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T+L Top Art Galleries in Asia


Fancy a bit of culture on your next trip? Then check out these addresses that reveal the vest of the arts scenes around Asia.

Published on Jan 18, 2012

Joining the SAR’s wave of high-profile international galleries, Gagosian (7th floor, Pedder Bldg., 12 Pedder St., Central; +852 2151 0555; and de Sarthe (8th floor, Club Lusitano, 16 Ice House St., Central; +852 2167 8896; opened with show-stopping exhibitions of Damien Hirst and John Wesley, respectively. Who’s next? London’s White Cube (, slated to bring its edgy Hoxton credentials to the city next year.


Forget stereotypes: The fabulously named Department of Avant-Garde Clichés (2289 Pasong Tamo Extension, UPRC III Building, Makati; +63 2 817 2042; occupies the bleeding edge of the capital’s thriving art scene. The first gallery in the country to specialize in printmaking, it offers a print studio, workshops and exhibitions by local artists in an expansive warehouse space.


Photographer Dominic Khoo’s 28th Février (5 Jln. Kilang; +65 6366 4642; is an ambitious 325-square-meter space. Part photo gallery, café and pop-up space, it stages a joyfully wild creative mix of everything from bespoke tailors to fine-art printmaking.

It may date back to the 1910’s, but the three-story ArtYard (1 Lane 32, Dihua St. Section 1; +886 2 2552 1338; houses a range of ultra-contemporary art-and-design spaces, including textile-prints boutique In Blooom, ceramic studio Hakka Blue, Luguo Café and Thinkers Theater.

Bohemian favorite WTF Café & Gallery continues to pioneer Bangkok’s art scene with Opposite (2nd floor, 27/1 Soi 51, Sukhumvit Rd.; +66 2 662 6330;, a loft that hosts exhibitions, poetry readings, music gigs and pop-up restaurants.


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