Owner, HG Contemporary
In 2014 Philippe Hoerle-Guggenheim founded the HG Contemporary Gallery, which specializes in bold, process-oriented work by emerging and established artists. HG Contemporary is committed to developing its international program as a modern and contemporary art gallery by presenting ambitious and diverse exhibitions that emphasize both aesthetics and concept. The HG Contemporary Gallery opened its inaugural show with an exhibition by acclaimed street artist RETNA, known for his unique calligraphic script that he created through composing different aspects of language into one all his own. Previous exhibitions held at the gallery have featured artists Stuart McAlpine Miller, Jason Dussault, and Massimo Agostinelli.
Philippe Hoerle-Guggenheim was raised in the former German capital city of Bonn, where he had early access to the creative arts through his maternal grandmother, a noted antiques and art collector, and his mother. At just 12 years old, Philippe purchased his first piece of art, a Picasso sketch. Having been introduced to the arts at such a young age, Philippe was able to appreciate art from a different perspective early on in life. In hindsight, it was these formative years that were ultimately the resounding influence in Philippe’s future endeavors.
Philippe graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in 2005 from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge and went on to work as a financial analyst for companies such as Ernst & Young and The Hyatt Corporation. Though he learned a lot working in finance, ultimately Philippe recognized that his passion was for the arts. His activity in contemporary art was fostered at a ground level; interacting with and hosting events for artists in the United States and Europe. The active secondary art market trade would align him with his current business partner to open the inaugural group exhibition of the HG Contemporary Gallery in 2014 featuring artist RETNA.
When envisioning his plans for HG Contemporary, Philippe Hoerle-Guggenheim aspired to create an event driven gallery, that would host charity events and cocktail receptions, all while showcasing beautiful art. Ultimately, Philippe wanted to create a gallery that appealed to the social aspect of our time. For Philippe, it was important to showcase emerging artists alongside established artists to build a storyline. In doing so, it eliminates a competitive environment and promotes each artist individually. Having been opened for over two years now, Philippe has partnered with countless brands and artists to help raise awareness, and continues to evolve these partnerships today. Ultimately, opening HG Contemporary has been nothing short of incredible for Philippe, which has inevitably invoked plans to open galleries in Los Angeles, as well as overseas.
Apart from his duties with the gallery, Hoerle-Guggenheim is active with local and international charitable organizations, serving on the Host Committee for The Bowery Mission and as Board Chairman of Elevate New York with the Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists.