Location: Hong Kong
Notable Galleries: 10 Chancery Lane, Gagosian, Hanart TZ
Hong Kong's government has been criticized openly and-not-so-openly for its years of not allowing cultural institutions to flourish there. But in the years since sovereignty of the highly populated region moved hands from the British back to the Chinese, major international art dealers have set up shop alongside more avant-garde spaces in the region's Central district. Most notable of these is without Hanart TZ, a Hong Kong stalwart since the early 1980s that recently found its way to Central, alongside heavy-hitters like Simon Lee. The artistic influence of the gallerists in the area has even moved toward more municipal projects--the government recently approved plans to reform the Central Police Station and the Police Married Quarters here into cultural institutions.