de Sarthe

Eugene Lun

Sep 10 – Sep 30, 2022
Opening: Saturday, Sep 10, 3pm – 7pm

Why Can’t I Have a Full Cup of Burger Sauce? by Eugene Lun, Acrylic on canvas with AR animation, 97 x 120 cm, 2022. ©Eugene Lun. Courtesy the artist and de Sarthe.

de Sarthe is pleased to present Hong Kong artist Eugene Lun (b. 1998)’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, The Forbidden Happiness, concluding de Sarthe’s sixth annual artist residency (deSAR). Featuring Augmented Reality (AR)-infused prints and paintings in an immersive setting, the artworks have been created during the two-month residency based on the artist’s renewed curiosity and exploration of human psychology on adhering to society’s values and rules. The exhibition illustrates various scenarios where the comedic sausage character [Cheong1] [Cheong4] has differing responses in everyday life circumstances while exploring boundaries and social conventions in modern society. The artist aims to provoke audiences to retrace their instinctive acts and reasoning behind their habitual actions when they encounter the aforesaid scenarios. 

Wing Po So / Review / November 18, 2019
Mak Ying Tung 2 / Review / September 3, 2018
Liang Ban / Review / April 16, 2018
Andrew Luk / Review / October 28, 2017

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de Sarthe is a platform for boundary-pushing contemporary art from Asia. Since 1977 it has also had an international presence in modern and post-war art.

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.

Represented artists
Double Fly Art Center, Mark Chung, Liang Ban, Lin Jingjing, Andrew Luk, Mak Ying Tung 2, Ma Sibo, Richard Streitmatter-Tran, Wang Xin, Xin Yunpeng, Zhong Wei