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Art Talk: The Institution-Like Gallery

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28 February, 2019
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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HKAGA and ArtAsiaPacific are delighted to co-present a talk by Moiz Zilbermann, in conversation with Fabio Rossi and moderated by H.G. Masters


Many gallerists get into the business of art in order to support the artists whose works they are passionate about. Over time, as the business expands, galleries can begin to support a range of alternative activities, from events like performances or lectures to residencies, publishing ventures and other longterm projects. When does a gallery become “institution-like”? What are the models for its sustainability? With spaces in Istanbul and Berlin, Moiz Zilberman describes the ten-year trajectory of his gallery and its future directions. Fabio Rossi, of Rossi & Rossi Gallery (Hong Kong and London), joins Zilberman in a discussion moderated by ArtAsiaPacific’s H.G. Masters.

We invite you for drinks after the event, please join us.


Date: Thursday, 28 February 2019

Time: 5:30-6:30pm

Venue: Rossi & Rossi, 6 Yip Fat Street, 3/F Yally Industrial Building, Wong Chuk Hang

Tel: 3575 9417

Google maps: Rossi & Rossi location

RSVP: [email protected]


About the Speakers

Moiz Zilberman


Moiz Zilberman was born into and grew up among artworks. In the past ten years, his focus shifted toward contemporary art practices. He founded Zilberman Gallery in Istanbul in 2008, stages 10-12 exhibitions every year at its main gallery spaces in Istanbul and Berlin and at the project space. The gallery occupies two separate floors of Mısır Apartment, one of the most famous examples of art nouveau architecture in Istanbul.

In 2016, Zilberman Gallery opened its new Berlin space in a turn-of-the-century building in Berlin’s Charlottenburg neighbourhood.

The gallery has a strong presence at international art fairs, forging close relationships with collectors, curators and art professionals, and creating opportunities for gallery artists. With the firm belief that a commercial gallery should also assume its social responsibility of education and audience development, Zilberman Gallery organizes artist talks, lecture performances, book launches, as well as round table discussions.


Fabio Rossi


Fabio Rossi was born in 1963 in Turin, Italy. At the age of eleven, he accompanied his mother, Anna Maria, on a trip to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. This early exposure to Asia – its culture, arts and people – had a lasting impact on him, inspiring his future professional endeavours. Fabio moved to London in 1983 to attend the School of Oriental and African Studies, from which he obtained both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in art and archaeology. After a brief apprenticeship with the legendary dealership of Spink & Son, he joined forces with his mother, who had moved to London in 1986, to establish the gallery known today as Rossi & Rossi. Beginning in the late 1980s, Fabio started travelling extensively within the United States, reaching out to museums and collectors throughout the country, and developing relationships that endure to this day. Since 2005, Fabio has also been instrumental in nurturing the careers of artists of the greater Asia – Pacific region – from Tibet to Cambodia, Hong Kong to Pakistan. He moved to Hong Kong in 2011, two years later, he opened a gallery where he now exhibits the work of artists who would otherwise lack local exposure in addition to the classical Himalayan art for which he and his mother have become world-renowned. Over the years, Rossi & Rossi’s innovative exhibitions and top-notch scholarly publications in both the classical and contemporary realms have solidified the gallery’s status as leaders in the wide-ranging field of Asian art.


About the Moderator

H.G. Masters


H.G. Masters is a writer and editor-at-large at ArtAsiaPacific magazine. He is currently based between Istanbul and Hong Kong. Masters has been an editor at ArtAsiaPacific since 2008. He has written catalogue essays about artists including Ha Chong-Hyun, Haegue Yang, Shinro Ohtake, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Hajra Waheed, Lee Mingwei, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Nuri Kuzucan, Şener Özmen, Tsherin Sherpa and others. In 2010, he was awarded a Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for short-form writing. His essays and reviews have been published magazines and journals including Frieze, Even, Art Papers, RES Artworld, and Portal 9.

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