as a well-known and highly-respected gallerist herself shall bring further knowledge to the conversation which promises to be both engaging and insightful.
About Julien-Loïc Garin (CEO, Le French May)
Julien-Loïc Garin was born in France. He pursued his studies at Hypokhagne/Khagne in Lyon, followed by the Université de Paris IV Sorbonne. He subsequently completed his MA in Business at the Institut d’Etudes Supérieures des Arts in Paris, specialising in Arts and Culture, as well as an MA in the Management of Cultural projects, Marketing and Fundraising. In 2007, he joined the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent and was in charge of organising exhibitions and events. In 2009, he joined Comité Jean Cocteau, leading the Friends of the Comité as well as the Events organising team. A founder of the Rotaract Club Paris-Champs Elysées, he moved to Hong Kong in 2011, joining Le French May Arts Festival as Chief Executive Officer. In addition to his duties as CEO of Le French May, he is a member of the Arts Administrators Association in Hong Kong. An art enthusiast and ceramics collector, Julien-Loïc is also a passionate lover of classical music.
About Daphne King-Yao (Director, Alisan Fine Arts)
Born in America, Daphne has lived in Hong Kong since she was five. She graduated from Philips Academy, Andover and the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in History. After graduation she worked in the advertising industry in New York and Hong Kong. In 1996, she joined Alisan Fine Arts and was promoted to Director in 2005, formally taking over operations at in 2011. Since then she has curated several landmark exhibitions, the most recent being a celebration of Alisan Fine Arts 35th Anniversary in 2016 at the Central Public Library; accompanying the exhibition was the launch of a 300page monologue highlighting the galley’s history.
A patron of the arts, Daphne was a Friend of the Hong Kong Museum of Art from 1997-2000 and is currently a Trustee. In 2016 she was appointed Director of Association Culturelle France Hong Kong ; in 2011 she was appointed Director of The Ink Society. Daphne has also been a keen supporter of the Hong Kong Ballet since 2002, and was co-Chair of the Guild from 2011-2015, currently she sits on the board as an Executive Member. Since 2015 she has been a patron of Asian Cultural Council Friend’s Circle. She founded the University of Pennsylvania Scholarship Fund in Hong Kong and was the President of the Fund from 2002-2014.
About Levina Li-Cadman (Co-Founder & Director, Art-Partners)
Levina Li-Cadman is the Co-Founder of Art-Partners, an independent art consultancy that develops and delivers large-scale public art projects from Hong Kong across Asia. She was one of three Principal Consultants for “Event Horizon Hong Kong” by Antony Gormley in 2015 – the most extensive public art installation ever staged, with 31 sculptures on street level and building tops in Central. Since 2015, Levina is also a Development Consultant for the Royal Academy of Arts, assisting on public art installations in Hong Kong including Richard Wilson’s architecturally-challenging installation of a 4.5 tonnes bus perched on top of the Peninsula Hotel called “Hang On a Minute Lads… I’ve Got a Great Idea”, Conrad Shawcross’s “The Ada Project”, and Sir Michael Craig-Martin’s “Bright Idea”.
Levina started her art and creative real estate consultancy business LLi Inc. in 2010, and has been involved in the development of high-profile projects in the worlds of design, fine art and lifestyle, including H Queen’s, Soho 189 Art Lane, and Little Tai Hang. Prior to 2010, Levina took on multiple strategic business development and marketing roles across the communications, licensing, media, luxury and art sectors, at Christie’s, The Financial Times, Lanvin, and Turner Entertainment Networks. Levina currently serves on the board of Sovereign Art Foundation and FilmAid Asia.
About Meg Maggio (Public Relations & Marketing Chair of HKAGA, Director of Pékin Fine Arts)
Meg Maggio is director of Pékin Fine Arts, a Beijing and Hong Kong based contemporary art gallery and art advisory consultancy. Meg is a 25+ year Beijing resident, and former corporate attorney turned visual arts entrepreneur. She advises major museums, corporations and private clients on building and maintaining art collections. She also sits on the Board of the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association, and has witnessed as a pioneer the rapid development of the Chinese contemporary art scene since the 1980’s.
Presented by the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association in collaboration with Le French May.