Norwegian Art in Hong Kong International Art Fair

Oslo based gallery Maria Veie Galleri participates in Hong Kong International Art Fair 2012 with an exhibition by Norwegian artist Elin Meldberg.

This year’s Hong Kong International Art Fair (Art HK) will take place on May 17-20, with a preview on May 16, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).  The fair will showcase contemporary arts from 266 galleries, representing 39 international territories. 

Widely acknowledged as one of the leading art events in Asia that is connected with the international art community, Art HK brings together leading collectors, curators, artists and galleries from across Asia and the rest of the world. Last year the event showcased artworks by more than 1,000 artists from 260 galleries from 38 countries, drawing over 63,000 visitors to its 4-day fair.

Already known to the Hong Kong art scene is Maria Veie Galleri, an Oslo based gallery offering an exhibition space for young artists working on site-specific arts such as sculpture, drawing, photography and installations.

Following its success from the exhibition at the event last year, where ‘I wish I wish I wish in vain, 2011’ by Melberg was awarded the “Public Project” status , Maria Veie Galleri will also exhibit the artworks by Elin Melberg this year at the event. Melberg continues to make three dimensional works featuring circular shaped sculptures like Mandorlas.

For any readers who don’t know Mandorla, it is an ancient symbol of two circles coming together, overlapping one another to form an almond shape in the middle. Mandorla is in fact the Italian work for almond. The Mandorla is also known as the “Vesica Piscis” which symbolises the international and interdependence of opposing worlds and forces.  The Mandorla, known in both East and West, expresses the standpoint of the mystic. It symbolises for us the tensions of life, the tension of complementary opposites.


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