W*: Why did you choose Gilbert & George for the opening gig?
TM: I think all artists have an affection and respect for Gilbert & George. They’ve just made this large series of work and we realised this would be a brilliant opportunity to host its world premiere in Hong Kong. In the coming four months the show will be in London, New York, Brussels, Basel and Berlin, too. Also, Gilbert & George are great ambassadors for British art. Gilbert & George were the first major Western artists to have a solo show in Mainland China. It opened in 1993 at Beijing’s National Gallery before travelling to Shanghai. Many Chinese artists remember that show. Artist Shen Hua came up to Gilbert and George at the opening luncheon and said, ‘I saw that show in China. It was incredibly powerful to me.’
Pictured: 'Park', 2011, by Gilbert & George
Courtesy: White Cube