The Develter Gallery, the first solo gallery in Siem Reap by artist Christian Develter opened on 30 November at the FCC Angkor by Avani.

The new art space will house original oil paintings, limited edition lithographs, sculptures and iconic fashion items by the Belgian artist, including Develter’s latest Mara Sculpture Collection.

This new collection is an evolution of Develter’s Chin Series, lifting the large-scale works from canvas into a series of imposing busts that depict the intricately tattooed faces of the women of the Chin tribe.

Khmer stone carvers worked with Develter to bring his vision to life with sandstone, ethically sourced from the mountains of the Prey Vihear province.

Christian Develter working in his studio
Christian Develter working in his studio near Siem Reap, Photo credit: Antal Gabelics

Christian Develter said, “It is with great joy that we celebrate the launch of The Develter Gallery at the historic FCC Angkor by Avani. The space is a love letter to my adopted home of Siem Reap, and somewhere I hope both Cambodians and guests will find stimulating. It is my way of giving back to South East Asia and repaying this vast continent, with its diverse cultural heritage and artistic influences, for the boundless inspiration it has given for almost three decades.”

The opening ceremony was attended by HRH Princess Sita Norodom and the Belgian Ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos H.E. Ms. Sibille de Cartier d’Yves.

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