Step into the dynamic art scene of Shanghai, where Gallery Vacancy has been making its mark since its inception in November 2017. Founded by Lucien Y. Tso, the gallery initially occupied a historical residential building in the Former French Concession Area, immersing itself in the local history and engaging with human interaction and social discourse through a series of thought-provoking exhibitions and projects by international artists. Now, after five years of operation, Gallery Vacancy has found its new home in the vibrant Xintiandi Area, continuing its mission to showcase concept-oriented programs that explore parallel realities in response to the rapidly evolving cultural and urban landscape in Asia, with a particular focus on the next generation audience.
The name "Gallery Vacancy" perfectly encapsulates the gallery's ambition and spirit. It represents a space eagerly awaiting fulfillment by artists with innovative ideas and a cross-media approach to their practice. This openness to collaboration and exploration is at the core of Gallery Vacancy's philosophy. By providing a non-hierarchical platform, the gallery fosters a sense of connection and reconciliation, advocating for the voices of young talents while bringing together the perspectives of established and emerging artists from diverse contexts.
Moving beyond traditional boundaries, Gallery Vacancy seeks to bridge the gap between different artistic practices and narratives. Through its exhibitions and projects, the gallery encourages dialogue and cross-pollination of ideas, creating a space where artists can challenge existing norms and explore new possibilities. By embracing a concept-oriented approach, Gallery Vacancy invites artists to delve into uncharted territories, blurring the lines between mediums and pushing the boundaries of artistic expression.