de Sarthe was founded in Paris (1977), later establishing galleries in America (1981) and most recently in Hong Kong (2010) and Beijing (2014). In 2017 the gallery opened a 10,000 sq/ft space in Hong Kong’s South Side art district, Wong Chuk Hang, to expand its program of contemporary art from Asia. Before its forced eviction from Beijing in the summer of 2018, de Sarthe occupied an 8,000 sq/ft space in Caochangdi, a renowned art district in the capital city. There, the gallery took an important role exhibiting a wide range of artists that lead the emerging art scene. This spirit continues in the Hong Kong space where 90% of the exhibitions are dedicated to showing contemporary art from Asia.
In 2017 the de Sarthe Artist Residency (deSAR) was inaugurated, which hosts an artist in the gallery's Hong Kong space for two months every summer with the goal of challenging standard modes of art production and exposing audiences to a side of creation seldom seen firsthand. In a metropolis known for excessively high rent and exceedingly small spaces, the residency allows artists the freedom of a large arena to explore their creativity.
The gallery also maintains a robust advisory for 20th century artwork and has placed important artwork with collectors across the world. The gallery has dealt in artwork including the likes of Monet, van Gogh, Rodin; Picasso, Matisse, Giacometti; Chu Teh-Chun, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, Pierre Soulages, Zao Wou-Ki; Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol; as well as Chen Zhen and Bernar Venet.
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