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Building a Legacy

By JOHN JERVIS

Thoughts on Hong Kong's art scene provoked by "Hanart 100: Idiosyncrasies"

Despite its flaws, it is hard to think of a more important exhibition in Hong Kong's recent past than "Hanart 100: Idiosyncrasies," which opened in January to mark the 30th anniversary of Hanart TZ Gallery. Some might regret that a show mounted by a commercial gallery merits this accolade, but the real disappointment is that the exhibition—scattered across three venues, one open for two weeks only—was stubbornly empty of people during my visits.

There is a painful absence of…

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