Kin­dred Spir­its alan lo and wil­liam Zhao

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style -

res­tau­ra­teur alan Lo and art ex­pert Wil­liam Zhao are part of the art Com­mit­tee for Dud­dell’s—the Chi­nese res­tau­rant and sa­lon on Dud­dell Street that has gar­nered two Miche­lin stars—and their mu­tual love of art marked the start of a close friend­ship.

“Wil­liam and I met in the art cir­cuit as fel­low col­lec­tors; we’re also ac­tive sup­port­ers of the hong Kong art scene, in­clud­ing non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the asia art archive and Para Site. over the years, we’ve be­come good friends,” says alan. “I think whether you get along with some­one is a gut feel­ing. Wil­liam has an in­ter­est­ing sense of hu­mour so it’s such a plea­sure to hang out with him. We’re al­ways trav­el­ling to­gether to visit art ex­hi­bi­tions, fairs and artist stu­dios.”

“We speak the same lan­guage when it comes to restau­rants and art,” says Wil­liam. “alan is like a brother to me—he’s very easy-go­ing and we fully trust each other, so I feel very com­fort­able with him.”

alan and Wil­liam, along with yana Peel, Chrissy Sharp and re­cently added mem­ber Chan­tal Wong, put to­gether an eclec­tic art pro­gramme for Dud­dell’s that show­cases both hong Kong­based and in­ter­na­tional artists. an ex­hibit of note fea­tured renowned viet­namese-born Dan­ish con­cep­tual artist Danh vo, held in late 2014, and the team is now work­ing on a dis­play of works by es­tab­lished Main­land Chi­nese artist Song Dong.

“Ev­ery ex­hi­bi­tion that we launch at Dud­dell’s is a mile­stone for us,” says Wil­liam. “It al­lows us to share dif­fer­ent points of view on art, so­ci­ety and hong Kong. alan and I get a lot of in­spi­ra­tion and en­rich­ing ex­pe­ri­ences with each show that we put on.”

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