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Rossi & Rossi Hollywood Road Grand Opening
Mar 12
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May 8, 2021
Hollywood Road, Hong Kong

In celebration of its 35th anniversary, the gallery is thrilled to announce the opening a brand new space, Rossi & Rossi Hollywood Road, on 12March. Located on Hollywood Road in Hong Kong’s historic centre of art and antiques, it will focus on showcasing an exciting array of objects from the Himalayas. The space will also feature a library where visitors can draw from the gallery’s scholarly publications and resources. This is Rossi & Rossi’s third location, alongside its initial space in London and another in Hong Kong’s Southern District.

The focus of the new space as well as its location hold special significance for both Anna Maria Rossi, who founded the gallery in1985, and her son, Fabio, who later joined her as co-owner and principal. The two travelled extensively for decades, an undertaking that eventually inspired them to cultivate unique expertise in the field of Himalayan art.

In 1971, Anna Maria embarked on the first of many road trips to the Middle East, driving through Greece to Turkey, Syria, Iraq and, ultimately, India. Within a few years, Fabio began to travel with her in journeys that spanned Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Tibet. In 1975, they arrived for the first time in Hong Kong, where they were struck by the famed Hollywood Road. They quickly made the port city a regular stop on their way to Tibet.

Rossi & Rossi has remained committed to developing a robust programme in classical Himalayan art since its founding. Over the years, the gallery has organised thematically curated and often ground-breaking exhibitions. The accompanying publications have been penned by leading scholars in the field. Early Tibetan Manuscript Covers: 12th to 15th century (1996), for instance, presented the supreme skill and artistic expression that existed within the genre of Tibetan book covers. The seminal exhibition Treasures from Mongolia: Buddhist Sculpture from the School of Zanabazar (2004) marked the first time that Mongolian sculptures of various Buddhist subjects were showcased in a commercial space.

The gallery’s programme has evolved to include contemporary art from Tibet and the Tibetan diaspora. In November 2005, Rossi & Rossi unveiled From Classic to Contemporary: Visions from Tibet, which featured the works of contemporary Tibetan artists alongside classical Tibetan paintings. It was amongst the first introductions of contemporary Tibetan art to a Western audience, bringing to the fore the vibrant Tibetan art scene.

Rossi & Rossi Hollywood Road will host a series of exhibitions designed to revisit the gallery’s history, recounting stories from Anna Maria and Fabio’s early travels. The information they gleaned from these incredible journeys enhances our greater understanding of the region’s curious historical artefacts as well as its contemporary artistic expressions.

History has shown that the creative ingenuity of one place and culture often finds resonance in another. As such, with Himalayan art as the foundation of the Rossi & Rossi programme, the gallery hopes to foster a dialogue between art and artists from wide-ranging backgrounds, untethered to any particular geographical confine. Although the field has often been perceived as somewhat esoteric, Rossi & Rossi strives to make it approachable to diverse audiences, accessible to scholars and relevant to the times in which we live. The opening of the new space punctuates the gallery’s commitment to presenting inspiring exhibitions that illuminate Himalayan art and instilling academic rigour to the field.

Installation
Works
Standing Buddha
Ca. 9th century
Northeastern India or Bangladesh
Copper alloy
69 cm (27 1/4 in)
Portrait of Dragpa Sherab (1310–1370)
Ca. 1370
Tibet
Gilt bronze
23 cm (9 in)
Jangchup Gyaltsen
ca. 15th century
Tibet
Gilt copper with painted details
height 25.5 cm (10 in)
Manjushri with attendant
18th century
Tibet, Eastern Region
Distemper on cloth
74 x 43 cm (29 x 17 in)
Vajrapani
18th century
Tibet, Eastern region
Distemper on cloth
73.5 x 44 cm (29 x 17 ¼ in)
Buddha Shakyamuni with Sixteen Arhats
15th century
Distemper on cloth
89 x 75 cm (35 x 29 ½ in)
Snow Lion
15th–16th century
Tibet
Gilt copper
34 x 39 cm (13 ½ x 15 ½ in)
A Pair of Door Bosses
Ca. 16th-17th century
Tibet
Iron with gold, silver and copper
Diameter 29 cm (11 in)
Vasudeva-Kamalaja
14th century
Copper alloy with inlay and remains of gilding
22.2 cm (8¾ in)
Vasudhara
14th century
Nepal
Gilt bronze
16.8 cm (6 ½ in)
Vishnu
8th–9th century
Nepal, Licchavi Dynasty
Gilt copper alloy
26.7 cm (10 ½ in)
Arhat Vanavasin
17th century
Tibet
Distemper on cotton, with silk and gold thread brocade
101.5 x 59.5 cm (40 x 23 ½ in)
Manuscript cover
Ca. 13th century
Tibet
Painted wood
16 x 40 x 2 cm (6 ¼ x 15 ¾ x ¾ in)
Maitreya
Early 15th century
Tibet
Gilt bronze
28.5 cm (9 in)
Panel depicting Siddharta with his wife
2nd – 3rd century
Gandhara
Grey schist
26 x 63 x 9 cm (10 ¼ x 24 ¾ x 3 ½ in)
Green Tara
Ca. 17th century
Nepal
Gilt and cast copper repoussé, turquoises and semi-precious stones
34 cm (13 ½ in)
Seated Buddha
ca. 14th century
Tibet
Gilt bronze
41 x 35 x 35 cm (16 x 13 ¾ x 13 ¾ in)
Tenzing Rigdol
A Ripple in Time #1 Lost
2013
Acrylic on paper
Diameter 50 cm (19 ¾ in)
Tsherin Sherpa
Luxation 2
2016
Acrylic on cotton
16 panels, each 46 x 46 cm (18 x 18 in)
Tenzing Rigdol
Evolution of Tibetan Psychology
2011
Safety pins, acrylics on scripture
27.5 x 27.5 x 3 cm (10 ¾ x 10 ¾ x 1 in)