Dominique de Villepin (and his son) to open a gallery in Hong Kong

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Dominique de Villepin, ex French Prime Minister under Jacques Chirac, has always been interested in art, particularly in Zao Wou-Ki, about whom he penned a monograph.


On March 13 of next year — in parallel with Art Basel HK — the Villepin Gallery will open in a 3,000 square-foot Space at 3-55 Hollywood Road.


Alongside his son Arthur, who has lived in Hong Kong for 10 years, the former politician famous or his No to the War in Iraq campaign will hold the inaugural exhibition "Friendship & Reconciliation", featuring a number of rare Zao Wou-Ki paintings from between 1940 and 2000.


“I grew up surrounded by artists, who nurtured a love of art from a very young age,” Arthur de Villepin told Artnet News, adding, "My mother is a sculptor and my father is also an avid collector, and they were constantly introducing me to new artists, including Zao Wou-Ki, whose work was the first piece I bought for my collection."