Olivier Hervet
Co-founder and Director of HDM Gallery Hangzhou Branch


Olivier Hervet graduated with an MA in Classics from Oxford University in 2008. In 2009, he oversaw the opening of Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery in Beijing and continued to work there as director to develop the gallery’s network of young collectors. He became a partner of the gallery in 2012 and opened its second space in Hangzhou in November 2013. The gallery’s space focuses on works on paper by established Chinese artists (Liu Xiaodong, Ding Yi, Yang Shaobin, Mao Yan etc) while the Hangzhou space is dedicated to young Chinese artists working in all media.

June 26, 2014

A bit about art and me

Art is important in my life, because… It survives time

Art goes best with… Solitude

Three words that best describe art according to you... Beautiful Disturbing New

An art exhibition you have enjoyed recently... Roy Lichtenstein at Centre Pompidou

Best city to go to for art... New York

Your favorite museum in the world... Musée Rodin in Paris

The artist you would like to have lunch with... Lucian Freud

If you were an artist, who would you like to be... Andy Warhol

The artwork you’d like to have hanging in your living room... Francis Bacon Triptych – In Memory of George Dyer 1971

Chinese contemporary art for you is… The future

Something I would like to share

I recently saw the Roy Lichtenstein retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. I thought the pieces in the show were striking and that it was well curated.

Roy Lichtenstein is usually known for sky-rocketing prices on auctions but the exhibition gave a fascinating insight into the conceptual evolution of the artist. In this respect he was a key influence in the development of artists such as Bertrand Lavier. Lichtenstein is one of pop-art’s foremost representatives but his art is much more subversive than usually thought.

It was also fantastic to see rarely-exhibited pieces: particularly the sculptures and the very early works. The sculptures were a key part of his production and one cannot help but think it is pity they are currently ignored by collectors

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