"Schoeni Projects is the exciting next chapter in my family's commitment to facilitating cross-cultural collaborations between Asia and Europe. Building on this legacy, my new venture expands beyond the confines of the typical gallery model; my hope is that, whilst reflecting my father's philosophy and unique joie-de-vivre, we will also provide a distinctly new and dynamic space, a truly contemporary hub for artists and art lovers to meet, engage and collaborate."
— Nicole Schoeni, May 2020
Founded by Nicole Schoeni, Schoeni Projects is based across London and Hong Kong. It is a new contemporary art project promoting and celebrating cross-cultural exchange through an innovative series of collaborations, presented in unique creative environments. Schoeni Projects focuses on two initiatives each year – with an outlook from ‘West-to-East’ and ‘East-to-West’.
SCHOENI PROJECTS LONDON
Located in a Victorian townhouse in South West London, Schoeni Projects London opens with a soft launch in July 2020 with its inaugural project disCONNECT LDN before its full opening in 2021, serves as both creative exhibition space and collaborative forum for the development of ideas and inspiration. An Artist in Residency programme and artist studio space are currently in development.
SCHOENI PROJECTS HONG KONG
Schoeni Projects HK launches in October 2020 with disCONNECT HK. At a later date, Schoeni Projects HK will be based in a warehouse loft in Hong Kong’s vibrant Wong Chuk Hang neighbourhood - the heart of the bustling, creative Aberdeen area of southwest Hong Kong Island. The space presents Schoeni Projects’ commercial focus, committed to offering infrastructure and support in promoting and developing the careers of emerging and established international artists and collaborators.
Nicole Schoeni is an art dealer and director of Schoeni Projects, a collaborative platform with bases in London and Hong Kong, dedicated to promoting contemporary art and cross-cultural exchange between East and West.
Previous to the launch of Schoeni Projects, Nicole was the director of Schoeni Art Gallery, one of Asia’s most influential art venues, pivotal in the development of a generation of Chinese contemporary artists and a prestigious hub of the Hong Kong art world. Nicole directed Schoeni Art Gallery for 10 years, following the death of the gallery’s influential founder (and Nicole’s father) Manfred Schoeni. Her experience had been honed through accompanying and assisting her father on his many artist studio visits across China.
An early pioneer in promoting Chinese avant-garde, neo-realism and political pop to the West, Manfred founded the gallery space in 1992, representing a leading portfolio of Chinese artists including Liu Ye, Liu Wei, Yue Minjun, Zeng Fanzhi and Zhang Xiaogang. Schoeni’s early support for this group of artists is widely regarded as an important moment in the subsequent global success of the movement. Under Nicole’s direction - in collaboration with her mother Wai Yin - since 2004, the gallery continued to foster young Chinese talent, including artists Chen Fei, Li Hongbo and Yang Yongliang, whilst also taking the gallery into new areas such as Urban Art; in 2008, the gallery mounted the first ever unauthorised exhibition of Banksy in Hong Kong.
Nicole took the decision to close Schoeni Art Gallery shortly after its 20th anniversary in 2013, dedicating her time to consulting for private clients and growing her own Arts patronage. In 2015 she curated the Hong Kong section of the China 8 Exhibition, the most comprehensive survey of contemporary Chinese art held in Germany to date; the exhibition was hosted across nine museums throughout eight cities, including NRW-Forum (Düsseldorf), Lehmbruck Museum (Duisburg) and the Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten (Marl). Shehas also worked as a curator and consultant on international arts projects, sits on the committee for The 14th Factory and Arts for Good Foundation, and is an active patron of Sovereign Art Foundation, Asia Art Archive and Para Site.